Known for behavioral disruptions, violations of others’ rights, and rule violations, conduct disorder is a disorder that can impair a person’s ability to succeed occupationally, socially, and financially. People with conduct disorder may bully or threaten others, use weapons, act cruelly to people or animals, steal, destroy property, con others, ignore parental rules, and engage in a host of other violent, destructive, abusive, or careless behaviors.
At Westend Hospital, we understand the pain and disruption that conduct disorder can cause. With the help of our compassionate and experienced treatment team, it is possible to learn strategies for managing conduct disorder and build your ability to live a healthier, more fulfilled life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a loved one or family member with conduct disorder can be a painful experience. Fortunately, you are in a prime position to be of help to your loved one. You might consider taking the following steps to benefit him or her:
- Learn about conduct disorder and about options for treatment. Read about the disorder, speak with knowledgeable treatment professionals, and explore centers that treat the disorder. Once you have gained a firm grasp of the disorder’s symptoms and completed your research into treatment options, make a short list of treatment centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Perhaps the most difficult task facing you is to convince your loved one to seek treatment. By definition, people with conduct disorder often do not believe they are doing anything wrong and feel they are reacting to an environment that is unfair. As a result, it may be challenging to encourage a loved one to seek treatment. Short of the person breaking a law and being required to attend treatment, there may be few situations where a person with conduct disorder will seek professional care. One of the best things you can do is simply to share your concerns with your loved one as well as you can, encourage him or her to seek treatment, and continue reiterating your love and support for him or her.
- Once your loved one decides to seek treatment, support him or her as best as you are able. Keep up with his or her progress in treatment, and talk with your loved one regularly as appropriate.
- During this time, do not forget to take care of yourself. Now is not the time to be a lone wolf, so make sure to seek out the support of family and friends. With social support around you, make sure to maintain healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits. In addition, consider joining a support group and beginning individual therapy so that you have a place to process your emotions about your loved one’s disorder.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
If left untreated, conduct disorder can be enormously disruptive to a person’s life. Individuals with this disorder may experience demotion, job loss, and financial strain. Behaviors associated with conduct disorder can impair a person’s ability to obtain and hold a job, leading to long-term unemployment, poverty, and even homelessness. In addition, because conduct disorder is associated with disregard for rules and aggression towards others, it is not uncommon for individuals with the disorder to experience jail time and legal involvement. Conduct disorder is also associated with increased rates of sexually transmitted infection, risk-taking behavior, accidents, and substance abuse. Fortunately, however, there is help available for individuals with conduct disorder, and by seeking help, it is possible to avoid or minimize many of these negative and life-altering consequences.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
At Westend Hospital, we are proud to provide life-changing treatment to adults ages 18 and above who are struggling with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to conduct disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression.
When a man or women enters Westend Hospital, he or she can expect to receive world-class clinical services, to be provided with an individualized treatment plan that has been designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs, and to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Throughout an individual’s time at Westend Hospital, he or she will work closely with talented and compassionate professionals who will be focused on monitoring his or her progress and offering the personalized care that will alleviate his or her conduct disorder symptoms and improve his or her quality of life.
While an individual is receiving care for conduct disorder at Westend Hospital, the following elements may be incorporated into her his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: The symptoms of certain mental health disorders respond well to treatment with prescription medications. If a client is experiencing a disorder or disorders that may be treated with such medications, he or she can receive effective and responsive medication management services while being treated at Westend Hospital. Services provided to medication management clients include three weekly meetings with a psychiatrist as well as round-the-clock nursing supervision and care.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a client and his or her therapist can provide invaluable opportunities for individuals to process successes and setbacks, discuss issues related to the treatment of conduct disorder, and address matters that the client may be unwilling to bring up during group therapy sessions. At Westend, individual therapy sessions are conducted on an as-needed basis based upon the preferences of each client and the determinations of his or her treatment team.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a foundational element of treatment at Westend Hospital. During group therapy sessions, clients who have been struggling with conduct disorder have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. At Westend Hospital, group therapy sessions may be led by a nurse, social worker, or activity therapist. Groups are held on a daily basis. While the specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of group members, the following are among the general topics that may be addressed:
- Anger management
- Coping skills
- Grief therapy
- Medication compliance and management
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
Activity therapy: Clients who are being treated for conduct disorder at Westend Hospital also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activity therapy sessions. Activity therapy features several innovative and interactive techniques that can help individuals to manage their symptoms. Activity therapy also offers customized instruction in how to make the healthiest and most productive use of a client’s leisure time, and provides clients with new skills that they can develop and enjoy long after they have returned home.
Family therapy: At Westend Hospital, we are keenly aware of the impact that a client’s struggles with conduct disorder can have on loved ones, and we also understand the essential role that family members can play in a client’s continued progress during and after he or she is in treatment with us. For these reasons, we are proud to provide family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Conducted by an experienced social worker, family therapy sessions allow loved ones to address personal concerns, strengthen familial bonds, and learn how best to support the client’s continued healing after he or she has returned home.
The goal of Westend Hospital is to provide clients who have been struggling with conduct disorder with the assessments, treatment, and continuing support that they need, based upon their unique strengths, needs, and goals. To learn more about our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Westend Hospital is the perfect place for you or someone you care about.