Students Come to New Lifestyles from a Variety of Geographies and Settings. Nearly half of New Lifestyles students are from the Northeast and Atlantic Coastal area (including the Washington D.C. area). However, the other 50% of students are equally represented between the West, Midwest, and Southeast United States.
People often ask about a typical student's circumstances prior to New Lifestyles. Many students had been living with parents and either underperforming or struggling with adult tasks such as finishing high school or completing college courses. Others have completed wilderness treatment programs or inpatient or residential programs and require a transitional experience before returning to college or beginning to live independently.
Students Come to New Lifestyles with a Number of Diagnostic Characteristics and Treatment Needs. Students tend to struggle with similar issues. Concerns that are characterized in the DSM-IV as Axis I disorders to include:
- Bipolar I and II Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders (often Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Social and School Phobia)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Nonverbal Learning Disorder & Asperger’s Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Substance Abuse
A fairly high percentage of our students also exhibit problematic personality traits. These Axis II traits and disorders tend to complicate treatment, and are the source of a great deal of interpersonal and family difficulty. Common traits include:
- Passive Aggressiveness
- Borderline Traits