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Adolescent Mental Health Disorders Treated at Orlando Treatment Solutions

The Department of Health and Human Services recently completed a twelve-month study focusing on adolescent mental health in the United States. The study concluded that an estimated 49.5% of adolescents in the United States have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Also, 37% of high school adolescents report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness and 15% had at least one Major Depressive Episode.

In the United States, it is often a challenge to access behavioral and mental health treatment for adolescents. In Orlando, outpatient (PHP/IOP) adolescent services tend to be part of psychiatric hospital systems. Attending these programs can be difficult due to the distance, traffic, and busy family schedules. There also can be quite different levels of functioning among teens attending these services, which makes it difficult for each teen to receive the right kind of care and support. These barriers can lead to increased symptoms, treatment dropout, not following continuing care plans, inadequate outcomes, and overall dissatisfaction. Due to high client-to-staff ratios in many programs, teens receive less individualized treatment and communication weakens between the treatment team, the family, and their outpatient providers.

Orlando Treatment Solutions specializes in adolescent behavioral and mental health services that are individualized and accessible to the community. As a result, families and teens have a better opportunity to engage in treatment and support the healing process of the family system. In our experience, the more engagement with the family or support system, the better the outcomes for the teen. Also, bridging the gap between outpatient providers and our programs improves continuity of care and success rates.

We know that it is important for adolescents with behavioral and mental health concerns to receive the most appropriate form of treatment in a timely manner. We also understand that adolescence can be a critical and challenging time for teens and their families. Teens experience significant emotional changes related to expansive brain and hormonal development over a relatively short period of time. Such psychological and biological changes combined with stress from school and social pressures often lead to behavioral and mood disorders.

Fortunately, teens with behavioral or mood disorders are often receptive to positive influences in emotional and behavioral learning. With the proper treatment and guidance, teens can learn coping and life skills to help them throughout their lives. Our specialized day programs focus on making sure that each teen receives the best possible support and structure that meets their behavioral and mental health needs.

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Adolescent Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

We offer Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs for teens ages 13 and older with varying structures that fit individual needs. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are valuable and clinically appropriate as step-down levels of care for teens leaving hospitalization or residential services. PHP and IOP are also highly beneficial as early interventions to prevent the need for higher levels of care, such as a hospital. Access to care and timing are both crucial related to adolescent behavioral and mental healthcare. If teens with acute psychiatric symptoms does not receive the right level of care at the right time, their condition and symptoms inevitably worsen.

Through our specialized PHP and IOP services, teens learn how to improve their emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Our treatment options help teens with a range of mental, emotional and behavioral conditions including:

• Depressive Disorders
• Anxiety Disorders
• Bipolar Disorders
• Trauma and PTSD
• ADHD/ADD
• Adjustment Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
• Suicidal Thoughts or Actions
• Self-Harm
• Behavioral Problems at Home and/or School

Goals of PHP and IOP treatment include improved levels of functioning, psychoeducation, skill development, and improved family / support system communication.

Our main objectives for meeting these goals include:

1. Comprehensive assessment
2. Medication Management
3. Improved functioning within life domains of the individual
4. Learn about mental health conditions and their management
5. Enhanced understanding by the client’s identified support-system for treatment needs
6. Engagement in the treatment experience
7. Development of a continuing care plan
8. Reduce fragmentation of care


Specialized Services for Adolescents in our

Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Group Therapy

Using evidence-based curricula, daily group therapy sessions allow teens to improve coping and life skills, build healthy relationships, support one another, and engage in the healing process

Psycho-Educational Groups

In psycho-educational groups, clinical professionals educate teens on human development and how the brain works. These groups help teens improve their thought processes and change their behaviors.

Individual Counseling

Licensed clinicians first complete a thorough clinical assessment. This determines each teen’s specific needs. As a result, the treatment team creates an individualized treatment plan that focuses on fully addressing your teen’s needs within the most appropriate level of care. Individual sessions complement PHP and IOP.

Family Sessions

Treatment for teens typically includes family participation, which creates a greater likelihood that both the teen and the family will improve and heal. As a result, teens can recover and succeed in treatment. We provide family workshops and family sessions as part of our programming.

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Program and Clinical Structure

Our PHP is 6 hours per day, five days per week (Monday-Friday) and the length of stay ranges from 4–6 weeks. Our IOP is 3 days per week for 3 hours each day, and the length of stay ranges from 6-12 weeks. Daily attendance and participation in every group is essential for providing each teen with a comprehensive treatment experience that meets specific needs.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the primary, evidence-based clinical model that we use for our adolescent PHP and IOP programs. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychological treatment approach that focuses on increasing psychological flexibility, focusing on the present moment, and working on taking committed actions towards a client’s own values. ACT builds on traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through an action-orientated approach by the acceptance of emotions and thoughts instead of engaging in experiential avoidance, which increases suffering. The aim is to increase psychological flexibility, self-empowerment, and create a rich and meaningful life. Depending on individual needs, we integrate Process-Oriented Group Therapy, Psychoeducational Groups and Experiential Therapy within the ACT curriculum.

ACT is a transdiagnostic clinical model, which means that ACT is applicable and effective for most disorders and conditions outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). ACT’s global applicability also means that clinicians can tailor the clinical model to each client’s individual needs. Our top priority is making sure that each of our clients receives the best possible treatment and care that meets their individual needs and goals. Alongside ACT’s widespread recognition as a highly valuable clinical model, our experience using ACT gives us the confidence that it is the most effective clinical model for our particular services.


Differences Between Adolescent Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programming

Partial hospitalization is often a step down from inpatient hospitalization or residential services. As mentioned previously, partial hospitalization also serves as an early intervention model, or a way for teens to engage in intensive treatment and, ideally, avoid hospitalization.

Teens are referred to Partial Hospitalization Programs because they are experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms, behavioral disturbances, or struggling with related conditions that affect their daily ability to function. While such symptoms may be difficult to manage, teens in PHP do not require 24-hour supervised care such as inpatient or residential. PHP provides structured programming throughout the day and typically lasts for several weeks, as clinically indicated.

Intensive Outpatient Programming is designed to help teens safely transition from residential treatment or partial hospitalization. IOP allows them to continue their recovery in a structured and secure environment. IOP also helps to prepare teens to transition to outpatient counseling or therapy services upon successful completion of IOP. Like PHP, IOP can serve as an early intervention model that addresses symptoms and behaviors so that teens may avoid higher levels of care.

PHP and IOP services both focus on preventing and reducing mental health relapse, hospitalization, or incarceration.

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Differences Between Adolescent Behavioral Health and Mental Health

Behavioral health and mental health are two terms that are often used interchangeably. But each term has clear distinctions. Orlando Treatment Solutions understands the differences between adolescent behavioral health and mental health because they can mean something different for each adolescent and the type of services they need.

Mental health refers specifically to the emotional, psychological and social well-being of a person. Behavioral health, on the other hand, focuses on habits and actual behaviors that can influence and affect mental health. In other words, it benefits teens and families to understand how mental health affects behavioral health, and vice-versa. It is important, for example, to learn how depression (mental health) can easily disrupt a teen’s ability to function daily (behavioral health). Depressed teens often respond behaviorally by engaging in self-harming activities, isolating from family and friends, performing poorly at school, stopping physical exercise, etc. Our PHP and IOP programs help teens and families understand the relationship between behavioral health and mental health. Understanding this relationship creates insight which leads to improved mental and behavioral health.

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