BasePoint Academy:
Teen Trauma Treatment

Evidence Based Trauma Treatment Program for Dallas Area Teens

What is Teen Trauma Treatment

The word trauma can be used to describe both an event that is traumatic and the after-effects of experiencing a traumatic event. Trauma can often have devastating and prolonged effects; whether the trauma was caused by an accident, by the loss of a loved one, abuse/neglect, chronic bullying, or other interpersonal adverse events. At BasePoint Academy, we recognize that parents sometimes need assistance in helping their teen cope and heal from the trauma. In fact, research shows a connection between childhood stress, trauma, and health often linking these adverse traumatic and childhood events to increased risk of chronic health conditions and risky health behaviors later in life. Watching your child suffer from any trauma is not easy and you might feel helpless, worried, or alone.  Whatever your situation, the treatment programs at BasePoint Academy can help your teen work through traumatic events with help from family members and a whole support system of qualified and caring professionals. At BasePoint Academy we believe that when trauma is addressed early in adolescence, the long-term effects of trauma can be reduced to avoid risk later in life.

Learn the facts about Teen Trauma

Knowing the signs and symptoms of teen trauma is vital. Early treatment intervention can help teens avoid experiencing the effects of the trauma throughout their lifetime. It’s also important to learn the facts and statistics surrounding mental health and/or substance use that can be triggered from a traumatic event.

  • 61% of teens between the ages 13 to 17 have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime
  • 19% of teens between the ages 13 to 17 have experienced at least three traumatic events
  • Teens who have experienced any form of trauma are 15 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • Teens who have experienced trauma are 4 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol

Common Causes of Teen Trauma

Causes of trauma can vary from a one-time or short-term traumatic event to an invasive and interpersonal event. A traumatic event is physically or emotionally harmful and can have a lasting and adverse impact. Trauma reactions may persist long after the event and the intensity of physical and emotional responses can be overwhelming. Trauma experienced by teens may occur from the following events:

  • Car accidents
  • Natural disaster
  • Violent act
  • Witness to a horrific accident
  • Abuse/neglect
  • Loss of a parent
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Chronic bullying
  • Parent conflict
  • Parent abandonment
  • Experiencing or witnessing physical violence
  • Emotional distress caused by changes in the family dynamic, environment, or other unexpected events

Common Warning Signs Your Teen Has Experienced Trauma

It’s important to learn the signs of trauma as it can look different across the age spectrum. If you have concerns or need help, seek treatment programs as soon as these signs start showing. Intervening early in life can help reduce the risk of prolonged mental health needs later in life. Some warning signs may include the following:
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Trepidation and fear
  • Angry outbursts and uncontrollable rage
  • Avoiding people, places, and anything else associated with a traumatic event
  • Extensive or paralyzing grief
  • Feelings of nothingness and numbness
  • Changes in sleep patterns and habits
  • Struggles with depression
  • Marked shift in the relationship with parents and peers
  • Increased involvement in risky behaviors
  • Development of negative self esteem or self-image 
  • Struggles to identify the difference in feeling safe and being safe

Panic Attacks Caused by Teen Trauma

  • Tightening of chest
  • Rapid, pounding heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach pain or cramping
  • Nausea
  • Loss of balance
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Feeling faint, lightheaded, or dizzy

The symptoms of a panic attack typically dissipate soon after the attack has ended, but most people live with the fear of having another attack, which can be crippling on an emotional and physical level. This fear can make it very difficult for the healing process to begin and often leads to more emotional obstacles.

Schedule a Consultation at BasePoint Academy For your Teen Today

The experienced treatment team at BasePoint Academy provides teens with a safe and comfortable environment to manage their anxiety, stress, PTSD, and other mental health and/or substance use needs. Together, we will build an individualized treatment plan that provides a path towards physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Learning how to effectively cope after experiencing trauma will empower teens to activate their innate capacity to heal and establish lasting change.