Help for Adolescents and Their Parents
Autism, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome, depression, severe anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder – research shows these conditions are closely linked to drug use in adolescence.
What’s behind this link? Each of these diagnoses has been linked to an individual’s stress response, which is an effort to regulate the quality of experience in order to identify signals and cope in stressful situations.
To help students, educators and parents cope with these common conditions, The Bach Network has launched a new website for adolescents and their families at TeenCanJournals.com. The website provides a place for teens and families to share their stories and encourage others to talk about their own issues. The hope is that such conversations can lead to better treatment for adolescents diagnosed with certain conditions.
Autism Therapy Comes To Schools
One parent in Wisconsin told his son about anxiety as the reason he couldn’t stay awake for 8 hours straight. When the child was 14, his mother met with her son’s school district to create the Overcoming Anxiety Treatment Program (OATP). The goal was to help students and staff with a variety of anxiety problems – including anxiety disorders and chronic social issues. The program meets twice a week for eight to 12 weeks, with small groups of two to four students at a time.
OATP pilot studies evaluated the OATP curriculum, which is delivered both online and in school through Mazinga, a parent-run, student-lead experiential learning program. Sixty percent of participants in a pilot program in the northwest region of Wisconsin received life-altering results after completing the program. Seventy-one percent of participants reduced their tendency to panic attacks, sixty-three percent lowered their anxiety. For some, adjusting to life on campus without a heightened sense of anxiety was the catalyst for better performance.
Zach Bohn, who received treatment through OATP, was spending most of his morning sitting or lying on his bed in his room alone. “Zach was bored all day, and I feared that he was depressed,” said his mother, Lauren. She knew Zach wouldn’t enjoy attending high school, but had no idea just how much that would change his outlook.