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Academic success

/ac·a·deem·ic/ /suc.cess/

|ˌakəˈdemik|| səkˈses|
n.noun

Academic success is an individual's successful completion of achieving academic goals. These objectives may be personal (achieving high marks in school) or mandatory goals that are set for the by educational authorities (earning a certain amount of credits in order to graduate).

Academic success is a rather subjective and broad term that can be used to describe many academic achievements, personal to the particular individual. However, all academic success is only achieved through a certain amount of diligence and determination. For example, if a person struggles academically due to their learning difficulties, academic success for these types of students may be to advance to the next grade of their schooling. Additionally, a student who excels in their schooling may strive for academic success by earning high enough marks in school in order to receive a scholarship to an esteemed and highly sought after college. While both goals of academic success are vastly different, they require an equal amount of hard work and dedication.

Academic team

Ac.ad.em.ic / team

|ˌakəˈdemik|| tēm|
n.noun

An academic team is an educational staff, made up of teachers and other educational professionals. The task of an academic team is to provide students with an extensive and thorough educational curriculum for their pupils.

Academic teams are an essential group. Without teachers, our youth would fail to learn a proper education. If adolescents do not receive a fundamental education, they will be ill-prepared for adulthood and our country's future would be bleak, to say the least. For this reason, teaching, as a profession, is a stapled vocation, and perhaps, the most critical occupation for any country's survival.

Although academic teams are, in any case, essential for educating, they vary in their education, as well as, their skill level and methods used. For this reason, it is important for parents to seek out highly trained academic teams who can thoroughly provide an extensive curriculum for their child.

In terms of seeking treatment for troubled teens, parents need to research and investigate the particular treatment program's academic services and the team in charge of providing these services.

Academics

ac·a·dem·ics

ˌakəˈdemik/

n.noun

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines Academics as, of or relating to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education. Academics are a person's education from an institution, school or otherwise. Grade school, high school, and college are all systems where an individual learns educational material.


Typically, a person starts their fundamental academics at the age of 6 and completes their academics when they are 18 years of age. Some people take longer to complete their academics, while others require less time. The amount of time it takes to complete, shorter or longer than 12 years of completion, depends on the person's intellect and dedication.

Upon completion of basic schooling, an individual may choose to continue with their academics by enrolling in collegiate classes or vocational school. The duration of academics such as these, depends on what type of schooling they are, but typically last two to four years.


Academics are an essential part of any person's life. Without a proper education, success is almost impossible to achieve. Unfortunately, troubled adolescents often fail to realize this notion. Generally, troubled teens do not view academics as a main priority. Instead, they put their time in efforts in other areas (friends, having fun etc.).

Addiction treatment

ad·dic·tion treat·ment

(ə-dĭk′shən) (trēt′mənt)
n.noun

Addiction treatment is an invaluable type of care that offers psychological and, as the term suggests, addiction therapy. Addiction treatment is a type of therapeutic care that assists chemically dependent and substance abusing individuals to overcome their dangerous and self-sabotaging habits. Addiction treatment is vital for any person who desires to overcome dangerously, and potentially, fatal habits.

Addiction treatment programs vary considerably in their methods, duration of treatment, and whether or not they require their patients to reside on campus. For example, there are specially trained therapists who exclusively assist addicts in overcoming their addictive afflictions. Similar to traditional therapy, an addiction therapist provides individual, one-on-one style therapeutic services. Users who participate in this type of therapy may only receive once a week treatment. However, this kind of treatment may not suit the needs of addicts who suffer from severely addictive behaviors. These types of addicted individuals would be best suited in enrolling in a residential or rehabilitation treatment program, as these addicts would be able to receive more intensive treatment in a 24-hour, residential facility.

Troubled teens who are in need of addiction treatment such as, residential or rehabilitation facilities, have many opportunities in terms of treatment options. Therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment facilities are specially designed to treat troubled teens who suffer from harmful addictions.

Addictive behavior

ad·dic·tive | be·hav·ior

əˈdiktiv/ bəˈhāvyər/

n.noun

An addictive behavior is a behavior where a person is susceptible to forming long-lasting habits and addictions. Addictive behavior may involve any activity, substance, object or behavior that becomes the primary focus of an individual's life. This addictive behavior may result in an addiction that has physical and mental withdrawals, making the addiction that much harder to quit.

Troubled teens and addictive behavior

Troubled teens tend to struggle with addictive behavior more so than well adjusted and socially functional teens. Troubled teens who display addictive behavior may easily become fixated on certain activities, substances, and behavioral patterns. Troubled teens struggle with negative addictive behaviors that range from video game, pornography and self-harming addictions, all the way to full-fledged, hardcore substance addictions. Troubled teens will often struggle with more than just one harmful addiction, which almost always causes their lives to become completely chaotic and out of control.

Fortunately, there are many therapeutic opportunities for troubled teens who struggle with addictive behaviors. Individual treatment, rehabilitation centers and therapeutic boarding schools for troubled adolescents are viable treatment solutions for troubled teens who suffer from the afflictions of addiction.

Adolescent girl

ad.o.les.cent / girl

|ˌadlˈesənt| |gərl|
n.noun

Adolescent girls are females who are in their teenage years of life (13-19). This phase of a girl's life is a significant one. During adolescence, teenage girls must prepare for adulthood and all of the responsibilities that come along with it.

Adolescence is a stage of life that can be a difficult and trying time for any female to endure. Teenage girls face new stresses in life which they may not be able to adequately prepared to withstand. If an adolescent girl is incapable of adequately dealing with the new pressures and responsibilities they face, this may cause disorder and chaos in their life. Teenage girls such as these, may become depressed or struggle with severe anxiety. If these psychological disorders are not adequately treated, depressed or anxious teens may act out, or display negative and self-destructive behaviors. These types of adolescent girls are commonly referred to as, a troubled teen.

To summarize, the time of adolescence should be spent preparing for the inevitable transition to adulthood. Additionally, parents of an adolescent girl should make all efforts possible to prepare their daughter to become a successful, functional adult.

Adolescent psychiatric treatments

/A.dol.esc.ent/ /psy.chi.at.ric/ /treat.ments/

|ˌadlˈesənt||ˌsīkēˈatrik||ˈtrētmənt|
n.noun

Adolescent psychiatric treatments define specially designed therapies, which specifically treat teenage boys and girls. These adolescent-specific treatments offer restoration to psychologically damaged boys and girls who are at risk of acting out self-destructive behaviors due to their mental ailment.

Adolescents mentally operate and behave differently than adults. It is, for this reason, an adolescent's therapies should be specially designed to treat a young mind. In addition, it is important for parents to understand this and seek treatment options suited for teenagers.

There are nearly countless services specially designed to treat adolescents. However, there are standard treatment options that are popular choices for parents of psychologically ailing teens. Treatment options such as, individual therapy, group therapy, long-term residential treatment and short-term residential treatment are among the most efficient and commonly used therapeutic services for teens. The particular treatment option that best suits an adolescent depends on the child's psychological issues and the severity of these matters.

Anger Management

An.ger / man.age.ment

|ˈa ng gər||ˈmanijmənt|
n.noun

Anger management is any psychotherapeutic treatment that specializes in treating individuals who suffer from anger disorders. This specialized style of treatment offers therapeutic relief and restoration to those who cannot properly deal with their anger. Additionally, anger management treatments offer therapies to individuals who have suffered from the consequences of their incapability of doing handling said anger.

Anger management, like most individualized psychotherapy, varies significantly in methods used and treatment types. In addition, the particular treatment that should be implemented, depends on the angered person's particular situation. Generally speaking, those who suffer from anger issues greatly benefit from psychotherapeutic and anger-specific treatments conducted by a psychotherapeutic professional. However, some people who suffer from an anger disorder, require more intensive, psychiatric treatments, such as residential treatment. Traditional therapies can not treat some anger disorders. People who require more acute, anger-specific treatments, need immediate, and exceptional, psychotherapeutic assistance.

There are many treatment options for those who require exceptional anger management. Residential treatment is, perhaps, the most popular and widely used of such therapies. Additionally, The 24-hour supervision of residential treatment ensures the safety of such individuals and those who may be around them. Consequently, this supervised treatment allows the afflicted individual to receive critical and appropriate therapeutic growth, and eventual, restoration.

At-risk teens

At-risk teens
n.noun

At-risk teens, also commonly referred to as, troubled teens, are adolescents who consistently act out in erratic, impulsive and self-destructive behaviors. Teenagers who display behaviors such as, rebelliousness, self-abuse, substance abuse and emotional outbursts, are considered to be at risk. The parents of teens at risk will commonly notice multiple changes in the child. Changes in the at risk teen's behavior may vary from academic struggles, knowingly drawing attention to their emotions and behaviors and arguing with various forms of authority. The parents and other loved ones of at-risk teens may feel helpless, afraid, frustrated and sometimes guilty due to the troublesome behaviors of the child. Treatment may be very beneficial for at-risk teens when provided with tools like therapy, appropriate disciplinary structure and professional guidance. 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

at·ten·tion def·i·cit dis·or·der

|əˈten sh ən| |ˈdefəsit| |ˌhīpərˈaktiv| |disˈôrdər|

n. noun

Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, chronic psychological disorder that affects millions of adults and children in our nation. ADHD is a condition that consists of several different issues including, incapability of sustaining attention, hyperactive behavior, and uncontrollable impulsiveness.

Due their intense, hyperactive personality a person suffering from ADHD may have difficulty maintaining close, personal relationships with others. Individuals who suffer from this disorder may also struggle to meet academic or vocational standards due to their lack of attentiveness. Additionally, those who struggle from the various issues of ADHD may also suffer from a low self-esteem. Living with a low self-esteem may cause an individual to partake in unhealthy activities, such as self-harm or substance abuse. Because of this, it is crucial for ADHD-suffering individuals to undergo some form of psychiatric treatment.

Troubled teens who suffer from ADHD

ADHD is very common in troubled adolescents. If left untreated, teens who suffer from this disorder may develop life-long self-destructive behaviors, such as drug addiction. In addition, it is crucial for parents to understand this and then take appropriate, therapeutic action. Services, such as therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens, have proven to be an effective treatment option for parents of psychologically suffering children.