ADHD Treatment Center For Teens

Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often a perplexing issue for teens and their families. On the one hand, those with ADHD often focus intently on one specific thing or task, while excluding all others. However, they may feel concentration is challenging and sitting still is impossible. Because of this, they go from one thing to the next and are constantly in motion.  Many teens and adolescents with ADHD do grow into creative, energetic, and successful adults, given the proper support and right environment. However, life can also present frustrating challenges for these individuals, contributing to learning disabilities and difficulty “fitting in” to a society that moves at a different pace and expects different behaviors. That’s where an ADHD treatment center for teens, like Red Mountain Colorado, can help.

ADHD can result from a variety of causes, including the brain’s processing speed. For example, some of those with ADHD may process information more slowly than other people, a situation that would explain the tendency for some to shut everything out and focus on one subject, “working it into the ground.”

At our treatment center, we understand the complexities of ADHD and the three different types, which include:

  • Inattentive
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive
  • Combined

The Red Mountain Colorado Response to ADHD

We understand that each individual’s experience with ADHD is unique. Because of this, we approach treatment with an individualized plan for each teenaged student. Many of them feel that they are “wrong” because of how ADHD affects their behavior. This can come across as “dreaminess” or “being hyper.” These negative responses often lead to reduced self-esteem and may increase their anxiety about social situations. We help students understand that they are not “bad” or “troubled” kids, and that they can develop skills to work effectively with their ADHD issues in a nurturing environment. The Red Mountain Colorado milieu is designed to be emotionally supportive. Students in our treatment program support one another throughout their journey with us. It is a comforting place for students who have misunderstood in the past.

Using the key Red Mountain Colorado modalities of mindfulness, adventure programming, meditation, yoga and martial arts, our students have increased focus, heightened self-esteem, improved social relationships, physical and emotional health, and higher levels of self-efficacy. Individual and group therapy reinforce the positive impact of these methods.

Mindfulness has proven to be especially effective in treating ADHD. When our students see themselves as struggling with motivation and apathy, and label themselves as less intelligent than they actually are, we point out that these are symptoms associated with processing difficulties. This is an issue that is important for them to understand and appreciate rather than a reason for negative self-statements. Over time, we can help them to modulate the ADHD symptoms and patterns of negative self-talk through our clinical program and mindfulness training.

Teens also address their issues through nutritional education from our full-time nutrition coach, as well as regular exercise, since both exercise and diet are widely considered to be key components of recovery from ADHD.

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