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Are there Treatment Centers for Teen Compulsive Disorders?
Yes, there are treatment centers for teen compulsive disorders. According to the many doctors and addiction specialists, teens are just as likely to suffer from compulsive addictions as adults are. A compulsive disorder is one that is characterized by a behavior that a teen is unable to stop despite its harmful consequences. Some of these addictions can cause both social and physical harm to the addict. There are either singular or combined treatment centers for all of these addictions.
Cutting is a disorder that rapidly becomes an addiction. Similar to other addictions of this nature, it starts as needing something under their control and then gradually morphs into an endorphin addiction rather than just being addicted to the cutting.
Similar to cutting, pain addiction is the addiction to the endorphins released when a person is in pain. This addiction might be to emotional pain or to actual physical pain depending on the person.
Addiction to a specific type of food is not uncommon in teens. Many struggle with obesity because of a food addiction to carbohydrates or complex sugars. This causes weight gain and usually depression in teens.
According to the National Library of Medicine, many teens suffer from eating addiction and eating disorders. This addiction can lead or be caused by:
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Overeating disorder
- Compulsive exercising
These are very difficult to treat and usually require hospitalization in order to fully treat both the symptoms and the cause.
Internet addiction is becoming more common in both teens and adults. This is the inability to stop using the internet despite its harmful effects on social relationships, grades, and other aspects of their life. Many times internet addiction is more complex than it originally appears. It is an indicator for severe social anxiety, bullying, and other mental issues.
Video Game Addiction
Video game addiction and gaming addiction are both usually to escape reality. Many people who suffer from video game addictions are in abusive situations or have problems relating to society and social situations. Most gaming addictions show an underlying problem in the home or within the family. Some video game addicts have a parent who is addicted to a drug or alcohol and the video game is an escape for them.
Addiction to Pornography
Pornography and masturbation addiction go hand in hand. Although both the use of pornography and masturbation are normal for a healthy teen, it is when these practices begin to take over and start to destroy normal social relationships that it is a problem. It is important to recognize which is normal behavior and when normal behavior gets out of control. Since this is a touchy subject for teens, the possibility of addiction should be approached very carefully.
Social Media Addiction
Many teens have issues with social media. A social media presence is only an addiction when it interferes with normal relationships, school, and family.
If your teen exhibits any of these behaviors and it is harming their ability to interact at school and in social settings it might be time for treatment. There are treatment centers for each of these addictions. We can help you find the one that is right for you and your teen. Call us at 800-721-8114.