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Electroconvulsive Therapy | Parent Treatment Advocates

It’s true that electroconvulsive therapy has received a poor reputation, for good reason. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) formerly known as electroshock, gained widespread popularity among psychiatrists in the 1940’s and 1960’s. However, it appeared to be a crude form of treatment, producing horrifying muscle jolts, crackling noises, and pain.

Since then, this form of therapy has evolved. Today, it is done under anesthesia and considered to be one of the safer methods to treat severe cases of depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and other forms of mental illness, particularly mood disorders. Read more!

Teen Bipolar Disorder Treatment | Parent Treatment Advocates

There are many benefits to group therapy. It is a form of support that is unlike traditional psychotherapy in that the stories of others in the group become a significant form of support.

Group therapy includes the presence of a therapist, psychologist, social worker or other mental health professional who is facilitating the group experience. Also in the room are others who are all experiencing the same diagnosis or life problem. For instance, adults who were sexually abused as children might make up a group in therapy. Typically, everyone in the room, aside from the therapist, is experiencing the same life challenge. Group therapy for teens with Bipolar Disorder can be incredibly supportive and healing. Read more!

Teen Bipolar Disorder | Parent Treatment Advocates

Of course, one of the primary ways to bring mood stability for an adolescent with Bipolar Disorder is through medication. However, there are other methods that can help prevent the swing into mania or depression.

One of the defining traits of Teen Bipolar Disorder is the rapid swing in moods between mania and depression. Euphoria, elation, racing thoughts, irritability, and substance use are common symptoms of mania. Some teenagers will also engage in forms of self-harm, such as cutting or risky behavior as a way to take away their emotional pain and accelerate the highs. When feeling low or depressed, the symptoms of depression include decreased energy, insomnia, fatigue, agitation, and suicidal thoughts. Read more!