The world we live in can be confusing and intimidating to everyone at times. Adolescents must cope with this world at the same time that they experience a wide array of bodily and emotional changes. They are testing their independence, finding their self-identity and searching for their place among their peers, in their community and within society. They may feel pressure to perform in school, pressure to excel in extracurricular activities, pressure to fit in with the right group and pressure to decide what to do with the rest of their lives. Sometimes the pressure is intense or beyond their ability to cope and something gives out.
Mental illness can be the result of compounding problems and prolonged pressures. Teens may turn to drugs or alcohol to help forget about their responsibilities, or as a way to assert their independence. The easy availability of alcohol or powerfully addictive drugs like methamphetamines make this experimentation common and dangerous. It’s easy to see why there has been a huge increase in addiction rates for both adolescents and adults in recent years.
Adolescents experience the world from a standpoint that is unique to their age group. They experience emotional and physical changes that make it difficult to distinguish between normal teenage behavior and things that can signify a far more serious problem.
At Prairie St. John’s, we have experience identifying and treating mental illness and addictions in adolescents. We have helped thousands of teens gain better control of themselves and their lives and helped parents reclaim their child and sense of family. Our adolescent services include:
Prairie St. John’s provides a number of services for children, adolescents and adults facing mental health issues, substance use or co-occurring disorders. For a confidential, no-cost assessment call 701-476-7200 anytime, day or night.