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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...

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...

One of the biggest obstacles for young women leaving residential treatment is building healthy relationships. Many teens come from a background of social isolation or making connections based on shared negative experiences or interest in risky behaviors. For both groups of teens, social media has played a role in both helping them maintain social connections and contributing to unhealthy comparisons between bodies, lifestyles, and social status. As an alternative to social media, healthy social activities help girls develop meaningful relationships...

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...