Behavior

be·hav·ior/
n. noun

Webster's dictionary defines behavior as, "The manner in which one behaves, or the manner of conducting oneself." 

The behavior of an adolescent is a key factor in the overall productivity, or lack thereof, of a teen’s lifestyle. If a teen chooses to act on fruitful, self-promoting behaviors, they are likely to develop into a successful, fully-functional, young adult. Contrariwise, teens who act on negative, self-indulgent behaviors, are likely to live an unproductive, chaotic lifestyle, and therefore, less apt in developing characteristics needed in meeting their personal potential.

The behavior in which one chooses to conduct themselves, is the single-most important factor in living a successful, happy lifestyle. Consequently, those who fail to realize the importance of behaving in a productive manner, will live a life of poor stature, and ultimately, a life of regret.

Bipolar disorder

Bi.pol.ar dis.or.der

|bī?pōl?r| |dis?ôrd?r|
n.noun

Mayo Clinic describes bipolar disorder as: "Bipolar disorder sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Although a severe condition, bipolar is very common ailment, that can be treated with proper medications and therapies.

People who suffer from bipolar disorder may only experience mood swings once or twice a year. However, those who suffer severely may experience mood swings several times in a single day. During these mood swings, an individual suffering from bipolar disorder, will experience the highest, followed by the lowest of lows.

It is important for people, who suffer from bipolar disorder, to receive the necessary treatments and medications needed to combat their psychological affliction. Additionally, individuals, who suffer from bipolar disorder and don't receive psychiatric treatment, are at high-risk of using drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medicating.

Boarding schools

Boar.ding / school

n.noun

A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live during the school year with their fellow students. The word 'boarding' is used in the sense of "bed and board," i.e., lodging and meals. However, some boarding schools also offer the option for their students to attend school during the school day and then return home to their families at day’s end.

Boarding schools have also become a popular choice among parents of troubled adolescents. Specialized boarding schools now provide treatment for troubled teens, who would greatly benefit from receiving 24 hour, 7 days a week, therapeutic treatment.

There are many boarding schools throughout the nation, varying in types of schooling and standards needed for acceptance. Most boarding schools require a significant amount of tuition fees in order for a student to be admitted. Additionally, many boarding schools offer scholarships for students who possess athletic abilities or a high grade point average paying for some, or even all of their tuitional fees.

Boot camps

|boōt||kamp|
n.noun

Boot camps were initially created to assist soldiers in preparing for war. The United States uses boot camps to make young soldiers for all of the scenarios of warfare, and provides them with the skills and knowledge they require for adequately protecting our country. However, within the last 50 years, boot camps have become widely popular in treating troubled adolescents who display out of control behaviors. Behavioral modification programs, such as these, are commonly referred to as, boot camps for troubled teens.

In terms of treating troubled teens, boot camps are a relatively new treatment. Starting in the 1960's, boot camps have become an ever increasing treatment option chosen by parents of troubled adolescents. However, Boot camps believe in negative reinforcement in order to 'break' teen's negative behaviors. Psychiatric professionals view boot camps' negative reinforcement strategy to be ineffective in promoting permanent change in troubled teens. In short, parents would be better off choosing an alternative to boot camps for troubled teens.

Alternative treatment options to boot camps

Although a child may appear to have 'changed' after returning home from a boot camp for troubled teens, the child's 'improved behavior' will almost certainly be short-lived. This is because boot camps do not provide any necessary therapeutic restoration that the teen desperately needs. Therefore, choosing an alternative treatment option, such as residential treatment or a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens,