When an individual experiences a traumatic event, it can have a profound, lasting effect. A particular traumatic experience shared by many can result in a wide array of individual responses. What is perceived as a relatively temporary event to one person may cause an exaggerated nervous system response in another. As such, it is important to recognize that each of us reacts differently to situations. If your teen exhibits signs of prolonged emotional and mental harm from an event, it’s vital to seek treatment so your adolescent can heal from the emotional wound.

A traumatic event may occur during an adolescent’s life that makes it difficult for the teen to cope with or understand what has happened. When this happens, it can be difficult for a teenager to bounce back afterward. This puts a teen at risk for developing emotional, behavioral, and mental health conditions.

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Trauma is an event that robs teens of the pieces of who they are. As a result, they respond and behave in unhealthy ways until someone recognizes and helps them deal with the trauma.

At Prosper, we are extremely successful in working with teens who have endured horrendous events such as rape, incest, sexual and physical abuse, and suicidal attempts. Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes. The key to helping teens who have experienced trauma is to correctly identify the underlying issue and work through it in a safe, supportive environment.

Trauma Signs And Symptoms In Adolescents

A traumatic event may have occurred at any point in an adolescent’s life. However, symptoms may not present or be evident until sometime down the road. An adolescent with a traumatic background may experience several symptoms, including:

  • Nightmares, flashbacks or constant memories of a traumatic event
  • Feeling tense or on edge
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating at school, work, and during normal activities
  • Avoidance of people and places that remind them of a traumatic event
  • Repetitive, impulsive, or angry behavior
  • Startle easily
  • Feel emotionally drained and hopeless
  • Difficulty sleeping

At Prosper Treatment, our team of clinically trained professionals has worked with many teens and their families struggling with trauma backgrounds. We have seen firsthand how our treatment approach not only produces healing but it also brings families back together. We help families accomplish this by working closely with our clients to develop healthy, long-term strategies in a safe, supportive setting. We have been very successful in utilizing EMDR as a means to help clients heal from their trauma.

Causes Of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Teens

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can result from witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Some of the experiences or events that may cause trauma in teens to include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal or emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • Witnessing domestic violence
  • Loss of or separation from a parent, caregiver, or sibling
  • A debilitating illness
  • Invasive medical or dental procedures
  • Bullying
  • Rape
  • A serious accident
  • Witnessing or experiencing school or community violence
  • Natural disasters

The causes of trauma are by no means limited to these experiences. If your adolescent has a trauma background or you suspect your teen may be experiencing PTSD, Prosper Treatment can help. We provide a safe, compassionate environment for holistic care that focuses on the whole person. Our experienced, multidisciplinary staff will create an individualized treatment plan so your teen can work through their trauma, heal, and realize a healthy path forward.

Treatment at Prosper Residential Center in Troy, Montana

At Prosper Treatment, our team of clinically trained professionals offers a wide range of teen trauma treatment services. We proudly serve clients in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and worldwide. If you have any questions or would like more information about the residential treatment programs we offer, contact us at 1-855-383-2566 to speak with one of our qualified treatment specialists.