Disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) are a group of behavioral disorders that are characterized by ongoing patterns of defiant and hostile behaviors that children and adolescents direct at authority figures. The two most common forms of DBD are oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder. While all children go through stages where they can be defiant in an attempt to test limits, kids with DBD exhibit these behaviors to such an extreme that it disrupts their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. If you have a child who presents with symptoms of DBD, you might feel like you are trapped in a vicious spiral of negative behaviors without the hope of there ever being any reprieve. But there is hope for change.
Valley Behavioral Health System provides a variety of treatment options for various forms of mental illness, including disruptive behavior disorders. We offer acute inpatient care that can help start the path of healing for your child. Our treatment center is located on 57 acres of the serene landscape of the Arkansas River Valley. We are the only mental health treatment facility in the state of Arkansas that is able to offer our patients the luxury of having private rooms while being treated on an inpatient basis. Our qualified and caring staff work to make sure that each and every patient that we treat is provided with the highest level of care possible so that your child’s unique needs are met. The effects of DBD do not have to continue to affect the lives of you and your child. You can get the help that you need at Valley Behavioral.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Seeing your child act out in the severely negative behaviors associated with DBD can be debilitating and demoralizing for you as a parent or guardian. You have probably gone back and forth experiencing differing emotions, varying from sadness to frustration to anger. You might find yourself feeling guilty that you are not able to control your child or you may even feel like giving up. Yet you might also find yourself questioning whether or not your child really is suffering from an actual disorder or if you are simply being overly critical. The following are some examples of behaviors that may be indicative that your child is suffering from something more serious than just typical adolescence:
- Excessive arguments with and defiance against adults
- Chronic lying without any sense of remorse
- Blaming others
- Purposely participating in behaviors that are intended to anger or annoy others
- Stealing and/or destroying property
- Abusing or mistreating animals
- Physically attacking others
- Playing with fire
If any of these behaviors stick out as being something that you have witnessed your child exhibiting, then it is probably time to seek professional guidance. Despite the severe symptoms that exemplify the presence of DBD, it is a disorder that can be managed and treated if provided with the proper treatment.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Valley Behavioral Health System
If you have identified your child’s behaviors as being as severe as those associated with DBD, then you have probably begun to experience fear about what your child’s future will entail. You might be concerned for your child’s safety, as well as for the safety of those around him or her. You may be experiencing concerns as to what repercussions your child is going to face if his or her behaviors continue to worsen. These are all justifiable feelings, and you are not alone in your concerns. If left untreated, DBD can leave a trail of broken relationships, substance abuse, and criminal involvement. As your child ages, he or she also runs the risk of having his or her symptoms develop into those of antisocial personality disorder. But by intervening now, you can change your child’s future.
Inpatient treatment programs continue to provide successful results when treating children and adolescents suffering from disruptive behavior disorders. When children are treated on an inpatient basis, they are being removed from their daily routines which takes them out of the world full of triggers that have historically led to their negative behaviors; in other words, they are no longer at risk of negative influences. While being treated on an inpatient basis, children are provided with monitored care in a safe environment 24/7 where they only have to focus on getting well and overcoming the symptomatic behaviors that plague their minds.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Our mission at Valley Behavioral Health System is to be an organization that is valuable, accountable, and life-changing. We are dedicated to making each patient a priority as soon as he or she walks through our doors. We strive to ensure that everyone receives the exceptional treatment that they deserve. We promote self-awareness and personal growth by centering treatment on the patient alone. Patients have access to a variety of clinical professionals who are there to aid in treating each person as a whole. Working under the supervision of board-certified psychiatrists, our team consists of social workers, therapists, psychiatric nurses, educational and recreational specialists, and other mental health professionals who are ready to provide you with a full continuum of care.
Treatment Options Offered at Valley Behavioral
Upon arriving at our treatment center, the admissions process will begin with you and your child taking part in a comprehensive assessment with one of our qualified assessment specialists. After the appropriate information has been gathered, the assessment specialist will consult with one of our leading psychiatrists in order to make a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care. Our care managers will then work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that is designed to help guide you through the duration of your treatment. At Valley Behavioral, we implement a variety of therapeutic techniques that are tailored to meet the needs identified in your treatment plan. Examples of these various forms of treatment are:
Medication management: One major component in successfully managing the symptoms of disruptive behavior disorders commonly comes in the form of medication. At all times during the course of treatment, medication is closely monitored by our medical staff and your child’s treating psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held in a confidential setting where your child will meet on a one-to-one basis with his or her therapist. These sessions are held once per week, but additional sessions can always be added if your child needs or request them, or if the therapist believes that it would be beneficial to add them at various stages throughout the course of your child’s treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy is another aspect of the inpatient treatment process that Valley Behavioral feels aids in a child’s recovery to wellness. These group sessions are held on a daily basis where patients meet together to discuss a variety of topics based on things that they are struggling with or need to process through. Rehabilitation groups are held twice daily and recreational groups are held at a minimum of three days per week.
Family therapy: At Valley Behavioral, we recognize how crucial the role of family involvement is in order for any type of treatment to be successful and we actively encourage consistent family participation. During inpatient treatment, family therapy sessions will occur at least once each week. If the patient or the patient’s family members request additional sessions, they will be held at the discretion of the therapist. Family visitation time is made available twice per week, but family members are able to call their loved ones at any time.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to incorporate all aspects of our patients’ well-being into the treatment process, we offer therapeutic recreational programs that are designed to stimulate, develop, and reinforce interests and health patterns. This also helps children practice appropriate social interaction and behaviors.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Your child’s discharge process begins at the time that he or she is admitted into our inpatient program. We do this so that when the time comes for your children to leave the inpatient program, a plan for continuing care is already in place. This is aimed at providing you, as the parent, with the peace of mind in knowing that you and your child are not going to lose support once you walk out of our doors. The various levels of care that your child may be stepped down to following his or her inpatient stay can include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), standard outpatient therapy sessions, meetings with your psychiatrist for continuing medication management, and support groups. We have care coordinators available should you need assistance in scheduling follow-up appointments or to address any other concerns that you may have.
We don’t want you and your child to continue living a life haunted by the behavioral detriments of disruptive behavior disorders. At Valley Behavioral, we will do everything that we can to ensure that your child reaches his or her highest potential so that he or she can go on to lead a happy, healthy and productive life.