Teen Dissociative Disorder is a mental condition in which the brain dis-associates, or shuts down, as a means to avoiding or detaching from a severely painful or traumatic experience. This condition develops from teens experiencing a severe form of emotional or physical trauma, which causes the brain to defend itself from thoughts of, or symptoms related to, this trauma. Some forms of trauma that may lead to this condition include: childhood abuse, painful physical accidents or medical experiences, and/or witnessing of extreme violence or crime.
The symptoms of Teen Dissociative Disorder depend on the particular experience and brain of the teen. Some of the more common ways that the teens’ brains will detach include: memory loss, formation of alternative identities, insomnia, flashbacks and nightmares, mood disturbances, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Within Teen Dissociative Disorder, there are four different subsets, which are based on the symptoms of the particular teen’s illness. These subsets include: Depersonalization Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Dissociative Fugue Disorder, and Dissociative Amnesia Disorder.
Beyond the direct physical symptoms of the illness, teens with Dissociative Disorder also often experience negative effects in multiple areas of their lives, including at school, with extracurricular activities, in relationships, and within their general overall ability to navigate and enjoy life. Because the symptoms of the illness can be far-reaching, it’s important for teens to get professional support, as early as possible.
There are several different facets for our teen dissociative disorder treatment programs. Generally speaking, we implement a combination of individual and group talk therapy sessions, during which therapists help teens to examine and begin to explore the specific ways in which the teens’ brains have shut down or withdrawn. This process takes place by therapists working with teens to process the traumatic experiences, in a careful, safe process. Over time, therapists can help teens to re-engage those specific instances and memories in their lives, which will allow for healing and recovery to take place.
We also work with teens to support them to gain relief from symptoms. This process may include a number of different techniques that help to alleviate stress, minimize anxiety, teach teens to react to stressful triggers in healthier ways, and supporting the teens holistically, in order to improve the overall well-being of the teens.
Paradigm New York:
At Paradigm New York, we provide teen Dissociative Disorder treatment, as well as treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders. Paradigm New York is a premier residential teen treatment facility, located just outside of New York City. At Paradigm New York, our teen Dissociative Disorder treatment plans include a combination of traditional and progressive approaches, and always include daily individual therapy sessions with our therapists. At Paradigm New York, we serve teens from the New York area, as well as the rest of the country, and teens usually stay with us for between 4-6 weeks.