Understanding Teenage Trauma
Research shows that adolescents are at high risk of experiencing traumatic events. In addition to the traumatic stressors adults face every day, teenagers are also at risk of trauma-related to bullying and embarrassment in school, violence at home or in the community, and experimentation with drugs and alcohol.
As adolescents try to figure out who they are and how to fit in, many young people engage in risk-taking behavior that may render them even more vulnerable to traumatic events. Learn how this trauma could be affecting your teen and how you can help keep them healthy and safe.
Causes of Teen Trauma Disorders
Trauma disorders can be caused by any psychological or emotional scar in an adolescent. Childhood abuse, natural disasters, sexual violence, personal tragedy and loss, and even bullying may cause enough trauma to persist throughout teenage years or young adulthood.
You might know exactly what caused your child’s trauma or you may just have a suspicion that something has happened to them. Ascend can help you find out exactly what’s going on in their life and what might be affecting your teen in a negative way. Through our adolescent trauma treatment program, your teen can begin to heal.
Effects of Teen Trauma Disorder
Trauma can have both physical and mental effects that may start in the short term, but when left untreated, can have long-term consequences. Some adolescents carry these issues with them for decades, making it difficult for them to make and keep friends, hold down jobs, and generally fit in with society.
The mental effects of trauma can include the following:
- Vulnerability to stress
- Trouble controlling or expressing emotions
- Violent or inappropriate reactions to situations
- Depression and anxiety
- Emotional numbing
Trauma can also affect your teen physically in the following ways:
- Weak immune system
- Lack of normal development in stress response systems
- Chronic recurring pain with no cause — headaches and stomach pain are common
- Hypersensitivity to sounds, smells, light, or touch
- Anesthesia and analgesia
Signs A Teen Needs An Adolescent Trauma Treatment Program
You might be concerned about trauma in your teen, but you’re unsure what signs and symptoms you should be looking for. Before contacting an adolescent trauma treatment program, look out for the following behaviors in your teen:
- Disengagement from family and peers
- Changes in behavior
- Unwarranted flashbacks to traumatic events
- Heightened reaction to certain stimuli
- Feelings of dread
- Social withdrawal
- Inability to maintain relationships
- Inability to maintain trust
- Difficulty with coherent thoughts, feelings, memories, or perceptions
- Avoiding certain scenarios that remind an individual of the trauma
If any of the above apply to your teen’s recent behavior, Ascend Healthcare can walk you through the next steps of our trauma disorders treatment program in California.
Ascend’s Adolescent Trauma Treatment Program
You don’t need to deal with teen trauma all on your own. If your child is displaying signs of a trauma disorder, Ascend Healthcare offers professional diagnosis and guidance. Our team has experience assessing and addressing your teen’s trauma in a safe, non-judgemental place. We provide an adolescent trauma treatment program where they receive a customized treatment plan to help them identify their trauma and work through it with the assistance of highly-qualified mental health professionals. Once they complete their time with us, we can offer additional advice for long-term care and support.