Finding a Safe Harbor for Your Son with Anxiety Disorder
We can help your son in his battle with Anxiety Disorder, sometimes called Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This is a protracted condition distinguished by a severe and devastating level of fear, which may be identified by panic attacks; specific phobias provoked by certain things or situations, and may consist of social anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It can be solely mental and emotional, perhaps together with physical symptoms (i.e.: rapid pulse, profuse sweating, difficulty sleeping). Full-blown attacks can feel paralyzing to those who are suffering.
Typically, a diagnosis requires that the anxiety last at least six months.
Safe Harbor…Throwing a Lifeline for Your Son with Anxiety Disorder
Diagnosis and care for Anxiety Disorder early on is significant, so that the anxiety does not escalate to the point of clinical depression, maybe leading to self-medicating with drugs, alcohol or other harmful behaviors.
Your teen’s treatment approach might include one or more therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the more helpful for high-level anxiety. That therapeutic approach is focused on observing thought patterns that can lead to anxiety, and then blocking damaging behaviors by having him learn new responses to those triggering events.
He might also benefit from medication to help in dealing with anxiety, although others find the side effects too difficult to handle.
As parents, it may be you find it hard to understand the underlying causes that trigger such responses but with early diagnosis and professional help, Anxiety Disorder is generally treated with fairly high rates of success.
Safe Harbor… Helping Troubled Boys Become Men of Character and Integrity
This unique, waterfront-based Christian residential boarding school is a salvation for troubled boys. Our program is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but uses maritime training as the therapeutic model for at-risk teenagers. Safe Harbor is a safe, stable, structured, unconventional choice that can be a much more effective option than reform schools, foster care programs, or lockup in the juvenile justice system. We allow them to learn responsibility and experience behavior modification through seamanship, mentoring, counseling and spiritual focus, while also studying for a high school diploma.
Licensed mental health professionals and pastoral counselors offer both individual and group counseling opportunities. Most boys entering the program have had outpatient counseling but this has not led to anticipated change.
Our academic philosophy, built on the belief that education is a lifelong process that occurs in every area of life, uses the unique and creative learning approach to teach our curriculum, benefiting students who have not found success in a traditional academic setting thus far.
We assist the boys in becoming responsible, mature and independent young men through spiritual, educational and vocational training, that centers on full responsibility for the upkeep for the very boat on which they will live. Real-life learning teaches them boat repair/maintenance, welding and carpentry; lifestyle competence will instruct them on everything from how to establish and maintain credit/bank accounts, apply for a job, to cooking and housekeeping skills. Our goal is to prepare them for entrance into and success in the workplace, equipping them with a sturdy work ethic and positive character traits, like self-esteem, integrity, reliability and maturity.
Their learned knowledge of the water and boat, respect for your equipment and the elements, self-reliance and perseverance, will later be applied to what will become their broader view of the world; they must be able to analyze for themselves and then act, and overcome the challenges that they (and we all) will face in life.