Teen Mental Health

Seeing Invisible Illness

“But, you look great!” Although it may feel nice to have someone tell you that you are “looking great” or “have never looked better”, if you feel terrible inside the compliment does not carry much weight. Unfortunately, or maybe, fortunately, depending on your outlook, not all illnesses show their symptoms on the skin. Those are [...]

2020-01-29T12:48:11-08:00Teen Mental Health|

What’s The Deal With Situational Depression?

Many people suffer from depression through the year for various reasons. Depression has a variety of triggers ranging from event specific depression to seasonal depression. Situational depression is a form of “event related” depression. Situational depression is short term in duration and develops after the person experiences a stress related event. Situational depression, sometimes called [...]

2020-01-23T07:16:50-08:00Teen Mental Health|

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|

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 [...]

How to Talk with Your Teen About Their OCD

The teenage years are difficult. It does not matter if you are the most neurotypical, healthy teenager with plenty of friends. These years are still difficult. They are full of developmental milestones, learning consequences, identifying who you are, and learning to establish healthy relationships. You do all of this while balancing school and deciding what [...]

The First Step on the Road to Recovery

Recovery means something different to every person. Most of us are in recovery from something. Recovery from the end of relationships, from substance use, from an addiction to eating or shopping, or really any struggle that has impacted life in difficult ways. As a teenager I needed help find recovery from the struggles that high [...]