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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...

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 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...

The majority of college students do not graduate in four-years, whether it is due to changing majors, dropping courses, taking time off, or changing expectations of curriculum. The high school-to-college pipeline is responsible for 30% of college students dropping out during their first year. By year six, 56% of students have dropped out. It is natural for college dropouts to feel like they have given up on their goals, but shame around dropping out of college can lead to losing...

After leaving residential treatment, young women set different types of goals to help them maintain personal growth. While they may enter treatment questioning “What can I do to keep myself alive,” their focus shifts to “What do I plan to do with my one wild and precious life?” As they complete specific treatment goals, they begin to work on how to integrate healthy habits that will help them live a more purposeful life. Many girls continue to struggle with visualizing...

While no one necessarily wants to see themselves in a negative light, unconscious self-defeating thoughts can destroy one’s attempts to build self-esteem. These messages may be a response to traumatic events or rejection or a bad habit developed over time. When young adults have internalized messages that they are inadequate or worthless, they are less likely to pursue goals that would help them shift their perspective of themselves. Many young adults struggle to believe positive affirmations; however, trying to increase...

In the midst of a mental health epidemic on college campuses across the country, many young adults try to factor in finding therapeutic support when choosing colleges. One of the biggest struggles teens face when going to college is launching into independence, especially after leaving a residential treatment program. While they have taken steps in their lives to prepare emotionally to begin college, it is important for them to establish a support network and learn what resources they can access...

According to the latest meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, measures to address inequality and discrimination may be far more effective in combatting mental illness than the emphasis over the past 30 years on medication and therapy. While typical forms of psychotherapy are beneficial in reducing symptoms of depression, looking at mental health from a wellbeing perspective rather than a mental illness perspective may address underlying issues contributing to the mental health epidemic in young adults. Community models...