I was begging my mom to let me change schools. I didn’t care that it was my senior year. I even asked if I could drop out of school and get my GED. She said no. I told her that I couldn’t stand to be bullied anymore. It’s not as if I draw attention to myself, but the kids at school make fun of me. I had hoped this year would be different. I am so sad and angry, and some days I have thoughts of just giving up. Friends could help, but no one comes near me. I was looking forward to college, but now I ‘m not sure I can do the work. My mother called an educational consultant who recommended a psychological evaluation, and the psychologist who gave the test said I needed a residential program. I feel too bad to even fight the idea.
I’ve been at Calo Young Adults six weeks, and even though the kids here don’t treat me the way those kids in high school did, I still don’t have any friends. I’m trying really hard. I get up most days and go to the gym. Sometimes I go three times a week. I even have a personal trainer. I go to all the groups at the program, and I have a therapist I’m beginning to trust. I’m feeling more sure of myself, but some days are really hard, and I slip back to feeling the way I did before I came to New Lifestyles. My therapist says getting better takes hard work and time. I hope not too much time. I want to get on with my life.
Students who present at Calo Young Adults with a history of recurrent Social Exclusion or Rejection by others often have experienced both verbal and physical abuse, bullying, and intimation by peers. Prolonged stress during developmental periods when a student has not yet become resilient and is experiencing symptoms of other disorders can mirror trauma. Often during the evaluation phase of the initial assessment or after building a trusting relationship with a therapist at Calo Young Adults, a student reveals additional trauma history that is sufficient to meet criteria for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Trauma therapy is long and painful and requires well trained and seasoned therapists to lead the work. Especially critical is the therapist’s ability to differentiate diagnoses of: Adjustment Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Major Depressive Disorders; Personality Disorders and to determine comorbidity with Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders or Substance Related Disorders.
For additional information about the treatment of trauma and comorbid diagnoses, please contact Admissions.
last modified: February 29th, 2016