Wilderness therapy was supposed to help these 'troubled teens.' It traumatized them instead. Katelyn Haruko Schmisseur was 16 and struggling with bulimia when she was sent to a wilderness therapy program in Utah. She says it didn’t help her eating disorder, and she now suffers from PTSD and depression. Source 5b.
Numerous studies have linked exposure to nature with increased vitality and a greater sense of happiness. For example, people who participate in excursions to the countryside report feeling more alive, and that the mere memory of those outdoor experiences makes them feel happier.