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Frequently Ask Questions

If you’re seeking treatment for yourself or someone you care about, we understand the importance of finding the right fit. Our center offers solutions that are effective, affordable, and tailored to your unique situation. Review our FAQs for insights, and reach out to us for further guidance.

Mood disorders

Some common symptoms include persistent sadness, irritability, changes in appetite or sleep, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and abrupt mood swings.

Treatment options include psychotherapy, medication under medical supervision, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT).

You can offer emotional support, actively listen, encourage them to seek professional help, validate their feelings, and show them they are not alone in their struggle.

Depression is characterized by persistent sadness, while bipolar disorder involves extreme mood swings, from euphoria to depression.

Rejection sentitivy dysphoria

Signs may include intense emotional reactions to perceived rejection, difficulty regulating emotions, significant impact on daily life (such as at school or in social activities), and possibly co-existing mental health issues like anxiety or depression.

You can support them by validating their feelings, encouraging open communication, helping them develop coping strategies (such as relaxation techniques or cognitive-behavioral therapy), promoting positive relationships, and advocating for school accommodations if needed.

Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) can be helpful. However, the choice of therapy depends on the individual teenager's needs.

Rejection sensitivity is characterized by disproportionately intense emotional reactions to perceived rejection, which can negatively impact daily functioning and relationships. If you notice these patterns consistently, it may be indicative of RSD.

Executive functioning

The main symptoms include mood fluctuations between periods of persistent low mood (depression) and periods of elevated mood or irritability (hypomania or mania). These states can be accompanied by symptoms such as grandiose thinking, impulsivity, decreased need for sleep, and excessive energy.

Some signs include struggling with basic daily activities, difficulty managing time effectively, organizing and planning tasks, regulating emotions, and facing academic challenges despite efforts.

You can help by using visual aids such as checklists, calendars, and schedules, breaking tasks into smaller steps, setting reminders and alarms, providing structure and routine, encouraging self-monitoring and reflection on progress, and being patient and supportive

Therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), executive functioning coaching, social skills training, mindfulness-based interventions, and occupational therapy can be helpful in developing skills for organization, time management, emotional regulation, and task management.

Anxiety disorders

Common examples include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and specific phobias (like fear of dogs, heights, or flying).

Warning signs can include suicidal thoughts or behaviors, difficulty performing daily tasks or attending school, extreme avoidance behaviors or panic attacks, trouble sleeping or eating, and severe physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or vomiting.

arents can encourage seeking professional help, assist in identifying triggers, promote relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation, provide emotional support without trying to solve their problems, establish healthy routines with exercise, diet, and sleep, encourage enjoyable activities even if motivation is low.

If you suspect an anxiety disorder, it's important to seek help from a licensed mental health professional for proper assessment and treatment recommendations.

Substance abuse

Signs may include behavioral changes such as engaging in risky or dangerous activities, experiencing academic or social problems, physical withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit substances, using multiple substances, or showing signs of severe addiction.

Substance abuse in adolescents can lead to addiction, impaired decision-making, academic decline, mental health issues, legal problems, physical health complications, and other negative outcomes affecting overall well-being and future prospects.

Parents should seek professional help if their teenager exhibits severe symptoms of substance abuse, experiences withdrawal symptoms, engages in risky behaviors.

Effective treatments include therapies like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address negative thought patterns, Motivational Interviewing (MI) to build motivation for change, Contingency Management (CM) to reinforce positive behaviors, Family Therapy to improve family dynamics, and Group Therapy for peer support and learning

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Common treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to challenge obsessive thoughts and learn coping skills, exposure and response prevention (ERP) to confront fears and resist compulsions, medication such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), family involvement in treatment, and school support.

Parents can help by educating themselves about OCD, encouraging professional help for diagnosis and treatment, promoting healthy habits like exercise and balanced nutrition, avoiding enabling OCD behaviors.

CBT helps identify and challenge irrational thoughts and behaviors associated with OCD, empowering children and teens to manage obsessions and compulsions effectively.

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity emphasizes valuing and embracing the unique ways of thinking and perceiving the world in children and adolescents. Rather than viewing differences as deficits, neurodiversity encourages understanding and support for their strengths and challenges.

Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), social skills training, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can be effective in supporting neurodiverse individuals by addressing specific needs related to mental health, social interactions, sensory processing, motor skills, and communication.

To support individuals with neurodiversity, educate yourself about their condition, listen actively and respectfully, encourage their strengths, communicate clearly and patiently, and foster inclusivity through social engagement and advocacy for acceptance.

Embracing neurodiversity promotes acceptance, inclusivity, and positive self-esteem for individuals with diverse neurological profiles. It leads to more effective support systems and interventions tailored to their unique needs.

Suicidality

Pay close attention to changes in behavior at home, school, or with friends, particularly if these changes have persisted for weeks and are affecting daily life. Loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities can also be a significant indicator.

Warning signs can include stockpiling medications or toxic substances, seeking access to lethal weapons, and expressing feelings of hopelessness or desire to end their life.

If you suspect your child is experiencing suicidality, seek immediate help by consulting a mental health professional, calling emergency services, or visiting the nearest Emergency Room.

PRI provides trained professionals and appropriate facilities to support families through crises related to suicidality. They offer evidenced-based therapies and collaborate with specialized physicians to develop personalized treatment plans that prioritize safety and wellness for both the child and the family.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Common therapies for ADHD include behavioral therapy to develop coping strategies and organization skills, medication like stimulants or non-stimulants to improve attention and reduce impulsivity, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to address negative behaviors.

Parents can assist adolescents by establishing structured routines, encouraging regular physical activity to improve focus, breaking tasks into manageable steps to reduce overwhelm, minimizing distractions in the environmen.

The goal of treatment is to help individuals manage symptoms effectively, improve daily functioning, and lead a fulfilling life by utilizing a combination of therapies tailored to their unique needs.

It is crucial to collaborate with a healthcare provider to determine the most suitable therapy or combination of therapies based on individual circumstances, ensuring optimal management and support for ADHD symptoms..

Behavioral disorders

Treatment typically involves a combination of medication, therapy (such as behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and social skills training), and behavior modification techniques. The goal is to reduce harmful behaviors and improve overall functioning.

Common therapies include behavioral therapy to change specific behaviors, parent training to manage behaviors at home, cognitive-behavioral therapy to address negative thoughts.

Parents can provide support and structure by establishing clear rules and routines, encouraging positive behavior with praise and rewards, and involving themselves in therapy and treatment planning.

Medication may be prescribed to manage symptoms of specific behavioral disorders like ADHD or anxiety. It is essential to work with healthcare professionals to determine if medication is necessary and to monitor its effectiveness and side effects closely.

Trauma

Signs include re-experiencing symptoms (flashbacks), avoidance behaviors, negative mood changes, hyperarousal (constant edginess), self-harm or suicidal ideation, and co-occurring mental health issues.

Therapies like Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, art therapy, and narrative exposure therapy (NET) help process trauma and develop coping skills.

Offer empathetic support by acknowledging their experience, reassuring them they're not alone, expressing availability for support, validating their feelings, and encouraging them to seek professional help.

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in children involves symptoms like intrusive memories, nightmares, avoidance, irritability, and hyperarousal. Treatment involves therapy to process trauma and manage symptoms effectively.

Depression

Signs include severe or persistent symptoms like hopelessness, difficulty functioning in daily life, social withdrawal, changes in sleep or appetite, co-occurring mental health issues, and history of self-harm or suicide attempts.

Therapies include Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Behavioral activation therapy (BAT), family therapy, and group therapy. These therapies help identify negative thoughts, improve relationships, manage emotions, and engage in fulfilling activities.

Support by encouraging professional help, providing emotional support without advice, establishing healthy routines, encouraging enjoyable activities, checking in regularly, and practicing patience and understanding throughout the recovery process.

Parents and caregivers should be aware of warning signs, seek help from a mental health professional, provide a supportive environment, encourage open communication, and actively engage in their child's treatment plan for depression.

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