Spotting Teen Dissociative Disorder

Teen Dissociative Disorder (or Dissociative Identity Disorder) was previously known by another name. Some of you may be more familiar with Multiple Personality Disorder or Split Personality Disorder. In 1994 the American Psychiatric Association officially changed the name in its diagnostic manual. A diagnosis of dissociative disorder is not very common, occurring in only one [...]

Depression Dangers in the Winter

The holidays are upon us. The decorations, the lights, memories made with family and oh yea…holiday stress, anxiety, and depression. From January through December, everyone is dealing with events and “obligations” that bring with them higher levels of emotional distress than any other time of the year. The remaining winter months consist of short days, [...]

2020-01-13T12:47:46-08:00Teen Mental Health|

Co-Occurring Disorders

The term co-occurring disorders in teens could be described as a condition where a person has a co-existing substance use disorder and mental illness. While typically used to refer to the combination of mental and substance use disorders, the term additionally refers to different combinations of disorders, such as intellectual disability and a mental disorder. [...]

Depression, Social Media, and FOMO

The holidays are a time of joy, family, and gift-giving, but FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out) can cause depression in teens who spend a ton of time on the internet. There is always something going on, somewhere, with someone. Social media is the provider of information overload for teens who are constantly connected. They [...]

2020-01-06T06:51:05-08:00Teen Mental Health|

Suicide Prevention and Hope

Studies show that around 90% of people who have committed suicide were experiencing a psychological illness at the time. Depression was the most common mental illness reported. Impulsivity and substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol, likewise warning signs for raised suicide risk. It is crucial to keep in mind that suicidal thoughts and behaviors aren’t [...]

2019-12-26T11:22:36-08:00Teen Mental Health|

Stalking and PTSD

The obsessive pursuit of another has, for quite some time, been portrayed in scientific and fiction literature, but was conceptualized as “stalking” only recently – first, came under the guise of celebrity stalking and, then, as a public health issue known to be affecting the general population. A meaningful working definition of stalking goes as [...]

2019-12-27T08:07:49-08:00Teen Mental Health|

Boys Battling Eating Disorders

There is a common misconception that eating disorders occur only in women and young girls. Contrary to this popular opinion, approximately one in three people struggling with an eating disorder is male. Additionally, eating disordered behaviors such as binge eating, purging, laxative abuse, and fasting for weight loss are nearly as common among men and [...]

How Can Residential Treatment Break Your Teen’s Phone Addiction?

Teen phone addiction treatment is often called a social disorder, described as a teen’s obsession or fixation with their cell phone. While most teenagers possess a smartphone, cell phone, or smartphone addiction is characterized by excessive cellphone/smartphone use, causin g harm and trouble in a teenager’s life. Activities that they may be addicted to incorporate [...]

2019-12-16T06:29:53-08:00Teen Addiction|

Eating Disorders: When an Epidemic Expands

Earlier this year, an article in The Guardian out of the United Kingdom reported that hospital admissions resulting from young people experiencing anorexia and bulimia were on the rise. Though a variety of groups aimed at reducing the amount of imagery of skinny models has helped, today’s teens are still facing eating disorders. And when [...]

Schizophrenia & Teen Treatment

Have you ever seen anyone out in the community talking to themselves and acting what you perceive to be strange or erratic? Did they make you nervous because you were unsure if they would behave in a way that we believe to be socially acceptable? This person could have been experiencing schizophrenia. Perhaps they were [...]

Ways to Reduce the Holiday Stress

So many of us look forward to the holiday season. We get to see family, attend special events, dress up, eat delicious food, and partake in religious ceremonies. No matter what holiday you celebrate or when, what’s universal about celebrating important dates is that celebration and stress often go hand-in-hand. As [...]

Talking About Teen Eating Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the prevalence of eating disorders in adolescents is 2.7% of the population. This number may seem small, but the impact that eating disorders have is incredibly significant on a person’s life who is being impacted. Disordered eating is the experience of eating [...]

PTSD: Signs of Teen Trouble

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD, is a disorder commonly discussed in the military communities. PTSD was first coined a term in the 1970’s as veterans returned from the Vietnam War. They displayed what many may refer to as “classic symptoms” such as flashbacks, nightmares, and other behavioral concerns. These symptoms were [...]

Why Choose Residential Treatment for your Teenager

Are you the parent of a teenager with significant mental health issues? Perhaps your teen has multiple diagnoses, takes medication, sees providers regularly, and is still struggling. We want you to know you’re not alone and it is okay. It might not seem like it now. You might be racking your brain to determine where [...]

Cyberbullying on the Silver Screen

Nationwide, cyberbullying is on the rise. Unfortunately, bullying of children isn’t new, but with the access to technology that we have now, there is access to children in ways that never existed before. As teens spend an average of nine hours per day online participating in social media, watching television, and more, the concept of [...]