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Bipolar disorder

Bi.pol.ar / dis.or.der

|bīˈpōlər||disˈôrdər|
n.noun

The highly esteemed, Mayo Clinic provides the following description of bipolar disorder: "Bipolar disorder sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy."

The mood swings experienced by an individual who suffers from bipolar disorder may only occur once or twice a year. However, in some cases, an individual may experience mood swings as frequently as once or twice a day. In rare, but severe cases of bipolar disorder, the afflicted individual may experience a confusing combination of depression and mania, simultaneously.

Troubled teens and bipolar disorder

Troubled teens who suffer from bipolar disorder may display absolute bliss one moment, but then suffer from severe depression the next.. Although these symptoms are common amongst all afflicted individuals, teens are less likely to possess the maturity of handling such shifting of moods. Due to their inability to maturely and, therefore, effectively handle their disorder, teens require immediate, clinical and therapeutic attention. Treatments such as, medications, therapy sessions, and even residential treatment may be necessary steps in appropriately addressing the issues of an adolescents' bipolar disorder.

Boot camps for troubled teens

boot camps trou.bl.ed teen

|boōt| |kamp| |ˈtrəbəld| |tēnz|

n.noun

Boot camps for troubled teens are a behavioral modification service for disobedient, troubled adolescents. Boot camps have been a popular service for parents seeking help for their insubordinate teenagers.

Boot camps for troubled teens are a treatment program that has been around for decades. In the past, boot camps were once, perhaps, the most popular service used in correcting negative behaviors of unruly children. Recently, however, the popularity of boot camps has diminished substantially. With the rise of therapeutic insight and advancements, boot camps are now considered archaic and ineffectual by most therapeutic specialists. The change of attitude regarding boot camps is due to the negative reinforcement methods that it implement in their treatments.

In addition, changes in the behavior of troubled adolescents who enroll in a boot camp are short lived. The short-lived behavioral change is because there is limited, if any, therapeutic value in a boot camp styled treatment. Therapeutic value, is, of course, what troubled adolescents require the most in terms of therapeutic restoration.

IN conclusion, parents who are seeking treatment for their struggling adolescent should find treatment options that promote psychological wellness, instead of negative reinforcement. Treatment options, such as residential treatment offered at a therapeutic boarding school, is a much more viable options for parents to consider.