Adolescence can be a very turbulent time in young people’s lives. They are contending with hormonal changes, peer pressure, and a growing need and desire for independence, often all at once. Many teens also struggle with new or pre-existing mental health disorders or other stressors at home, school, or with their peers. As a result, teens may develop maladaptive coping behaviors, causing their behavioral health to deteriorate. When the behavioral health of young people suffers, it can adversely affect their mental and physical health as well. Therefore, good behavioral health is essential to adolescents’ overall well-being.
Mental health and behavioral health are often used synonymously. However, there are some differences between the two. Behavioral health is an umbrella term that encompasses all branches of the mental health field, including psychiatry, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, and more.
Mental health refers to a state of emotional well-being. An individual with good mental health can cope with normal stressors and function reasonably well in life. Examples of mental health disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia, among others. These conditions are not based on behavioral choices, and all have a biological component.
Behavioral health, on the other hand, can affect an individual’s mental health. In behavioral health disorders, an individual makes a conscious choice to behave in a particular manner. Substance abuse and other addictions, as well as eating disorders, are examples of behavioral health conditions. Ultimately, these destructive behaviors can erode an individual’s mental health, too.
Here at Turning Winds, we help young people struggling with behavioral health problems to take control of their behaviors and get their lives back on course. Our approach to treatment goes beyond behavior modification alone. We offer our clients a range of services to address their overall well-being, including mental, physical, academic, and spiritual needs. This helps to ensure the adolescents in our care achieve both short-term and long-term recovery and success.
Teenagers dealing with a behavioral health condition often benefit from receiving treatment in a new environment away from their regular routines, relationships, pressures, and stressors. This can play a vital role in their willingness, desire, and motivation for behavioral change.
Our purposely designed setting has a casual and comfortable home-like feel and is devoid of distractions. At Turning Winds, teens can focus instead on their personal health, developing healthy friendships, and learning to live mindfully.
As young people discover the real joy in the simple things in life, it can ease their path to healthy, behavioral change.
Our campus has a specially selected team that includes highly educated and experienced clinicians, case managers, teachers, and other team members. The young people in our care enjoy a safe, supportive environment that enables them to remove carefully constructed
protective masks. Once young people begin to open up, the underlying issues that have resulted in their maladaptive behaviors can be fully understood and addressed. Through ongoing supervised practice in an array of settings, treatments, and activities, teens can master the skills they have learned.
Turning Winds’ holistic approach to treatment includes an array of services to support adolescents’ total well-being and recovery, including clinical therapy, experiential therapies, academics, and fitness as well as nutrition. Through our unique supportive services, teens learn to live happily, healthily, and excel in their lives.
Call Turning Winds today to learn more about our behavioral health services and how we can help your adolescent function better at home, school, and in their community.