Shepherd’s Hill Academy has found success in helping teens with digital addictions with its therapeutic, unplugged environment.
As you consider Shepherd’s Hill Academy for your family’s therapeutic needs, take the time to read this father’s letter to his son. It encompasses how our digital free environment helps heal teens with digital addictions.
The Effects of a Digital Free Environment
Below is a letter from a medical doctor and father of a boy once enrolled at Shepherd’s Hill Academy who was struggling with digital addiction:
“When you were in preschool you were diagnosed as having ADHD. In 5th grade, the school psychiatrist diagnosed you as having Asperger’s syndrome. At Carden Conservatory your diagnoses were oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). At College Hospital you were diagnosed with thought disorder (TD) and psychosis. At Aurora Hospital you were diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
From my perspective, none of the treatments for any of these problems had any beneficial effect on you. I may be wrong, but I suspect that the people at Shepherds Hill are a bit skeptical about the existence of all of these disorders. Trace Embry lists most of these problems as ones that he feels can be effectively treated at Shepherds Hill. But he also lists one other diagnosis that psychologists and psychiatrists never talk about: “garden variety spoiled brat.” When we talked to him, he also mentioned the word “sin.”
At Shepherds Hill all of your psychiatric problems seem to have disappeared. Your letters to mom are insightful and coherent and well written. You are doing well in school. You are doing your homework. You have successfully changed your behavior. The reason may be only to avoid special meals, but you have changed your behavior. People with psychiatric disorders don’t suddenly become cured with a change in environment. I think the staff at Shepherds Hill may have a lot better insight into behavior problems in teenagers than do psychiatrists and psychologists. What do you think?”
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