Ozark Trails Academy – Help for your Teen Suffering with Self-Harm Disorder
Self-Harm (also known as self-abuse, self-mutilation or self-injury) can be the way by which an adolescent communicates feelings they are unable to articulate, allowing distraction from painful emotions, or gaining control over, at least, his or her body if feeling unable to control anything else in his or her life.
We know how to help your teen who might be struggling with Self-Harm, a condition in which he or she is deliberately causing injury to self, more than just in the form of cutting, sometimes by punching, head banging, drinking something dangerous like detergent, breaking bones or preventing wounds from healing.
Many children who suffer from Self-Harm report some type of childhood abuse (sexual or physical), and almost all sufferers say they were discouraged from showing emotions. Self-Abuse is not usually seen as a cry for help, since teens generally do it in secret, and work to cover up not only the behavior, but also the emotions leading to it. Your child may feel alone or empty inside, fearful of intimate relationships. Self-harming behaviors can be a sign of several different psychiatric illnesses or personality disorders, so should be diagnosed professionally.
There is not one, standard treatment approved for this disorder, but a myriad of options, such as different types of psychotherapy. Care might include outpatient therapy or hospitalization or (aiding in understanding destructive thoughts and behaviors, acquiring skills in developing outside relationships, etc.), mindfulness-based therapies (which help living in the present and more accurately interpreting the actions of those around you) and, possibly, medication.
A Hope and a Future for Every Teen.
Ozark Trails Academy is here to help your struggling or rebellious teen. Our program instills integrity, accountability, responsibility and character while providing your child behavioral counseling and a quality education.
Our family-model lifestyle offers a safe, nurturing atmosphere that encourages developing skills, particularly in building positive relationships with authority figures as well as their peers. The staff works with our teen boys and girls to teach them independent skills and valuable life lessons that will provide a foundation for building their future.
Counseling is provided for teens who struggle with behavioral and emotional problems, and they meet with a licensed certified counselor once weekly at a minimum. Daily group sessions are used to address issues of anger management and respect of authority, self-respect, or other relevant issues. The non-threatening atmosphere of this small group session allows them to learn from one another, and they can realize there are appropriate ways of managing their respective behavioral difficulties. Regular psychiatric monitoring is available for students who require medication.
Designed to meet the learning needs of the individual child, students advance at their own pace; most often an accelerated pace which boosts self-respect, repairs self-confidence and promotes security for a successful future. They are recognized and rewarded for value, effort and significance in learning.
So many teens have lost sight of a clear and positive future, but we see so many reach for their highest potential when given the tools and education to do so. Please call Ozark Trails Academy at (385) 352-3371 if you have tried everything, and are ready to see your problem child develop into a successful young adult.