What A Substance-Induced Disorder Looks Like

Mood disorders are very common mental health diagnoses. Experiencing a mood disorder can be characterized by a distortion in mood that makes functioning difficult. A person may be very sad, depression, happy, angry, and may struggle to maintain a mood state. At any age, people who experience mood disorders may be more likely to engage [...]

Talking About Sexual Addiction With Your Teen

Today’s teenagers face a multitude of pressures, among which include the need for good grades and the ability to get into a good college. But aside from academics, teens also experience several pressures that can be quite worrisome for parents, including pressures to try drugs or to have sex. With both drugs and sex, once [...]

How Addiction Shapes Teen Growth

Though it seems that teen drug use as it pertains to cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines is stable, if not on the decline, drug use and abuse is still prevalent. Whether it be alcohol abuse, prescription medication misuse and abuse, and one of the more common behaviors that we are seeing, vaping, teens today are still [...]

2019-10-03T09:22:41-07:00Teen Addiction|

Healthy Coping Mechanisms Through Therapy

In your everyday life, you probably have no reason to even talk about “coping mechanisms” on a regular basis. However, if you or a loved one were to be faced with a mental health issue of some kind, I would be willing to bet that you may hear and use these words often. First and [...]

Fall Season Social Anxiety

As we enter into the fall season, households across America start packing up their summer wear. And, they start pulling out fall clothing and warm blankets, and switching the thermostat from air conditioning to heating. For many Americans, however, fall means an emotional change as well. In fact, the fall season is well known for [...]

2019-09-24T12:56:53-07:00Uncategorized|

What Diabulimia Looks Like

Eating disorders can be caused by a variety of reasons. In most cases, they stem from an obsession with body weight, food, or body shape. In these cases, the person with the eating disorder has some sort of altered reality about their situation or tries to overcompensate for that perceived shortcoming. Though most of us [...]

Fighting Food Addiction During The School Year     

Human beings love to eat. At pretty much every single stage of human development, people can’t get enough of snacking on sweet or salty products throughout their day. As young adults in school and in the workplace, it can be hard to find a balance between eating responsibly and overeating. While, for the most part, [...]

2019-09-17T17:27:58-07:00Teen Addiction|

What Food Addiction Looks Like In Teens

Food addiction occurs when a person feels a pressing need to eat, so much to the point that the need becomes out of control. This compulsivity is often a response to certain feelings or emotions that cause stress, anger, or sadness. Though food is a requirement for human survival, food addiction takes place when someone [...]

2019-09-10T11:54:36-07:00Teen Addiction|

The Triggers Facing Today’s Teens

Today’s teens are under a lot of pressure. They are expected to get great grades, hold down part-time jobs, and take on extracurricular activities so that they can get accepted into a good college. Though these pressures have always existed and parents feel that they had the same experiences, with the proliferation of technology and [...]

The Truth About Video Game Addiction

It is estimated that almost 70% of Americans enjoy playing video games. And 90% of those take their gaming devices with them wherever they go, meaning that they play games not only on a gaming platform but on their smartphones too. Though video gaming has many benefits and can be fun for many, there is [...]

2019-09-10T11:23:42-07:00Teen Addiction|

Your Teen’s Learning Disability & Therapy

Approximately 10% of today’s children and adolescents are battling a learning disability. In some cases, more than one learning disability exists at one time. If your teen has a learning disability, the chances are that it is affecting more than just their ability to succeed academically. Students with these disabilities often feel disappointed in themselves, [...]

LGBT Mental Health Statistics: What The Numbers Say

Teenagers are especially vulnerable to mental health problems, and when it comes to those who within the LGBT community, that vulnerability is even greater. LGBT mental health statistics make sobering reading and the numbers say volumes about our most vulnerable teenagers. Recent surveys have shown that those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [...]

Substance-Induced Mood Disorders: What To Look For With Your Teen

Substance-induced mood disorders, as they imply, are mood disorders caused when someone either starts or stops taking a particular substance. These disorders impact the way that you think, feel, or act, and the mood change can last for days or as long as several weeks. Prescription medications and illegal drugs can result in depression, an [...]

Autism and Teens: How Can Therapy Help?

In recent years, there has been much media coverage regarding the rise of autism in young children. Though a specific cause has not yet been discovered, a variety of theories have run rampant (though they have all been disproven). For quite some time, it was believed that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was a [...]

Trauma Trouble: Warning Signs

If a young person has a particularly intense experience which harms or threatens their physical or emotional well-being, they may develop trauma. When adolescents suffer from trauma, this can have a major impact on their life. Not only can it impact on their daily life, but it can also affect their social skills. This, of [...]