Teen Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder is a physical condition likened to a severe form of PMS (or Premenstrual Syndrome). Teen Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder is characterized by mood disturbances that can be so severe that they prohibit teens’ ability to live healthy, enjoyable lives, because of how the mood symptoms negatively affect teens’ mental clarity, relationships, and daily functioning.
One of the difficult and challenging things about the nature of Teen Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder is these symptoms usually occur during the second two weeks of teens’ cycles, but teens might feel relatively fine during the other half of their cycles. The symptoms can make teens feel very unlike themselves, as they’re suddenly overwhelmed with low mood symptoms, depression, an overwhelming apathy, excessive fatigue, brain fog, and irritability. These symptoms are so severe that they often cause teens to experience sudden struggles with concentrating and completing school work, tension in relationships, and low feelings of self-worth. Moreover, because of the sudden nature of symptoms, as well as the dichotomy of teens feeling fine for the previous two weeks, this can make teens also feel confusion and shame surrounding the symptoms, which makes it that much harder to navigate.
One of the challenges in teens getting help for Teen Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder is it is commonly misdiagnosed as a mental illness, such as Teen Depression or Teen Anxiety. Though efforts aimed at the mood symptoms directly may help to provide some relief in the short term, teens will ultimately continue to struggle, since the underlying cause of the symptoms is physical. This is why it’s so important for teens to receive proper diagnosis by treatment providers who accurately access the full scope of teens’ current needs.
Paradigm Treatment Centers Teen Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we provide residential treatment for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse conditions, including complex conditions such as Teen Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment. We believe that the success of our treatment is largely due to the thorough diagnostic process which we provide, which includes a thorough assessment of teens’ full range of needs, including aspects of their mental, emotional, academic, relational, and physical health. These diagnostic assessments take place within 48 hours of teens’ admission, and are designed to provide a full picture of possible causes and factors at work in teens’ overall well-being. One of the many reasons for this is in order to properly diagnose potential Co-Occurring Disorders, and/or symptoms that may look like mental health conditions but actually are rooted in physical causes.
As a result, this approach makes us uniquely qualified to provide Teen Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment, and to identify what combination of physical, mental, emotional, and environmental factors are detracting from teens’ overall quality of life. We then work with teens, creating a treatment plan that extends to address these needs in the most thorough and precise ways possible. The particular combination of modalities and programs we employ provides support to teens in all areas of their lives, so they not only will be able to gain relief from current physical symptoms, but also improve the areas of their lives which the symptoms have affected. Lastly, we also work with teens to help them recognize and identity the thoughts and feelings surrounding their current experience, as well as their overall well-being and a positive, healthy sense of self.