Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder that, until recently, many believed dissipated after reaching the teen years or adulthood. However, research has shown that ADHD is a chronic disorder that affects millions of children, teens, and adults in the United States. This disorder can lead to a combination of problems within the lives of those affected by it, including impulsive behaviors, having trouble keeping attention, and hyperactivity. While all children can forget to do their homework, behave without considering the consequences of their actions, and struggle to stay concentrated at school, children and teens who have ADHD face challenges far greater than this. While this is often a lifelong disorder, children and teens who have ADHD are able to, with the proper medications and therapeutic interventions, learn to control their behaviors and lead a productive, happy life.
At Millcreek Behavioral Health, in our nearly three decades of experience, we have helped many children, teens, and their loved ones overcome their ADHD and learn the skills necessary to be productive at home, work, and school. Our two residential programs are located in a number of separate cottages on two campuses that provide children and teens with the opportunity to address key issues while providing the compassionate, experienced care needed to promote a successful recovery. While facing a diagnosis of ADHD or other disorders can be tremendously frightening, the warm, caring staff at Millcreek Behavioral Health is ready to welcome your child or teen with open arms.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If your teen or child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, you may feel as though your family unit is in an uphill battle. Between forgetting schoolwork, chores, and other responsibilities, you may be frustrated that your child forgets even the most simple of directions. Having ADHD may lead your child to engage in problematic behaviors, but that does not make him or her a “bad kid.” The signs and symptoms of ADHD do vary throughout the ages, but here are some signs that your child may have ADHD:
- Inattentive symptoms: does not pay attention to details, makes careless mistakes, appears not to listen when spoken to, has trouble following directions
- Hyperactive symptoms: has trouble sitting still, talks excessively, has a quick temper, has difficulty remaining seated when sitting is necessary
- Impulsive symptoms: acts without thinking, has trouble waiting for his or her turn, interrupts others, inability to keep extreme emotions in check
Helping your child with ADHD can be confusing and frustrating – you may not know how to help or what to do. Here are some tips for helping your child or teen with ADHD:
- Learn about ADHD and the way it is treated to have a better understanding of what life is like for your child
- Obtain an accurate diagnosis because ADHD can often be difficult to discern from other mental health disorders
- Look into treatment options that will work best for your child and make appointments to tour each residential treatment center so that you can make an informed decision about which will best provide your child with the treatment he or she needs
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Millcreek Behavioral Health?
If your child has ADHD, parenting can be a challenge. You may not know how to cope with his or her inability to follow directions or his or her failure to listen when you are speaking to him or her. Your child may be struggling with feelings of low self-esteem and worthlessness for being unable to behave as his or her peers do. Relationships with others may be strained due to the impulsivity issues your child may have. Poor academic work may further make your child feel isolated from others. It can be heartbreaking to watch your child as he or she struggles, but there is hope available.
A residential treatment center that combines a number of therapeutic interventions with medication can be the best way that a child or teen with ADHD and co-occurring disorders can learn the skills needed to be successful in life. By escaping the pressures of daily life and allowing your child the ability to work with professionals who have helped countless other children with similar problems, your child will be able to be nurtured and cared for in a safe, secure environment.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Millcreek Behavioral Healthcare, we work hard to help your child learn the skills needed to live a healthier, happier, and more productive life. We are a leading provider of specially-designed mental healthcare services designed for children and teens in need of care. For nearly three decades, Millcreek has continued to be a progressive organization that places a unique emphasis on excellence in both treatment of and education for those who come to us for help. Our excellent, highly-regarded multidisciplinary treatment team instills community and family values while meeting the challenges of a changing world. The rewards of our work are reflected in the lives and hearts of those we touch, the children we treat, and the families we help.
Treatment Options Offered at Millcreek Behavioral Health
When a child or teen is admitted into our program, we provide each client with a diagnostic assessment and psychiatric evaluation in order to identify the presenting disorders and diagnoses, as well as to determine his or her specific treatment needs. After the assessment process, our multidisciplinary treatment team works with the child and family to create a master treatment plan which is, upon completion, reviewed by a psychiatrist. This master treatment plan identifies goals and objectives for treatment within each problem area and includes specific components to be included in the treatments. Our program is divided into four separate phases and each resident must complete the requirements of each phase before advancing to the next. Each phase provides residents with a number of activities and treatments intended to address the emotional and/or behavioral problems that led to placement, in addition to building core competencies.
Medication: Each client will receive an initial evaluation by a qualified professional in order to determine if there are underlying medical or psychiatric conditions that need to be addressed. If medication is indicated, as it often is in the management of ADHD, clients will be regularly assessed for side effects and efficacy and medication will be adjusted as needed.
Group therapy is an important part of our residential program as it is through group sessions that clients will work together to solve problems, learn new ways of coping, and develop necessary skills. Group is held many times each week covering a variety of topics, including ADLs, social skills, independent living, behavior management, and coping skills.
Recreational therapy: All children and teens in our residential program will participate in a variety of recreational activities. These may include such activities as art, gym, visiting the park, or other social outings that are designed to help the client develop coping skills.
Education: Millcreek offers fully-accredited educational services that all residents will attend Monday through Friday. Each child and teen will be given his or her own specialized education plan based upon individual academic needs with the goal of graduation or earning a GED.
Depending upon the type of treatment program, many of our children and teens participate in the following activities:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Student counsel
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
A case manager will be meeting with your child on a daily basis and will be in frequent communication with you. Towards the end of treatment, the case manager will discuss the next steps in the treatment process. If they qualify, some children may enter a waiver program, an environment in which in-home services provide daily help. Other clients may meet with a case manager who will be able to schedule outpatient services as well as provide referrals to available community resources.