At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we firmly believe that the most effective teen treatment is that which acknowledges and addresses the complex relationships between physical and mental health. While the knowledge and science behind these essential connections continue to point to a more holistic approach to health care, so many teen treatment centers continue to provide treatment that fails to properly and sufficiently address teens’ current physical needs. This not only leaves teens vulnerable to continued symptoms but also undermines the teens’ attempts at recovery and healing, if important physical health factors are left unaddressed. At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we’ve designed a thorough diagnostic process which assesses the full range of teens’ current health factors, one aspect of which is our Medical Evaluation.
All teens entering a Paradigm Treatment Center undergo a thorough medical evaluation as part of the initial assessment, which takes place within 48 hours of admission. The medical evaluation obtains the teens’ baseline measurements of overall systemic health and physical functioning. One of the crucial aspects of this evaluation is to provide the treatment team with a cohesive, accurate view of the underlying causes of teens’ current symptoms and experiences.
While there are a number of symptoms teens can present which overlap between mental health conditions, there is also considerable overlap with numerous different physical conditions, such as autoimmune function, endocrine system conditions, digestive conditions, and more. In this sense, it’s absolutely possible for teens to for instance experience severe symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, which originated from a autoimmune condition. Consequentially, the teen isn’t going to be able to experience lasting recovery and healing until these physical needs are addressed. Through our medical evaluation and the other integral aspects of our initial assessment, we’re able to identify these important factors which are contributing to teens’ overall health and well-being, and design treatment accordingly.
While the inextricable connection between physical and mental health is always present, there are even more present relationships in teens suffering from a mental health condition. That is to say, young people that are struggling with emotional health issues are far more likely to begin exhibiting a range of physical health ailments. While this is of course due to a number of complex biological relationships, at least one reason for this correlation is the common factor of stress, which characterizes just about every form of mental health and physical health ailment. The reverse cause-and-effect relationship is also true, in that a number of mental health conditions will contribute to development of physical ailments and symptoms. Just a few examples of this include things such as increased blood pressure, disturbed sleep patterns, disrupted hormone functioning, and lethargy.
At Paradigm Treamtnet Centers, our approach to teen treatment is to provide young people with the comprehensive support they need, in order to be able to heal and recover, at the deepest levels possible. In order to successfully address these root causes, we must first accurately understand what they are. This is especially important for things such as Co-Occurring Disorders, which continue to be vastly undertreated, if not omitted, in so many teen treatment facilities. The medical information we obtain from this initial evaluation provides our treatment team with a thorough background which allows them to be knowledgable and precise in designing treatment aspects that range from things such as medication to nutrition plans to physical fitness applications, and more. By working to meet all of teens’ needs in this thorough, intentional way, we’re able to provide a much more complete treatment plan which allows young people to make powerful changes during their time here at Paradigm Treamtnet Centers.