Characterized by hostile and often physically violent behaviors as well as a disregard for others, conduct disorder is a serious mental illness that affects both children and adolescents. Young people with conduct disorder have an extremely hard time following rules and behave in a socially unacceptable way, which leads to the development of a wide variety of detrimental effects. Southwood Psychiatric Hospital understands that conduct disorder is debilitating for young people and is pleased to offer treatment that is geared towards improving the lives of all who are entrusted in our care. Our programming is designed to help young people struggling with conduct disorder learn better ways of interacting with the world so that they can go on to have a successful future. We will also provide valuable resources to family members and education about conduct disorder so that parents can learn how to encourage desired behaviors and learn how to better communicate with their child. This helps to ensure that treatment remains successful once their time at Southwood has ended. At Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, we want children and adolescents to succeed in overcoming the devastating symptoms of mental illnesses.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a child or adolescent has conduct disorder it can be extremely challenging to change their defiant behavior. As a parent of a child with this disorder, you may be at a loss for what you can do to help your child. While you may be angry at your child for acting out in this disobedient and hostile manner, you also may find yourself worried about what their future may hold. Here are some things that as a parent you can do that can possibly help your child overcome this disorder:
- Educate yourself about this disorder, taking the time to learn about all of the treatment options that are available for your child.
- Take the time to talk with mental health professionals who specialize in childhood and adolescent disorders as they will be able to provide you with valuable resources, including a variety of treatment options that may work best for your child’s specific needs.
- Reach out to other families or support services in the area who can provide you with additional support during this difficult time.
- Make sure that you reassure your child that you are there for them and will continue to support them throughout the entire treatment process.
Why Consider Treatment at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital
Children and adolescents with conduct disorder should get help as soon as possible because the earlier treatment is sought the better the outcome. Left untreated, conduct disorder can cause a number of detrimental effects in a young person’s life, including the development of antisocial personality disorder in adulthood. Young people with conduct disorder tend to pick fights with others and engage in reckless behaviors, both of which can result in serious injuries. Additionally, children and adolescents with conduct disorder tend to have multiple run-ins with law enforcement, which could potentially lead to incarceration. Furthermore, the longer this disorder remains untreated, the greater the likelihood that the child will be unable to adapt to the demands of adulthood.
Types of Treatment Offered at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital
As a foremost provider of child and adolescent mental healthcare, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is devoted to providing the most effective mental health treatment, education, and assisted living services to youth who are battling emotional, behavioral, and cognitive concerns that are unique to young people. We believe that it is necessary to address and care for every need for each of our patients so that the most favorable treatment outcomes are the result. We believe all people are capable of change and possess the capacity to learn new skills and abilities that can serve well for a lifetime. Based on this belief, we facilitate a therapeutic environment that is conducive to healing and change so that each youth entrusted into our care has the opportunity to gain insight about his or her own life and develop positive skills for healthy functioning.
The methods for care utilized at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital include cognitive-behavioral approaches that implement crisis and reality theories. We believe that these approaches, coupled with a structured setting, produce lasting healing and promote interpersonal growth. Cornerstone to the care supplied by Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is individualized treatment planning within a therapeutic milieu that incorporates these approaches within several therapeutic methods. We also encourage each patient’s family to be involved in the therapeutic process so that every child and adolescent reaps the benefits of having ample support while bettering him or herself.
The following treatment methods are those that are featured within the programming offered at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, methods that are proven to improve the lives of the population we serve:
Medication management: When a mental health condition, such as conduct disorder, or other co-occurring condition require the use of pharmaceutical intervention in order to alleviate the presenting symptoms, the use of medication may be incorporated into a youth’s treatment plan. The need for medication is assessed by a psychiatrist who can then prescribe, monitor, and adjust medication(s) if it is deemed necessary for a youth’s care. Additionally, medical personnel, such as nurse practitioners and nurses, assist in the supervision of medication management so that the most effective dosage of a given medication produces the most favorable results. These professionals have contact with patients on a daily basis.
Individual therapy: Held every other day on the inpatient units, individual therapy sessions are provided to patients so that one-on-one time with a mental health professional can be had in order to help each youth process emotions and monitor treatment goals while in our care. This is a time in which a young person can talk about his or her successes and explore areas for improvement.
Family therapy: The involvement of each patient’s family is integral to the treatment at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital. We facilitate family therapy sessions at least one to two times over the course of a youth’s treatment. During family sessions, youth, caregivers, and other loved ones can work through familial conflicts, improve communication, and learn how to work as a team in ensuring lasting recovery from mental health concerns, such as the presence of depression symptoms. Additionally, we put forth every effort to make sure each young person in our care is able to have contact with his or her family at least once a day.
Group therapy: A myriad of groups are part of the treatment featured in our inpatient programming. Groups allow patients to practice new skills that have been learned, receive additional support from our staff as well as peers, and learn new methods for managing emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Groups are held four times a day and are led by Master’s level clinicians, nurses, and other experienced professionals. Topics covered within these groups include the following and are based on the cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach:
- The importance of and how to follow directions
- Recreation groups
- Anger management
- Stress management techniques
- Social skill development
- Effective methods for coping
- Teamwork and team building skills
- Diagnosis education
- Medication education
Experiential therapy: In order to encourage creative expression and stress the benefits of physical activity, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital incorporates numerous experiential therapies into its inpatient programming. The following are examples of the experiential therapies patients are able to participate in during the course of treatment:
- Opportunities for recreation outside
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
While the programming offered within Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is focused on patients being able to achieve their treatment goals, we remain dedicated to helping those who come to our hospital for care in succeeding once they have completed their treatment. From the moment a youth is admitted into one of our programs, our staff begins formulating aftercare recommendations that will meet the child or adolescent’s needs. Inpatient treatment, by nature, is designed to stabilize a youth so that the therapeutic process can continue at a lower level of care. Therefore, we conduct an ongoing assessment of needs in order to ensure that referrals to another treatment provider will help a patient continue his or her success long after leaving Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.
Our staff of compassionate and caring professionals will work in collaboration with each youth and his or her family to establish how the youth will retain skills learned and which services in the community will refine and build upon those skills.
Whatever your child or adolescent’s mental health needs may be, let Southwood Psychiatric Hospital be your treatment provider of choice when trying to help your child overcome conduct disorder and achieve the life that he or she deserves.