Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Youth Care Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Youth Care Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Causes and Effects of Anxiety

Youth Care Treatment Center and school has helped teens with anxiety all over the United States for 30 years. Our unique approach is based off of solid morals and beliefs to help adolescents be successful in turning their lives around.

Understanding Anxiety

Learn about anxiety

Anxiety disorders are some of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions in the country. Many individuals think of the presence of anxiety as being something that only adults go through due to the stress they face in their daily lives. However, there is an exceptional amount of children and adolescents who grapple with the overwhelming symptoms of various anxiety disorders. While anxiety is something that everyone will experience at some point in their lives, others experience it on a regular basis and to a point where their functionality becomes disturbed as a result. These individuals can start to feel all-consumed by feelings of worry about things they cannot control.

There are different types of anxiety disorders that children and adolescents may suffer from, including generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobia, and agoraphobia. Each one of these categories has its own grouping of symptoms, and while some young people will only struggle with one type of anxiety, others can battle multiple types.

While anxiety’s symptoms and effects can be demoralizing for those impacted by this disorder, it can be treated. The sooner that treatment is obtained, the more positive the outcome will likely be.

Statistics

Anxiety statistics

Studies show that one in every eight children is impacted by some form of anxiety disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders in adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 is roughly 25%.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for anxiety

The causes and risk factors that may impact a child or adolescent’s susceptibility to developing an anxiety disorder are summarized in the following:

Genetic: Anxiety is one of many mental health conditions that runs in families. The specific types of anxiety are also said to share a genetic tie. Genes can play a role in shaping an individual’s personality and temperament, both of which can add to how an individual faces and handles stress. The manner in which each individual handles stress may demonstrate his or her tolerance for anxiety, which can ultimately affect whether or not he or she will be afflicted by this type of disorder at some point in his or her life.

Environmental: The environment by which one is surrounded as he or she grows up can play an important role in whether or not he or she will develop an anxiety disorder. If children are not supplied with attention from their caregiver, or if their needs fall to the wayside during critical developmental stages, the result can be the development of high levels of stress and anxiety. In addition, when children and adolescents are subject to violent or hostile home environments during their developmental years, they might have higher levels of anxiety as they have been robbed of feeling safe, secure, and comfortable.

Risk Factors:

  • Being pressured by parents or other authority figures to perform at a certain level academically or athletically
  • Being made to feel as though one is being compared to other siblings, friends, or family members and not meeting expectations
  • Family history of anxiety disorders
  • Parental overprotection
  • Being repeatedly exposed to violence
  • Being surrounded by inconsistent, unpredictable home environments
  • Experiencing a traumatic event or series of traumatic events
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

There are a number of factors that can add to the symptoms that a child or adolescent with anxiety will show. Factors including one’s age, temperament, and personality can add to the intensity of symptoms, and the specific type of anxiety disorder that he or she is battling with will help better define the symptoms displayed. Some of the many symptoms that may appear in those with an anxiety disorder include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Participating in self-harming behaviors
  • Lowered academic performance
  • Social isolation
  • Avoidance of specific people, places, and/or situations
  • School refusal
  • Sudden angry outbursts and temper tantrums
  • Restlessness
  • Rapid, slowed, or repetitive speech

Physical symptoms:

  • Chronic stomachaches
  • Frequent urination
  • Muscle tension
  • Extreme difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in eating patterns, leading to weight gain or weight loss

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Impatience
  • Inability to fully concentrate
  • Repetitive thinking

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Chronically feeling under pressure
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Drastic mood swings
Effects

Effects of anxiety

When children and adolescents struggle with anxiety disorders for long periods of time and are not supplied with appropriate treatment designed to reduce their symptoms, the lasting effects can be damaging and can carry into adulthood. Examples of some of these effects can include:

  • Exacerbation of anxiety symptoms, leading to the onset of new and often debilitating symptoms
  • Failing academically, making it difficult to find and maintain employment
  • Engaging in substance abuse that can increase in intensity as the person ages
  • Becoming socially withdrawn, leading to a lack of strong, healthy interpersonal relationships
Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety and co-occurring disorders

It is common for anxiety disorders to develop alongside other mental health conditions. Some of the many disorders that have been known to exist with anxiety in children and adolescents can include:

  • Bipolar disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Impulse-control disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Multiple anxiety disorders
Marks of Quality Care
  • AdvancED
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation

Now I can sleep at night. My son is safe and finally moving forward after three other residential facilities and weekly therapies of all kinds - for years - in three different countries.

– Linda C.