Conditions and Issues We Treat

We understand that families try their best to help and connect with their children. Sometimes, parents find themselves feeling worried and helpless. In these situations, teens may need more than what parents alone can offer. Ironwood Maine can help assess whether our program is the right fit for your child’s needs. Ironwood’s skilled therapists are experts at treating emotional and behavioral disorders, while our educators help our residents stay current in school. Importantly, teens who have previously been hard to reach find success at Ironwood – it’s what we do.

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Over the years Ironwood has developed an expertise in working with teens who are at their core good kids but whose behavior is currently not acceptable. Common behaviors and issues we address include or are affected by some combination of the following behaviors and mental health issues:


  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Emerging Personality Disorders 
  • Gender Dysmorphia
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) 


  • Unhealthy risk-taking 
  • Disrespectful and defiant 
  • Impulsive decision making 
  • Easily influenced by peers
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Technology addiction 
  • History of self-harm
  • History of suicidal ideation
  • Substance Use (nicotine, marijuana, alcohol) 


  • Capable but underachieving academically 
  • Average/Above average intelligence
  • Poor executive functioning skills
  • Poor decision making
  • Social/Emotional IEP Goals 


  • Unhealthy relationships and conflict with family 
  • Unhealthy relationships and conflict with peers 
  • Social isolation tendencies
  • Poor conflict resolution skills
  • Poor emotional regulation skills
  • Poor social skills 
  • Low self-esteem

Please note that Ironwood does not have the capacity to treat adolescents with the following histories:

  • Psychotic disorders
  • Active eating disorders 
  • Significant substance abuse history
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Medical instability
  • History of animal abuse
  • History of sexual assault 
  • History of violence 
  • History of arson