A disorder that is typically diagnosed in late childhood or adolescence, conduct disorder is mental health condition in which individuals participate in patterns of behavior that persistently and repeatedly violate the rights of others, or violate age-appropriate societal norms. Adolescents who have conduct disorder will engage in negative behaviors in a multitude of settings, including at school, at home, and in social situations. The engagement in such negative, destructive behaviors can place adolescents at risk for suffering from countless detrimental consequences, both on their present lives and on their futures. Fortunately, there is treatment available that can help adolescents regain control of their impulses and overcome the devastating symptoms of this disorder.
Rolling Hills Hospital in Ada is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care center designed to treat the psychological and chemical dependency needs of adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our treatment center is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills has been a leader in behavioral healthcare since 1988, meaning that we have years of experience working with all types of patients who have faced a variety of different challenges. At Rolling Hills’s treatment clinic, we recognize how difficult life can be when you have a child who has conduct disorder, and we want to help your child get his or her life back so that he or she can have a bright and happy future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
There are a great number of symptoms that may be displayed by an adolescent who is struggling with conduct disorder. Adolescents with this illness may experience repeated outbursts of unprovoked anger and aggression. They may bully others, act cruelly towards animals, play with fire, and/or act out in blatant defiance against authority figures. All the negative behaviors that these adolescents partake in can eventually wreak havoc on their lives, as well as onto the lives of those around them. If your child is suffering from conduct disorder, it is imperative that you step in so that he or she can get the help that he or she needs. Here are some things to keep in mind as you take the first step towards getting treatment for your child:
- Educate yourself on conduct disorder. Having knowledge about the different symptoms that can define this illness can help you better recognize the distress that your child is experiencing, while also allowing you to better report symptoms to appropriate mental health professionals.
- Be open and honest with your child about his or her need for care.
- Anticipate hostility, anger, and defensiveness. Getting your child to accept his or her need for treatment can be extremely difficult, but it is imperative that you remain steadfast in stressing the importance of doing so.
- Research various treatment options and ensure that they are catered to meeting the needs that are unique to adolescents.
- Be actively involved in your child’s treatment process. Family involvement is crucial in order for treatment outcomes to be successful.
- Remain consistent in encouraging your child to adhere to any treatment recommendations that are made.
- Heed advice from mental health professionals regarding behavior management strategies that can be implemented in the home.
- Remain a constant source of support for child; make sure that your child knows that you love him or her and that you will be there for him or her.
Why Consider Treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
For many adolescents with conduct disorder, they feel as though they do not have control over their thoughts and behaviors. They may even actively try to alter the pattern of their negative ways, but find that they are unable to do so. When their symptoms are left unaddressed and untreated, adolescents with conduct disorder may be facing a future full of troubling experiences and detrimental ramifications. These adolescents are at an increased risk for developing symptoms synonymous with other mental illnesses, engaging in substance abuse, and facing interaction with the legal system. But their futures do not have to be this way; help is available.
Inpatient treatment can be an incredibly beneficial way for adolescents with conduct disorder to begin on the road to recovery. By entering into this type of treatment center, adolescents are walking into a safe and secure environment where they are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by mental health professionals who are experienced in dealing with troubled youth. In this setting, adolescents can confront their individual challenges, come to understand that there exists a drastic need for behavioral change and develop the skills needed to overcome their impulses. In addition to receiving support from mental health professionals, adolescents in inpatient treatment will also have the benefit of receiving support from peers who are facing challenges similar to their own, working to enhance their self-esteem by making them realize that they are not alone. Through the implementation of various therapeutic interventions, adolescents can set and achieve goals in order to take the first step towards obtaining a brighter future.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital, it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care we would want for our own family members. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue and increase each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also includes psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other healthcare professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills’ treatment clinic in Ada, OK, we maintain a treatment team of professionals who are dedicated to providing high-quality care to each and every person that comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet each patient’s particular needs and stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our services use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but our various treatment options also offer additional therapeutic interventions in order to meet ongoing needs. Your child’s specific needs will determine which unit he or she will be placed in. The following are some therapeutic treatment methods that may be part of your child’s treatment plan:
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patients sees our psychiatrist at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. All patients will be thoroughly evaluated and monitored throughout the course of treatment. In some cases, adolescents with conduct disorder may find relief from distressing symptoms through the use of medication. However, medication needs will be determined on an individualized basis and proper monitoring will be done in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis, including a minimum of two hours each week for adolescent patients and at least one hour each week for all other units. During individual therapy, patients can learn to change maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors, while also working towards meeting personal treatment goals.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups that are held on a weekly basis. The topics covered in these group sessions will vary some depending upon the unit that a person is in, but some of the topics may include coping skills, life skills, anger management, and managing mental illness.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each patient. On our adolescent unit, family sessions must be held in-person with a licensed therapist. Additionally, the parents or caregivers of our adolescent patients are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings and are able to call and check on their child on a regular basis.
In addition to the previously mentioned therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills Hospital also provides a number of other services that your child may participate in during his or her stay with us. These additional services may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapies (including art, music, pet therapy, and tai chi)
- Emotions anonymous
- Daily school
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital, discharge planning begins at the time of admission and is continuously reevaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when his or her time with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the centers where patients have come from, and with the patients themselves. When your child is ready to transition to the next level of care, we will do everything we can to make sure the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure full, successful continuity of care. Whatever your child’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at Rolling Hills Hospital can help.