What We Treat: Mental Health Treatment for Teens

Ridge RTC specializes in mental health treatment for teens, with comprehensive residential and outpatient programs that are designed around the unique needs of individuals in this challenging time of life.

Our extensive, individualized treatment programs cater specifically to teens struggling with mental health conditions, with cognitive and behavioral health services rooted in today’s most effective evidence-based practices. Learn more about the variety of mental health disorders we treat, and contact Ridge RTC today for information on how we can help empower your teen with the tools they need for a brighter future!


At our residential treatment centers for teens in Maine and New Hampshire, patients receive compassionate mental health services and a safe, nurturing environment where they can work toward healing. Our teen mental health treatment programs place heavy emphasis on family involvement, meaning we also provide parents and caregivers with all the ongoing resources they need as they invest in future health and happiness for their loved one post-treatment.

Above all, we know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to teen mental health treatment. All teens who attend our residential programs will receive dedicated care that addresses their personal needs, strengths, and challenges. For example, we employ a variety of evidence-based therapeutic practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), experiential therapies, group therapy, and family counseling, depending on the distinct needs of our patients. Regardless of the route taken, each pathway is designed to build a foundation for long-term success.

Residential Treatment Center For Teens


Our counseling and residential therapeutic services can be a lifesaver for adolescents struggling with one or more mental health conditions. Each of our mental health facilities for teens employs skilled professionals who can guide your child as they navigate challenges, such as:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Cultural or racial discrimination
  • Sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity exploration
  • Grief and loss
  • Loneliness
  • Relationship issues
  • School-related problems and social challenges like bullying
  • Trauma coping

The sooner these and other mental health issues are addressed, the better. Our adolescent and teen mental health treatment services are designed to help your loved one thrive, offering support and guidance at a time when it’s needed most.

Common Mental Health Issues in Teens

Anxiety disorders are common among teens, often presenting as persistent and severe worries, irritability, agitation, difficulty concentrating, and restlessness. Feelings of doom or danger may also be experienced by those with anxiety disorders. Ridge RTC specializes in treating anxiety disorders in teens, providing a safe environment to manage their symptoms and overcome the challenges associated with their mental health.

Personality disorders often show their first symptoms in adolescence and may create significant challenges to an individual’s social, emotional, and developmental well-being. Those affected by personality disorders frequently exhibit destructive patterns of thinking, as well as troubling behaviors that can impact their daily lives and relationships.

It’s crucial to address a mental health issue early on and provide the necessary support to help individuals navigate their challenges and work towards a healthier state of mind.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can be triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as physical assault, childhood abuse, sexual violence, threats involving weapons, accidents, or natural disasters. Symptoms of PTSD can develop within a month or even years after the event.

Common symptoms include intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and negative changes in cognition, thinking, and mood. It’s essential to seek professional help for individuals experiencing PTSD symptoms to ensure proper support and treatment, ultimately leading to improved mental health and well-being.

Depressive disorder is prevalent among young people and can arise from various factors, including changes or abnormalities in brain chemistry and past traumas. Children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with this disorder may benefit from antidepressant medications prescribed to help treat depression. Before resorting to medication, our rehab for teenage depression has been proven to give adolescents the support they need to overcome depressive symptoms, providing teen depression treatment personalized to each individual’s needs.

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depressive disorder, is characterized by alternating manic and depressive episodes. The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary and may include mood swings, anxiety, anger, unwanted thoughts, sleep problems, aggression, and changes in weight, among others.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex condition that varies in severity and manifestation, affecting emotional regulation and self-control. Teens and young adults with ADHD often face challenges in school and daily life. Managing ADHD typically involves a combination of medication, individual and family therapy, and the development of life skills.

Grief and loss, resulting from the death of a loved one or a traumatic event, can have a profound impact on teens and young adults. They may become emotionally stuck or withdrawn from their daily lives, experiencing anger, guilt, nightmares, depression, and apathy.

Offering strong support, empathy, and expert guidance to teens and young adults is crucial as they navigate complex emotions and work to prevent long-term negative impacts.

Dual diagnoses refer to situations where a patient has multiple disorders simultaneously, such as a combination of mental disorders or a combination of a mental health and substance use disorder. It’s essential for individuals with a co-occurring disorder to receive comprehensive and integrated treatment that addresses all aspects of their health and wellness. With appropriate support from youth mental health specialists, patients can work towards recovery and achieve better overall well-being.

Eating disorders pose significant risks, particularly for teens. At Ridge RTC, our teen eating disorder treatment approach centers on empathy and individual care, addressing the mental and behavioral challenges associated with disordered eating.


Ridge Teen Mental Health residential treatment centers employ a multi-phased approach that supports teens through each stage of recovery.

  1. Skill-building: Our patients learn vital emotional and behavioral skills and maintain a portfolio that helps document their progress.
  2. Controlled practice: Teens apply newly acquired skills in a controlled environment, reinforcing their learning.
  3. Real-life application: Our teens continue to utilize these lessons in their daily lives.

Ridge RTC also emphasizes the importance of a smooth transition from our program into post-treatment life. Our specialized transition curriculum helps teens maintain their progress while preparing for future challenges. We’re honored to work alongside families as they guide their loved ones on the path to success.

Positive Youth Development

Ridge Teen Mental Health treatment centers encourage and empower teens throughout their healing journey. By focusing on their existing strengths and the development of healthy new skills, we create an environment where our patients can truly thrive. This includes a comprehensive approach to teen mental health treatment based on therapeutic support, physical activities, and personal hobbies.

Examples of extracurricular activities include hiking and art, both of which are known to improve mental health. By offering a well-rounded experience, we aim to foster the growth and well-being of our teens, setting them up for success in all aspects of their lives.

Find Help with Ridge RTC

At our teen mental health treatment facilities, we encourage clients and their families to fully engage as partners in the creation and implementation of individualized treatment plans. We also welcome active collaboration with therapists or treatment professionals your child may already be working with. These collaborations enable us to achieve treatment goals more efficiently and facilitate smoother transitions to life after our program.

At Ridge RTC, we cultivate a supportive and collaborative atmosphere that empowers every client to unlock their full potential. Ready to discover more? Contact us today to explore our mental health care programs and learn how we can assist with the challenges you or your teen might be facing.


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