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Signs of Trauma in Teens

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Trauma is an emotional response to a distressing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, often leading to feelings of helplessness, diminished self-worth, and a distorted view of the world. It can result from a single event, a series of events, or chronic, lasting conditions. For teenagers experiencing trauma, the repercussions can create challenges for them later in life. Recognizing the signs of trauma in teens can help address the symptoms of trauma and prevent any adverse long-term effects.

Imagine Omaha offers trauma therapy for teens as part of their comprehensive outpatient mental health services. Call 888.306.2681 today to learn how we can help.

Common Sources of Trauma in Teenagers

When a teenager experiences trauma, they respond differently than an adult. While anyone of any age can have lasting repercussions from traumatic experiences, teenagers are still growing and maturing cognitively, which can lead to severe consequences in adulthood.

One key difference between how teens and adults process trauma lies in the adolescent brain’s ongoing development. A teenager’s prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for decision-making, impulse control, and emotion regulation, is not fully developed. This means that teenagers may struggle to logically process and understand traumatic events, often leading to heightened emotional responses, difficulty with impulse control, and challenges in accurately interpreting events and situations. This physiological difference in brain development plays a significant role in how teenagers handle trauma, making them more susceptible to long-term psychological impacts if trauma is not addressed appropriately.

Teenagers may experience trauma from various sources, including, but not limited to:

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional)
  • Violence (at home, school, or community)
  • Neglect
  • Natural disasters
  • Serious accidents
  • Death of a loved one

These experiences can profoundly impact teenagers’ mental and emotional health, affecting their daily lives.

The Long-term Impact of Trauma Symptoms on Teens

Trauma can disrupt a teenager’s normal development and can lead to long-term issues such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts

It can affect their academic performance, relationships, and overall quality of life.

The Importance of Professional Mental Health Care in Treating Signs of Trauma

Professional mental health care is crucial for teens dealing with trauma or PTSD. Early intervention and personalized treatment in a safe, inclusive environment can help them navigate their feelings, develop coping strategies, and ultimately lead a healthier, happier life.

At Imagine Omaha, we offer a range of outpatient mental health services tailored to the unique needs of each teenager. Our team of experienced therapists and counselors provides various treatments and therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, group therapy, and family counseling.

We offer comprehensive outpatient mental health treatment for teens and adolescents aged 12 to 18 through a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Contact Imagine Omaha Today

If you suspect that your teenager is experiencing trauma, don’t wait. Early intervention is key. Reach out to us at Imagine Omaha. We’re here to help, providing the care and support your teen needs to overcome their trauma and thrive.

We believe in the power of healing, the strength of the human spirit, and the potential within each individual. Together, we can help your teen navigate this challenging journey toward a brighter, healthier future.

Contact us today at 888.306.2681 or reach out online. We can answer any questions or begin the process of getting your child enrolled in trauma treatment to address the signs of trauma in teens. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Let us help your teen heal and grow. So don’t hesitate to reach out – our team is here for you every step of the way.