Emotional Disturbance Treatment in San Diego

According to the U.S. Department of Education (ED), emotional disturbance is a condition that typically has an adverse impact on children’s educational performance over a long period of time. Emotional disturbance is often characterized by one or more impairments in learning, interpersonal relationships, behaviors or feelings, and mood. Difficulties with the symptoms of emotional disturbance can also impede social functioning at home, school, and community. Therefore, seeking support with emotional disturbance treatment can help individuals learn how to understand and treat their symptoms to live their best lives.

At Sober Life, we know how difficult it can be to find affordable and effective treatment that fits you and your loved one’s life. Most people lead busy lives filled with countless responsibilities and obligations that leave little time for self-care. However, your long-term well-being does not have to be disrupted by the hustle and bustle of life. Therefore, we are committed to providing emotional disturbance treatment that meets you and your loved one where you are on your journey to healing because you deserve support to thrive in your life.

The Challenges of Emotional Disturbance

When left unaddressed, emotional disturbance can make daily life significantly more challenging. As Camilla A. Lehr notes in “Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders: Promoting Positive Outcomes,” many individuals with emotional disturbance have performance difficulties with:

  • Self-care
  • Relationships
  • Appropriate behaviors
  • Academics

Moreover, as the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) notes, emotional disturbance is often associated with mental health or behavioral issues. Some of the mental health disorders commonly associated with emotional disturbance include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Conduct disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

As a result, emotional disturbance and associated mental health and behavioral issues can increase challenges with:

  • Self-awareness
  • Easily distracted
  • Impulsiveness
  • Inattentiveness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Attention-seeking behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Withdrawal

Feeling like you are not in control of your behavior is frustrating. It is even more distressing when you find it difficult to understand and engage with people and things. The challenges of emotional disturbance are deeply distressing, especially for young people who have a wide variety of other stressors that come with growing up. Moreover, the difficulties of emotional disturbance increase the risk for emotional distress and other risky behaviors.

At Sober Life, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to build skills that will support independence and long-term life satisfaction. Therefore, we offer personalized emotional disturbance treatment to support you and your loved one’s specific needs for healing.

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Finding Emotional Disturbance Treatment at Sober Life

The goal of emotional disturbance treatment is not about fixing or curing you or your loved one. We believe emotional disturbance treatment is about giving you and your loved one the tools to build adaptive skills to thrive in the world. Our holistic approach to emotional disturbance treatment is focused on individualized whole-person healing that addresses you and your loved one’s specific experiences. Through our HealthyU program, you can work with masters-level clinicians to build a treatment plan with a wide variety of therapeutic modalities that match your life and needs.

Building a Path to Recovery

At Sober Life, we believe recovery is for everyone; thus, there is no one way to heal. Building an emotional disturbance treatment plan that understands each individual’s unique challenges is vital to supporting long-term healing. As a result, we offer holistic approaches to mental health and substance use services because everyone should have access to a path to recovery that fits their needs to heal. If you or your loved one is facing additional challenges with a co-occurring addiction, there is a path to recovery for them.

Or if you or your loved one is dealing with associated challenges with mental health disorders, there is a path to healing for them. You and your loved one deserve access to personalized emotional disturbance treatment that acknowledges how it impacts overall well-being. Through our mental health and addiction recovery approaches, you and your loved one can engage in holistic and resiliency-focused care to build adaptive skills to overcome obstacles and start living a fulfilling life.

Mental Health Recovery Approach

As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, emotional disturbance, also known as serious emotional disturbance (SED), is an umbrella term that often encompasses multiple mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Thus, emotional disturbance often includes or co-occurs with disorders like schizophrenia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The intersecting and overlapping of disorders and conditions in emotional disturbance adds another layer of challenge to daily functioning. Therefore, with our HealthyU program, we are dedicated to providing service-oriented emotional disturbance treatment that meets you and your loved one where you are on your journey to healing.

Some of the treatment options we offer through our HealthyU program include:

  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Hybrid IOP
    • Virtual group IOP
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Veteran IOP
  • Holistic activities
  • Aftercare
    • Family program

At Sober Life, we know everyone’s experiences and needs are unique to them in every part of life. Thus, we are committed to working in partnership with you and your loved one to customize emotional disturbance treatment that will assist your family in achieving your goals to live your best lives.

Addiction Recovery Approach

According to SAMHSA, emotional disturbance or SED is associated with an increased risk for substance misuse or substance use disorder (SUD). The onset timing for mental health disorders and co-occurring SUD among youth and young adults can vary. In some cases, emotional disturbance precedes the SUD as difficulties with emotional distress and behavioral issues increase the risk for substance use. On the other hand, chronic substance misuse can increase the risk for mental health disorders associated with emotional disturbance. Thus, emotional disturbance and SUD share a bidirectional relationship as they impact each other.

However, with more than one path to healing in mental health and addiction, recovery is possible. We provide flexible emotional disturbance treatment to help you and your loved one build a healthier you with individualized family-focused services:

  • Outpatient detoxification
  • PHP
  • IOP
  • Virtual IOP (VIOP)
  • Adolescent IOP
  • Veteran IOP
  • Aftercare
    • Family program

With holistic support, you and your loved ones can discover a path toward healing that makes sense for you.

Benefits of Emotional Disturbance Treatment in a Healing Setting

We know the real world can be hectic and filled with stressors. Treatment in a vacuum leaves few opportunities for people to find independence and build a healthier self. Therefore, we have fostered a healing space where you and your loved one can build the skills needed to thrive in the real world. We believe in creating a space based on different healing dynamics to build generational bridges of healing in our community.

Here in Downtown San Diego, you are surrounded by a casual and compassionate community of people sharing their lived experiences for each other’s long-term well-being. Whether you are considering emotional disturbance treatment for yourself or a loved one, Sober Life provides the tools and resources for independence, connection, and lifelong community. Tucked into the vibrant and creative Little Italy district, we are proud of the deeply connected and healing community we have nurtured together.

Addressing the Importance of Emotional Disturbance Treatment

The challenges of emotional disturbance can leave you feeling disconnected and misunderstood by your peers, family, and community. You or your loved one want to feel better; you want to have meaningful interpersonal relationships and a fulfilling life. However, reaching out for support can be difficult when emotional and behavioral conditions are stigmatized. Some myths and misconceptions suggest that young people with emotional and behavioral conditions are bad kids or that emotional disturbance is untreatable.

In reality, the difficulties of emotional disturbance are not the product of bad kids or bad parenting but a condition or set of conditions that can be treated. As KSDE states, with support you or your loved one can increase self-awareness, social skills, self-control, self-esteem, and academic success. However, as SAMHSA notes, the consequences of unaddressed emotional disturbance can include:

  • Delayed graduation
  • Drop out of school
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Incarceration
  • Early pregnancy
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Homelessness

Taking that first step toward emotional disturbance treatment can feel daunting. Yet, you or your loved one deserves the opportunity to pursue your academic and employment goals, build supportive relationships, and live a fulfilling life. We know the strength is in you to build the meaningful life you and your loved ones deserve.

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