When a young person displays behaviors that are exceedingly hostile towards others and does not show remorse or empathy after committing such acts, that youth is most likely battling conduct disorder. A mental health condition that involves behavioral and emotional disturbances that can significantly impact a young person’s overall wellbeing, conduct disorder is one such mental illness that frequently requires therapeutic intervention in order to avoid harmful and potentially lasting effects. At Cross Creek Hospital, we understand the detriment that conduct disorder can cause and have designed programming that addresses the perilous symptoms of this condition. Youth who engage in treatment at Cross Creek Hospital will ultimately gain a better understanding of how their illness impacts behavior and the consequences that result from those behaviors. Moreover, our staff of qualified mental health professionals can facilitate the learning of new skills for managing the most troublesome thoughts and behaviors that can ensue when this disorder is a factor in a young person’s life. Here, at Cross Creek, we want to help youth and their families learn how to successfully manage this type of mental illness so that the future can be happy, healthy, and free from the consequences that can result due to the presence of conduct disorder symptoms.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Those who are parents and caregivers of young people with conduct disorder may often feel as though they are at a loss for what they can do to help their child when this condition is a factor in his or her life. You, as a caregiver for a child with this illness, may even feel defeated when your child seemingly disobeys/disregards your wishes and engages in destructive behavior or is verbally hostile for no apparent reason. Rest assured, however, there are some things that can be done to help your child learn how to manage the symptoms of this mental health condition.
The first step a caregiver can take in getting his or her child the help needed to overcome this disorder is to educate him or herself on all aspects of this illness. By understanding the signs and symptoms of conduct disorder, caregivers can recognize the presence of symptoms, understand the severity of symptoms, and develop empathy for what his or her child is going through. Secondly, parents and caregivers can research treatment options for their child that is equipped to care for youth with conduct disorder. When a treatment provider includes staff and methods for care that are catered to meet the needs of those battling this illness, more favorable treatment outcomes are likely to result.
Once a treatment provider has been selected, parents and caregivers should reach out to that provider to discuss the treatment methods that are part of the care offered. Additionally, it should be asked what the admissions criteria are and what the process of admissions is like. The professional you are speaking with will be able to provide you with this information and explain the benefits of seeking treatment for conduct disorder. Once these details have been explained, it is imperative that you arrange an evaluation or assessment with your provider of choice.
When your child is engaged in treatment, it is also necessary for you to be a part of his or her treatment. Doing this will allow you to not only know about your child’s progress, but participation in his or her care can be a way to show your child that you support him or her. By following through on the previously mentioned suggestions, you can helping your child gain the tools and skills needed to live a happy life with the ability to manage the symptoms of conduct disorder.
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
Young people with conduct disorder are known to experience several consequences as a result of the presence of this mental health condition. Academic performance is most definitely affected when a youth is battling conduct disorder. Disciplinary actions often occur and relationships can become strained with school personnel when a young person is constantly getting in trouble for acting in a hostile manner. Peer relationships are also in jeopardy when the symptoms of conduct disorder create obstacles if youth should try to form friendships with others that are his or her own age. Additionally, young people may experience increased amounts of conflict with family members when this illness is left untreated. Considering the fact that conduct disorder can make an individual vulnerable to substance abuse and additional mental health concerns, seeking treatment for this disorder can be life-saving for youth who are living with this serious illness.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for the treatment of conduct disorder with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our all-encompassing goal for treatment is to help men, women, and adolescents improve their overall functioning by helping them to stabilize and to continue their recovery with new tools that they will be taught in the treatment setting. We are proud to be able to achieve this goal by utilizing the structure and processes of a treatment model that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapies, and didactic therapies.
All of the treatment methods implemented in our inpatient programming utilize a multidisciplinary focus in order to ensure that an integrated approach to treatment that facilitates increased stabilization and growth is received by all patients. Furthermore, we place a high regard on the involvement of our patients’ families, knowing that their contribution to the therapeutic process is paramount to successful healing. The emphasis of our programming here at Cross Creek Hospital is not diagnosis-specific, but rather focuses on treating the symptoms that are plaguing each individual. We are devoted to implementing a truly holistic approach that aims to maximize our patients’ care and help them achieve their highest level of functioning.
The following methods for care may be incorporated into the individualized treatment plans that are given to each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who are engaged in services at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: The use of psychotropic medications may be used in conjunction with other therapeutic methods as a means of fully treating the symptoms of conduct disorder. A patient’s need for medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once each day so that the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Additionally, there are also nurses on staff who assist in monitoring medication needs.
Individual therapy: This individual case consultation will occur at a minimum of once each week, but additional sessions can be added whenever needed or deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment teams, including their assigned individual therapists, provide such consultations and afford patients a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any concerns they have, process through various emotions they are experiencing, and to track treatment goals.
Family therapy: Family involvement is important in the overall success of treatment for our patients. Keeping this in mind, family therapy sessions are held at least once each week for our adolescent patients and are held on as-needed basis for our adult patients. For the family members of young people who are struggling with conduct disorder, this can be a time for them to learn about the illness itself, while also gaining valuable knowledge on ways in which they can be of best support to their loved one.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a significant component to the treatment options offered here at Cross Creek Hospital. The types of groups that our patients may engage in can include:
- Music therapy groups provide an emotionally evocative group setting that is designed to provide the participants with an opportunity to practice affect management skills.
- Healthy relationships groups focus on developing social skills and practicing healthy interactions. It provides a forum for structured, supportive risk-taking and practicing assertiveness, and the giving and taking of feedback.
- Education groups teach patients about the origin and the nature of the disorder(s) that they are suffering from. In these groups, patients learn to identify problems, form a treatment plan, and work effectively on obtaining recovery and maintaining stability.
- Process groups provide a structured setting for the discussion of issues and concerns that are identified by patients. This group focuses on the processing of feelings, internal communication and cooperation, and participation in healthy group feedback.
- Addictions groups apply the 12-step addictions model for recovery to a wide range of self-destructive behaviors, including self-mutilation, disordered eating, and unhealthy personal relationships.
- Journaling groups provide a structured setting for developing therapeutic and recovery skills in the form of journaling, keeping a diary, completing homework assignments, and other writing tasks.
- Discharge planning groups provide an opportunity for building skills that will improve the quality of life after discharge and reduce the likelihood of readmission.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment, the staff at Cross Creek Hospital offers a number of experiential therapeutic options for our patients using things such as psychodrama and recreational techniques. These therapies are designed to teach patients skills for appropriate risk-taking, internal communication and cooperation, and expressing needs and fears. Examples of the experiential therapies that patients may engage in while in our care include:
- Physical wellness and exercise therapy program
- Relaxation integration – This type of experiential modality is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and energy levels by providing a forum for learning and practicing leisure and social skills, while also developing healthy support systems.
- Animal assisted therapy
- Art therapy – This type of therapy is used to teach nonverbal strategies for expressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a healthy fashion. It is meant to be a technique for individuals to learn how to “tell without talking.” The art therapy groups also involve verbal processing of the artwork that is created.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Cross Creek Hospital, we want to ensure that each patient will have continued success in healing and maintaining recovery after completing inpatient care at our hospital. In order to do this, we make it a priority to begin discharge planning from the moment a patient is admitted into our care. This plan coincides with a patient’s treatment plan and aims to address any concerns or needs for further, less intensive treatment after engaging in our programming.
Our caring and compassionate staff will work with patients and their families to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment recommendations that will allow our patients to refine and build upon the skills learned at Cross Creek. Recommendations will be provided based on each patient’s needs so that the treatment goals achieved while in our care can be upheld and exceeded, decreasing a patient’s need for a higher level of care going forward. Furthermore, a member of our staff will contact patients 48 to 72 hours after being discharged to ensure that a successful transition from Cross Creek to each patient’s respective community or continuing care center has been achieved.
At Cross Creek Hospital, we will do all that we can to help your loved one who is struggling with conduct disorder become well again so that his or her much deserved bright future is realized and within reach.