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Teen Grief and Loss Treatment

Overview:

At Paradigm New York, we provide Teen Grief and Loss Treatment for teens that are suffering from a recent grief, which has resulted in symptoms of such severity that they are disruptive of many areas of their lives.  While losing a loved one is always a difficult experience for anyone, for some people this loss triggers a more severe response, causing teens to experience negative symptoms that go beyond the normal scope and length of time.  This type of grieving goes beyond just the contextual sadness of the loss and tends to pervade multiple aspects of the teens’ lives, in negative ways, often leading to disruptions in their school work, their relationships, and their motivation overall.

 

Symptoms:

Grief is an extremely intrusive, difficult process and at the same time, a healthy, necessary process one.  Sometimes, experiencing a loss causes such extreme responses that teens are no longer able to healthily function in their lives.  When teens are experiencing this type and severity of grief response, the symptoms can span the physical, mental, and social and commonly include:

  • Sudden changes in mood/irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Change in weight/appetite
  • Inability to think clearly/concentrate
  • Inability to stay organized
  • Feelings of anger and guilt
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Nightmares
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression

 

 

Treatment:

Teen Grief and Loss Treatment focuses primarily on helping teens to observe, identify and process the feelings they’re experiencing, so they can then move through them.  Sometimes, because of the severity of the emotions involved with a loss, people can feel trapped in a cycle of the experience, which makes it difficult for them to engage in their lives, on a day-to-day basis.  One of the causes for teens feeling stuck or trapped is they get stuck within certain thought processes, because of the traumatic effect that the loss had on them.  As teens spend time evaluating and expressing the experience their loss, it allows them to gain more space and clarity surrounding not only the event itself, but themselves, with relationship to the loss.  In time, this will help teens to gradually gain relief from the overwhelming nature of the obsession-like nature of their grief, and begin functioning successfully again in their lives. In some instances, therapists may recommend that teens take some form of medication, in order to help abate the current symptoms, in order for teens to be more capable of engaging in therapeutic work.

 

Paradigm New York:

At Paradigm New York, we provide thorough, holistic treatment for teens that are suffering from grief or loss.  Based in a house-like setting just outside of beautiful New York City, our Paradigm New York treatment center is a wonderful place where teens can come get help to face their loss, process their grief, and gradually begin the work to move through it, so they can continue to live healthy, happy lives.  Our treatment for Teen Grief and Loss pays special attention to any potential Co-Occurring disorders that may be exacerbating symptoms, such as Anxiety or Depression.  We provide teen treatment for adolescents from New York and all over the United States.