CBT is effective in the treatment of impulse control disorders and conduct disorders because it helps teens identify and single out behavioral triggers and thoughts. By developing the ability to differentiate between a thought related to their disorder and “normal thinking”, teens can begin to adapt learned coping mechanisms to block out and replace these thoughts and avoid relying on disruptive behaviors to seek relief.
Talk therapy can involve one-on-one psychotherapy with a professional, or it can involve group therapy or family therapy. Parents are often heavily involved in the treatment of impulse control and conduct disorders, as they must learn how best to support their teen and help them control their behavior.
Medication often does not play a role in treating a conduct disorder when it is the only diagnosis.
But for teens with multiple mental health diagnoses, medication may play a critical part in helping them become more compliant during individual and group therapy, as well as help them begin adopting effective coping mechanisms after treating the most severe and immediate symptoms of other conditions, such as generalized anxiety, ADHD, and depression.
At Visions, we help teens discover effective coping mechanisms, help boost their self-esteem, and improve their social skills through a variety of programs and alternative therapies. Our facilities sport the equipment and space for different therapeutic activities, and we coordinate with specialists and psychiatric professionals to develop treatments fitting every teen’s needs and circumstances. Experiential therapy can help teens with conduct disorders learn to fit in and better control their compulsions, in combination with therapy.