We Can Help Boys with Bipolar Disorder
We at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy can help your son who struggles with Bipolar Disorder, a condition characterized by periods of unusually elevated mood and energy alternating with times of abnormally depleted mood and energy level. His mood swings back and forth between feelings of exhilaration and despair, tending towards the extremes, when compared to the normal “ups and downs” which virtually all people experience in life.
While he may experience normal phases in between, the high phase (referred to as “manic”), could find him easily distracted, with too much talking and too little sleep, little self control, unreasonably high self-regard, racing thoughts, poor judgment and temper control, and engaging in reckless behavior (i.e.: sexual activity, overindulgent substance use/eating).
His “depressive” episodes might be evidenced by lack of interest in once-loved friends or activities, with gloom, regret, anxiety, isolation, annoyance, excessive/disturbed sleep, suicidal thoughts or actions.
Family history and brain chemistry are considered factors, but causes for BPD are not clearly established. Other accepted factors include: a blood relative with BPD, drug or alcohol abuse, an undue amount of a high stress or traumatic situation.
We’re Here to Help Your Son Who Has Bipolar Disorder
It is essential for your teen to be correctly diagnosed, especially because of the self-threatening nature of many of the behaviors commonly seen with Bipolar Disorder; in some cases, commitment (either voluntary or compulsory) will be called for, in order to allow treatment to proceed. Early treatment is critical (i.e.: not confusing his symptoms with chronic depression) as there is a high suicide rate among teens with Bipolar Disorder.
There are certainly medications that can help control BPD symptoms, which should be taken along with therapy from a qualified individual. Both will be required for a lifetime, since it can be misleading to think that, since symptoms are no longer obvious, his problems may have disappeared and he’s been cured.
Prayer Mountain Academy – Offering a Second Chance at a New Life
Our 15-month, bible-based, therapeutic curriculum is designed in such a way as to emphasize introspective thinking along with our Christian counseling. Tailored for the individual student, the work requires our students to scrutinize areas of their lives in need of change,
Boys come to us in various states of meaninglessness, having developed dysfunctional behaviors and attitudes to satisfy their need for security and significance. As loving parents, you have explored every option as you’ve tried to help your son who has been compromised as a result of his destructive choices. Once having looked to you for direction and approval, he is now following a negative peer group down the wrong path.
Guided by the pastoral counselors on our staff, Group Counseling (in addition to Individual Counseling) occurs on a regular basis at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy. This time is an opportunity to let students come to grips with commonly faced problems.
The Teen Challenge program provides a safe haven for adolescents who have filled the emptiness in their hearts with devastating consequences in its place; our residential school provides an opportunity for each student to refocus and evaluate his life decisions. We narrow distractions to provide an environment favorable to learning at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy. Students won’t have access to email or social networking sites, instead focusing on their secondary education within our rigorous, interactive, self-paced curriculum. Alpha Omega Academy is a fully accredited, high quality program, created exclusively for Christian schools.
Our Aftercare program will re-establish your son’s trust, along with conflict resolution, specific responsibilities and educational goals for his return to your home.
Our environment balances discipline with personal responsibility to create a positive peer element, nurturing students who’ll receive Prayer Mountain Academy’s crucial lessons of patience, diligence, teamwork, work ethics and motivation. Your son will be able to make healthy choices, transformed into the confident, unique young man he is, with a positive vision for his life ahead.