A patient is a person who receives some type of treatment or medical care. The type of treatment or medical care a patient receives depends upon what type of ailments or conditions the individual patient is suffering from.
When pertaining to troubled adolescents, patients may be teens who struggle with ailments such as, personality and/or behavioral disorders, drug addictions or need some other type of treatment to regain their foothold in life.
The type of treatment programs that assist troubled teen patients are prevalent and come in many, different forms. These types of programs include but is not limited to, boarding schools for troubled teens, wilderness therapy, residential treatment, rehabs, group homes and transitional living programs.
Teens who are viewed as patients at their chosen program, are also treated or viewed as patients. Teens are given treatments, medication and rehabilitation much like patients at a hospital who medically require attention.