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New Approaches to Teen Therapy Bring Results
Date:2/25/2010

When help is needed for a troubled teen and things feel like they are falling apart at home, psychotherapeutic interventions provide families with a growing array of options.

(PRWEB) February 25, 2010 -- When help is needed for a troubled teen and things feel like they are falling apart at home, psychotherapeutic interventions provide families with a growing array of options.

There was a time when parents turned to their own elders, their religious community, and extended family for assistance, but today’s parents are not as closely tied to support systems, and the help they seek is often within the professional community.

Only about half of American children and teenagers with certain mental disorders receive professional services and only about a third of youth with an anxiety disorder receive treatment, according to the NHANES survey (2001-04) published in Pediatrics and funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).*

Perhaps one reason for such a lack of services is the stigma that is associated with mental illness. Often insurance companies and managed care organizations refer to mental illness as behavioral healthcare to demystify and deconstruct the label of mental illness. Today, children who are diagnosed with clinical terminology are referred to as troubled teens so as to provide awareness that their diagnosis is not necessarily permanent.

Where Can a Parent Turn to for Help?

In the past, teens diagnosed with mental disorders (troubled teens) had limited treatment options, other than talk therapy with a licensed professional. During the last ten years, therapy approaches have changed significantly to meet the needs of troubled teens, according to Debora Waring, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist with Ironwood School and RTC.

Mental health professionals can suggest placing a teen in a structured residential program
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