Menninger’s Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP) is a stabilization and assessment program for adolescents ages 12-17 who have complex psychiatric disorders or co-occurring disorders, that is, a psychiatric disorder coupled with substance abuse or dependence. The program has 16 beds.
With its wide-ranging clinical expertise, the program’s interdisciplinary treatment team
stabilizes acute symptoms to help identify core issues and determine next steps in treatment. The team offers in-depth assessments when an adolescent’s diagnosis is unclear or when a second opinion is needed. The team administers extensive psychological testing, and neuropsychological testing is also available.
The goals of treatment are to:
- Resolve the immediate crisis.
- Remediate acute psychiatric symptoms and interrupt addictive and self-destructive behaviors like self-injury, substance abuse and eating disorders.
- Create a treatment plan based on a coherent diagnostic formulation.
- Develop and practice effective coping, communication and emotion regulation skills and strategies.
- Create a wellness plan that maps the road to recovery and helps teens and their families stay on track post-discharge.
Most patients have two or more diagnoses, predominantly affective, anxiety or emerging personality disorder diagnoses. Substance abuse issues are not uncommon.
The most common diagnoses are:
- Major depression
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Borderline personality disorder (emerging)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Eating disorder
- Alcohol and/or marijuana abuse
- Bipolar disorder
- Dysthymic disorder
- ADHD and learning disorder