Interpersonal Difficulties

What do we mean by interpersonal challenges?

Interpersonal challenges are quite common among adolescents and are considered a normal part of development. However, persistent and severe challenges become more ingrained and pervasive over time, disrupting one’s ability to function across settings. In adulthood, these maladaptive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving can cause numerous problems and a great deal of distress, potentially resulting in a personality disorder diagnosis. To prevent these normal challenges from becoming major issues, it’s important to recognize and intervene early to help manage these difficulties effectively and develop new ways of seeing oneself and interacting with others.

At Antelope, we work with children who exhibit more severe or extreme interpersonal challenges, such as:

  • Bullying other students.
  • Outbursts at school or with friends.
  • Intense fear of rejection.
  • Difficulty expressing anger appropriately.
  • Frequent misinterpretation of others’ actions as hostile or contemptuous.
  • Difficulty maintaining friendships due to jealousy or possessiveness.
  • Paranoia or excessive suspicion without justification.
  • Persistent lying to or manipulation of others for personal gain.
  • Repeated cold, distant, or overly formal behavior.
  • Lack of empathy and disregard for the feelings of others.
  • Dramatic, erratic, or flamboyant behavior in social settings.

How do we work with these challenges?

Treating teenagers with interpersonal difficulties involves a multifaceted approach. Therapy is often the cornerstone of the care plan, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) being particularly effective. These therapies help teens understand and manage their emotions, improve their communication skills, and develop healthier relationships. Group therapy can also be beneficial, providing a safe environment to practice new skills with peers. Additionally, family therapy might be employed to improve communication and resolve conflicts within the home, especially if the outbursts are directed toward parents.

Overcoming difficulties with Interpersonal Issues

One major challenge in treating interpersonal difficulties is the variability in family members’ willingness to participate in therapy or change their behavior patterns along with the teen. Often, we see family members contributing unconsciously to the dynamics. The complexity of interpersonal dynamics can make it difficult to isolate the factors contributing to the teen’s challenges, requiring highly individualized treatment plans.

Benefits of healing from Interpersonal Issues

Interacting with others is a significant part of daily life, and treatment for interpersonal difficulties can bring benefits across many areas. Individuals often find that their relationships become closer and more rewarding. They learn to handle conflicts and pressures more effectively and develop greater self-awareness and behavioral control. This progress can lead to a more fulfilling and harmonious life.

Therapeutic modalities used for Interpersonal Difficulties

At Antelope Recovery, our team of experienced professionals utilizes numerous therapeutic modalities to aid your teen’s journey to health and happiness. Explore some of the modalities used below.

A Glance at Our Intensive Care for Interpersonal Difficulties

Monthly Case Consultations

Monthly review sessions provide an opportunity to zoom out and discuss the success of your treatment plan. Are we meeting our goals? Can we drop sessions or add some? During these sessions we check-in and further customize our approach.

Ongoing Virtual Support

Our treatment team is available to you and your teen for ongoing virtual support between treatment sessions. We encourage the continuous practice of learned skills and provide assistance when challenges arise, ensuring consistent progress.

Initial Assessment

To ensure our treatment is effective and addresses the needs of the whole family, we start with a comprehensive assessment of your teen and family that lays the foundation for successful treatment.

Parent Support

This program isn’t just for your teen — we want to ensure that you have the support and skills for the journey ahead, too. We offer a parenting program and parent coaching as needed, ensuring you have the resources and skills to navigate the recovery journey alongside your teen.

Custom Treatment Plans

Our treatment plans are highly individualized, taking into consideration the specific needs, challenges, and treatment goals of each family.

Interdisciplinary Care Coordination

By coordinating with the entire care team – including psychiatrists, school counselors, probation officers, and pediatricians – we ensure that everyone in your circle of support is on the same page, and taking coordinated efforts forward.

Learn More About Our Virtual IOP Program in Colorado

Our IOP lasts between 4-12 weeks and includes 3-20 hours of care a week, depending on what is needed for your teen to build the foundation necessary for lasting recovery. Treatment plans are completely customized to your teen’s needs. 

Your Family’s Recovery Roadmap

  1. Schedule a free consultation to kickstart your teen’s recovery and create a personalized action plan.
  2. Our team at Antelope Recovery takes the reins, crafting the perfect recovery plan for your teen. 
  3. Work the program through to completion! We offer continued post-treatment support through our alumni and services network. 

Invest in the Best Care for Your Teen

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Personalized Care

We customize your teenager’s treatment plan and weekly schedule to ensure they are on the most effective path to recovery.

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Home-Based Recovery

Our virtual IOP allows teens to practice therapeutic skills in the comfort of their own homes, integrating healing into their daily lives.

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Experienced Providers

Our team brings years of expertise and understanding to every therapy session or group, ensuring your teen receives top-tier care.

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Continuous Improvement

We’re pioneers in the field of teen mental health, using data to drive innovation and enhance services for our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Interpersonal challenges can be caused by a variety of factors including developmental delays, environmental influences, family dynamics, and individual personality traits. Experiences such as bullying, trauma, or social exclusion can also contribute significantly. Genetics and neurobiology may play roles in how individuals process social information and respond to social stimuli. 

  • Treating interpersonal challenges in adolescents often involves more emphasis on developmental aspects, such as identity formation and peer relationships. Therapies are tailored to be age-appropriate and often involve the family or school environment. Adolescents may benefit from a more dynamic approach that includes group therapy with peers, which helps them develop social skills in a supportive setting. Early intervention is crucial and can include therapeutic techniques adapted for younger individuals to help them develop healthier relational and coping mechanisms.

  • We recommend you reach out to a trusted healthcare professional; whether that is us, your school counselor, school nurse, or your doctor. 

  • Interpersonal challenges are quite common among adolescents and are considered a normal part of development. However, when these challenges are severe, persistent, and unaddressed, they can lead to personality disorders. It’s important to recognize and intervene early to help manage these difficulties effectively.

Partner With Us for Your Teen’s Recovery 

Empower your teen and strengthen your family with our innovative and compassionate approach to recovery. Schedule your free 15-minute consultation now, and let’s begin your teen’s journey to recovery today.