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While individual therapy during residential treatment is focused on processing past patterns and learning new ways of coping, therapy in a transition program is about how to apply the skills they’ve learned to present-day scenarios and asking for help when it is needed. There’s a shift from “how do I manage life’s stresses as someone who struggles with their mental health” to “how do i manage life’s stresses as an adult with personal goals.” Many young adults in a similar...

The idea of being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder can feel daunting for a teenager who feels like they have the rest of their life ahead of them. “Personality disorders” refer to a long-held pattern of behavior and treatment-resistance, but they are not necessarily an intrinsic part of one’s personality. Borderline Personality Disorder is often developed as a way to cope with attachment issues and a history of trauma. As teens begin to heal from trauma during residential treatment, symptoms...

Recommending exercise to someone deep in a depressive episode or meditation to someone in the middle of a panic attack may not be the most appropriate way of dealing with their emotions. However, they can be healthy coping mechanisms to have in one’s toolbelt to manage emotions on an ongoing basis--both in the background and in the moment. Lifestyle changes are simple but powerful tools in treating depression and anxiety, and they are an essential component of an integrated approach...

Many young adults with anxiety disorders struggle with perfectionistic tendencies yet never feel like they quite measure up. The standards that they hold for themselves aren’t always realistic, which can get in the way of them achieving their goals. This adds to the cycle of feeling even more anxious and insecure. Between grades and socializing, schools can be a hotbed for anxiety and depression. However, there are many academic options available to help young adults with anxiety stay on track...

Many young adults who are worried about failure to launch after residential treatment may choose a transitional living program instead of moving back home. They find that moving to a new city may push them out of their comfort zone, but that this move was necessary for them to gain independence. Choosing a transitional living program outside of their hometown gives them some distance from stressors and unhealthy friendships and allows them to focus on their personal goals. Starting over...

Many young women leave residential treatment feeling prepared to transition into independence, but the fear of failure to launch stays in the back of their mind. Some continue to struggle with visualizing a life beyond their history of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Regardless of progress made in therapy, failure to launch is common after leaving residential treatment without a multidimensional aftercare plan. Challenges After Residential Treatment While some girls may have been role models at a previous treatment program, it is...

Even after they move out of the house, family therapy is still useful for young adults who want to be more independent. Many young adults feel that it is not necessary to resolve conflict with parents once they no longer see them on a daily basis, but family therapy can help families strengthen their relationship whether issues brought up are new or unresolved. As young adults are at a crossroads in their lives, repairing relationships with their family can offer...

After leaving residential treatment, many young adults struggle with feeling isolated from others. Transitioning from a supportive environment where their peers have gone through similar struggles, they reintegrate into society unsure of where they belong or where they even want to belong. They may feel overwhelmed by the idea of launching into adulthood on their own. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t ready to be more independent, but it suggests that strengthening social bonds may help them feel more motivated...

Depression may be more closely associated with feelings of hopelessness rather than feelings of sadness, which typically characterize the disorder. Sadness is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences. As sadness tends to be associated with a specific event, crying or venting about the situation can improve one’s mood, but for people who experience depression, they often feel like nothing they do makes a difference. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are choosing the wrong coping mechanisms. There are a...

After leaving residential treatment, young women often look for alternative ways to manage depression beyond traditional psychotherapy. Transition programs encourage residents to get involved in recreation activities to help them find a sense of purpose and improve their overall physical health and wellbeing. Yoga and mindfulness are becoming popular activities among young women, but recent research suggests that it may be more than just a trend in the wellness world. Yoga and mindfulness are effective strategies, when combined with other...