Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a mental health condition that can cause a great deal of distress for the children and adolescents who suffer from it. Millcreek Behavioral Health provides treatment that aims to minimize this distress and accomplishes this through beneficial programming that ultimately improves the lives of young people in a myriad of ways. Depending on the type of ADHD that a young person is grappling with, along with the severity of symptoms present, this mental illness often requires therapeutic intervention in order to restore healthy functioning at home, school, and in the community. Without treatment, children and adolescents who struggle with ADHD may have a difficult time managing impulses, retaining focus and attention, or remaining still, all symptoms that have the potential to carry over into adulthood. Fortunately, Millcreek Behavioral Health offers treatment for youth who suffer from ADHD and the programming we afford these individuals can reduce the likelihood of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms from affecting a child when or she is an adult.
Millcreek Behavioral Health has been a leading provider of behavioral healthcare and educational services to emotionally disturbed and developmentally delayed children and adolescents in the state of Mississippi for over 30 years. Maintaining our standing as the largest private provider of services to children and adolescents in the state, we strive to provide programming that emphasizes the individualization of treatment based on each child’s strengths. Our highly trained and qualified staff works towards increasing the self-esteem of all children who are entrusted into our care in order to build their confidence and increase their ability to successfully navigate through treatment. When children and adolescents come to us struggling with the symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, we will do everything in our power to help them overcome their challenges while also teaching them the skills needed to embark on a bright and successful future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Many children and adolescents act out or require redirection from time to time. However, when a young person is struggling with the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ongoing acting out or frequent redirection may be required if this disorder is a factor in child or adolescent’s life. Below are some additional signs and symptoms that suggest a child is experiencing symptoms synonymous with ADHD:
- Poor impulse control
- Lack of attention and/or focus
- Constant fidgeting
- Meandering about, especially when the situation requires the youth to remain still or seated
- Rapid speech
- Accelerated thought processes
- Poor task completion
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Difficulty learning or retaining information
Often times, these symptoms will be apparent when a child is in school. Teachers or other school personnel may report to you that your child is presenting with ADHD symptoms. When this is the case, or if you notice these symptoms when your child or adolescent is at home with you, there are a number of things you can do to be of assistance to your child:
- Consider an evaluation with a mental health professional
- Research viable treatment options that can best meet the needs of a child struggling with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Consult with admissions staff at a treatment center to see if the programming offered is a good fit for your child
- Should you engage your child in treatment, be part of the therapeutic process
An added benefit of seeking care for your child if he or she is suffering from ADHD is that the mental health professionals administering treatment can provide you with tips and tools for managing your child’s behavior at home. Ultimately, treatment for the symptoms of ADHD can help your child gain new skills that can serve well for a lifetime and you, as a caregiver, can be more prepared in parenting a child with this type of mental health condition.
Why Consider Treatment at Millcreek Behavioral Health
The symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can vary in their severity. However, many young people who meet diagnostic criteria for this mental illness experience disruption and a number of obstacles when it comes to functioning. Those that do not receive treatment for this disorder may develop low self-esteem if they feel unable to achieve academically when symptoms of this disorder hinder learning when the ability to focus in school is compromised. Additionally, some young sufferers of this disorder may engage in risky behaviors, as the ability to control impulses is also impaired. There is also increased vulnerability to the development of other mental health conditions or substance use disorders as symptoms of ADHD can worsen over time. What is important to know, however, is that care for ADHD symptoms does exist and can positively impact a youth’s life in several ways.
Psychiatric residential treatment is a treatment option that has produced a number of success stories about young people overcoming symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This viable option for care allows children and adolescents to immerse themselves in the therapeutic process and understand how this disorder affects their lives. New methods for coping and managing behaviors are taught to youth in residential treatment; methods that can be utilized even when the child becomes an adult. Additionally, if medication is necessary to help with ADHD symptoms, psychiatrists are on hand in residential treatment and can monitor the effectiveness of any medication(s) prescribed. Lastly, ongoing support, guidance, and education is provided to young people and their families so that whatever success is achieved during treatment can continue long after completing a program or programs in a residential setting.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we are dedicated to helping children lead healthier, more productive lives. By offering programming that places a strong emphasis on a child’s inherent strengths, our caring and compassionate staff tailors treatment plans to be individualized based on each child’s unique set of needs, as well as on the skills he or she already has in place. We strive to consistently encourage the growth of children’s self-esteem and enhance their level of self-confidence and independence by developing activities that are based specifically on each patient’s strengths. Each child’s treatment process remains malleable as we incorporate changes based on needs or challenges as they arise. We also place a strong emphasis on the educational aspect of treatment, keeping in mind the crucial role that education plays in a child’s development and on his or her future. At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we are devoted to consistently improving our programming by persistently addressing any requests, concerns, or issues that are brought forth in our patient surveys. Our patients are our top priority and we make it our sole mission to do all that we can to ensure their lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at Millcreek Behavioral Health
At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we strive to offer excellent customer service to everyone with whom we come in contact. We pride ourselves in our quick response to inquiries and referrals, and our admissions staff works diligently to ensure that a smooth and timely transition into our care is offered for all potential patients. Once children have been admitted into our psychiatric residential treatment program, they will partake in a number of therapeutic interventions that are tailored to meet each of their specific needs, while simultaneously enhancing and building upon the strengths they already possess. We use a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy in our programs here at Millcreek, which ensures that maladaptive thinking patterns are changed and positive behaviors are reinforced. Research-based journaling is utilized throughout individual and group therapies, which assists patients as they find success in their own treatment path.
The dedicated staff at Millcreek Behavioral Health is proud to offer a positive-reinforcement based approach to care, guiding patients as they work through a Phase System throughout the course of treatment. This Phase System includes four distinct phases, Exploration, Knowledge, Motivation, and Achievement, and is accompanied by identified safety levels that reward children on their progress through treatment. Such progress is acknowledged through each patient’s journaling and includes helping children identify triggers that lead to their behaviors, as well as helping them come to understand the importance of accepting the consequences of their behaviors.
The following therapeutic interventions are incorporated into the overall, comprehensive care provided to patients in our psychiatric residential treatment program:
Medication management: In some cases, children who are suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may find relief from their symptoms through the implementation of certain psychotropic medications. Such needs will be determined on an individualized basis. We have board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists on staff and on call 24/7, as well as psychiatric nurse practitioners and family physicians who are available to meet any needs that our patients may have. Children are seen at least once each week for medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are designed to be a time for children to meet one-on-one with their therapists in order to track treatment progress, discuss any concerns or challenges they are facing, and to work on individual skill-building. These sessions occur at a minimum of once each week, but most patients benefit from additional sessions, as determined based on need or when requested.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions occur at a minimum of three times per week, but are typically held more often. All group sessions are individualized based on the needs of the children present, but common topics of discussion include anger management, coping skills, relationships, independent living skills, trauma, and patient/student rights.
Family therapy: At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we recognize how important family involvement is in a child’s healing process and therefore hold family therapy sessions at a minimum of twice per month. We also afford children the ability to make phone calls or visit with their family on a regular basis, ensuring that all family involvement is individualized in order to promote the most positive interaction possible for our patients and their families.
Education: All patients attend our onsite school Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm. All classes are led by Highly Qualified Licensed Teachers and classrooms have a student to teacher ratio of 10:1 maximum. There is at least one therapeutic aide present in all classrooms and one-to-one aides are provided for children when academically necessary.
Experiential therapies: In order to provide a fully holistic approach to treatment, we offer a number of additional therapeutic options on top of the traditional therapeutic methods. Such options include:
- Recreational therapy (held daily for all patients)
- Walking club
- Book club
- Gym time (including activities such as flag football, volleyball, etc.)
- Music therapy (including individual music and choir dance)
- Art projects
- Fitness club (intensive fitness programming is offered along with nutritional education)
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we understand how intimidating the end of treatment can be for many children and their families. For this reason, all discharge and aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. Appropriate discharge criteria is created for each patient depending upon his or her needs and treatment goals. Once that criteria has been successfully met, the patient’s treatment team works with him or her as the next, most appropriate level of care is determined. Aftercare planning includes recommendations from the patient’s treatment team for medical, educational, and psychiatric services. Our staff will do everything in our power to ensure that the transition back into a less restrictive setting is a smooth and comfortable one for all parties involved, knowing that the most important thing is that your child continues to be successful.