Effective Communication Between Parents And Adolescents: Outpatient Services in Baton Rouge Can Help
December 30, 2015
It has become increasingly clear that one area of need for mental health and wellness in Baton Rouge lies within the difficulty to navigate the domain of parent-adolescent relationships. As technology and the influence of social media expand at a staggering rate, communication between parents and children seems to fall between two extremes: a hands-off, distant approach versus over-involved “helicopter-type” parenting. With some intentional effort, it is possible to come to a more balanced, less stressful form of interaction and connection. There are a few important guidelines to begin exploring ways to foster effective communication and create a more rewarding relationship with your teenager. If you find that your family may need more in-depth assistance, Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health offers adolescent and adult outpatient services in Baton Rouge.
Creating a Safe Space for ExplorationOne of the most important building blocks in intimate relationships is providing emotional support, and this process is most crucial in the adolescent stage of development. To illustrate, let’s examine the work of Erik Erikson, an influential psychoanalyst who broke down human development into 8 different stages across the lifespan. He characterized adolescence as a period from ages 12-18 where individuals are engaged in a struggle between what he termed “Identity vs. Role Confusion.” Essentially, this defines the teenage years as a time for each of us to develop our concept of who we are – what passions, ideals, and values define us. This is, by nature, a time of increased stress and discomfort, and although it may be difficult for an adolescent to verbalize, it is important to show them you care about what is happening in their world. For some families, getting the help of outpatient services in Baton Rouge from a behavioral health care provider could prove to be the best solution to improve understanding between parents and teens. In addition, here are some practical ways to get involved: Practice Healthy Communication Daily
- Ask questions about your teen’s interests, friends, and schoolwork. Don’t take for granted that they will come to you with what’s important. Practice not overwhelming or hovering.
- Respond in a nonjudgmental and accepting manner when appropriate. Remember, during this time, teenagers are trying on many different hats…this is healthy! If it does not affect their safety or violate a family rule/boundary, then consider surprising your teen with a supportive stance on new behaviors and interests.
- Although it’s important to be engaged, parents must be open about what’s okay and not okay. As the parent, you have the final say and must enforce rules for safety and the specific values of your family, be it honesty, trust, communication, etc. Have family discussions on boundaries and rules and be open about consequences for unhealthy behavior.
- Take a step back if needed. Remember, this is a time for adolescents to explore how they fit into the world – socially, occupationally, sexually, etc. To do this successfully, it takes a balance of space and support. Although it’s tempting to hover during this time, for adolescents to thrive, they need to begin developing freedom of choice.
Behavioral Health Services in Baton Rouge to Treat Eating Disorders
December 20, 2015
Eating disorders are serious and life threatening illnesses with biological, sociological and environmental influences. Statistics show that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. The severity of eating disorders is often misunderstood and highly stigmatized. In certain cases, an eating disorder may require more intensive treatment so it’s important to find the right treatment team. Jefferson Oaks provides unparalleled care and compassionate intensive outpatient therapy and behavioral health services in Baton Rouge and Madisonville.
Identify the Warning Signs of Eating DisordersEarly intervention and prevention are necessary and vital for positive treatment outcomes and lasting recovery. Paying attention to warning signs and symptoms is crucial. Finding behavioral health services in Baton Rouge and Madisonville for you or your loved ones’ care could help prevent the health risks associated with these disorders. The sooner you recognize that there is a problem, the sooner you can begin the road to treatment and recovery. Warning Signs Include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Talking about feeling fat
- Extreme and risky dieting
- Restricting food intake
- Hiding or hoarding food
- Refusing to eat with others
- Personality changes
- Wearing baggy clothing
- Increased desire to exercise
- Evidence of purging
- Consuming diet pills, diuretics, enemas and/or laxatives
- Amenorrhea (loss of menses)
- Chronic constipation
Seek Treatment With Behavioral Health Services in Baton Rouge and MadisonvilleIf you suspect that you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder, do not delay, get the help you need and contact behavioral health services in Baton Rouge and Madisonville. Here at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, we are committed to helping you or your loved one explore problematic relationships with food and body, develop healthy coping skills and work towards freedom from eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. We believe that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Jefferson Oaks offers two locations to serve mental health and wellness needs in the Baton Rouge area. Our behavioral health hospitals and rehab centers provide outpatient services in Baton Rouge and Madisonville to help treat a spectrum of mental health needs, including eating disorders, addiction, substance abuse, anxiety and depression.
Happy Holidays from Jefferson Oaks Recovery Centers in Baton Rouge
December 15, 2015
The staff at JOBH would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays. We have had a very busy year providing quality behavioral health treatment and patient care to individuals and families. We welcomed new licensed professional staff who bring specialized mental health care to our existing highly professional team. We are proud to grow our team of empathetic professionals who aim to improve mental health and wellness in Louisiana.
Continuing Education and NetworkingRecently, I presented at the LASACT conference to discuss value based mental health and dual diagnosis/integrated substance abuse/mental health and co-occurring disorders in an ever changing value-based mental health system. Our Louisiana behavioral hospital staff participated in local, state and national conferences. These Louisiana mental health conferences included the National Group Psychotherapy Conference, LA Psychiatric Conference, La Counseling Association Conference, and the 5 K Suicide Awareness event sponsored by St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide (STOPS). Our Baton Rouge and Northshore outpatient services staff also attended multiple sober living events, the Southeastern Eating Disorder Conference, and many other continuing educational functions. We continue to enhance behavioral health services in Baton Rouge and Madisonville through our attending these informative training events and conferences.
A New Approach to Mental WellnessWe have introduced additional outpatient therapy options including music and yoga to our integrative mental health and wellness approach. These new services will coincide with the art and traditional psychotherapies for adults and adolescents. Accompanying these modalities are the skilled clinicians in their respective interventions. We will continue to provide high-quality mental health services in Baton Rouge and Madisonville to every single one of our patients. We additionally strive to work in collaboration with the community, local universities, Louisiana mental health organizations, and other medical professionals. Our goal is to provide a superior continuum of mental health services in Louisiana, thereby increasing universal access to needed services and reducing barriers to care. We value the opportunities to work within our highly experienced and supportive community of network professionals. We wish everyone a joyful holiday season and happy new year as we continue to help persons improve their quality of life through health, hope and healing. Sincerely, Cheryl J. Doub, LCSW, CEO/Owner :
Social Isolation Treatment in Baton Rouge Behavioral Health Hospitals
December 10, 2015
Social isolation refers to lacking contact with people and society. Social isolation does not discriminate – it can affect anyone regardless of age, but symptoms of social isolation can present differently depending on the age group. It takes similar forms whether the isolation is self-imposed or a historical pattern throughout the life span.
Addressing Depression and Anxiety as a Component of Social IsolationPsychologically, not communicating with people can have a profound impact resulting in feelings of loneliness, fearing others, and low self-esteem which can produce symptoms of anxiety and depression and make individuals more vulnerable to a diagnosis. Some justify this reclusive behavior as comfortable and relate it to a diagnosis of depression, and diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) has doubled in prevalence in the past decade alone. Social isolation is such an important topic to consider not only in the Baton Rouge area but in humans in general because research has shown that social isolation kills twice as many people than obesity and is equally as stigmatized in modern society. Loneliness not only exacerbates health issues by impairing immune function and increasing inflammation but can increase mortality by as much as smoking. Worse yet, in our modern society where social functioning is judged by how big your friend network online is, loneliness has doubled since the 1980s. Risk is increased with health issues, disabilities, living alone, unemployment, aging, transportation issues, and societal adversity. The population vulnerable to these risk factors is precisely the population that outpatient therapy services at Baton Rouge behavioral health hospitals aim to serve
Group Therapy in Baton Rouge Behavioral Health HospitalsAt Jefferson Oaks, we believe in the healing power of group therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Group therapy is perhaps one of the most effective tools for social isolation and the related anxiety and depression because it incorporates inclusion in a group of other individuals with similar experiences, leading to a sense that they are not alone. This sense of universality often leads to a sense of connectedness, belonging, and acceptance and makes individuals open to receive support and encouragement, the very things that are often lacking in a person who is socially isolating. The behaviors exhibited in groups often mirror events in everyday social situations and give individuals the opportunity to receive feedback. Group therapy also allows group members to see the success of other group members and learn from their healthy coping mechanisms. Perhaps the most substantial benefit of group therapy is adhering to confidentiality and allowing for the group to become a “safe haven” where members can feel comfortable disclosing sensitive information and discussing behaviors and actions within the confines of the group without fear of failure. All of these aspects cumulatively lead to increased self-esteem, confidence, and social skills. Baton Rouge behavioral health hospitals, such as Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, offer comprehensive treatment options for depression and anxiety associated with social isolation. Jefferson Oaks utilizes multiple modalities for intervention in an interdisciplinary setting. With two locations to serve the communities of Baton Rouge and Madisonville, Jefferson Oaks is uniquely equipped to handle not only the therapeutic aspect but also the medical aspects of mental health.