The Facts about Mental Illness and Children

There are other alternative treatment options as well:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy – (DBT)  is a research-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment to help clients with the suicidal and self-harm behaviors often seen in Borderline Personality Disorder and has since been modified as a treatment for other complex and challenging mental disorders that involve emotional dysregulation, such as dual diagnoses, PTSD, eating disorders and severe mood disorders. Clients with these disorders often have great difficulty managing the emotional and relational crises of their lives, because they lack the needed behavioral coping skills.  Using both acceptance and change strategies, DBT asks both patient and therapist to find a balance between accepting reality as it is, and maintaining a strong commitment to change. Such treatment is ideally offered in an environment that is warm and validating, while attempting to offer enough challenge and guidance to effect behavioral change and reduction of harmful behaviors. The goal is to help clients create “a life worth living.”  Research has shown that DBT treatment is most effective when it includes 1. individual therapy, 2. a weekly skills training group and 3. help with skills application by phone with the individual therapist between sessions.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.   CBT works on the assumption that emotions, including depressed feelings, are influenced by thoughts and behaviors, and that it is possible to change negative emotions by changing the way young people think about, or act in response to, stressful situations. For example, an adolescent who becomes depressed after an experience of academic failure may have reacted by engaging in overly general self-critical thinking (“I am stupid”) and by giving up on studying in a helpless manner. By working with the adolescent to react to frustration with active coping (e.g., seeking help) and by more realistic thinking (“I did not do well on that test, but I could do better if I got some additional help”), CBT counters the depressive reaction and helps the adolescent to build skills to prevent future depression.

Ketamine – Depression frequently emerges during adolescence and is associated with severe outcomes.   Current interventions do not lead to remission for many adolescents. Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) in adolescence is an ominous prognostic indicator for a lifetime of suffering and increased risk for suicide. As such, efforts have been directed toward novel interventions that could alter this perilous course.  Theoretically, restoration of healthy development during this critical window would substantially improve outcomes over the lifespan.  Ketamine has long been used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia in children and adults, and recently has been investigated for its rapid antidepressant effects. Randomized, double-blind, saline-controlled trials in adults with TRD have demonstrated that a single, subanesthetic infusion of intravenous (IV) ketamine can produce a rapid (within 2 hours) antidepressant response. Recent evidence suggests that serial doses of ketamine may be even more effective and may lead to more prolonged remission.


Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging – is not well accepted by the medical community as a whole.   SPECT measures blood flow and activity patterns. It looks at how the brain works. It’s similar to positron emission tomography (PET) scans, which looks at glucose metabolism. When using SPECT imaging, physicians look for three things:  1. Areas of your brain that work well; 2. Areas of your brain that are low in activity, and 3. Areas of your brain that are high in activity.


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