Teen Mental Health

Does Your Teen Need To Start Therapy?

Some people pass through adolescence and their teen years easily and swiftly, with minimal challenge or turmoil. For others, the arrival of puberty brings about change, and sometimes these changes can be difficult for both teens and their parents to manage. Inevitably, guilt or blame begins to factor in as parents try to understand how [...]

2020-06-26T15:33:12-07:00Teen Mental Health|

How Depression Affects Learning

When people think of depression (or clinical depression), they often think of someone who struggles with feelings of sadness or who frequently feels down for longer than “normal” periods. People with depression are also sometimes seen as lazy or antisocial as they often experience fluctuations in their energy levels or tend to lose interest in [...]

2020-06-24T17:45:43-07:00Teen Mental Health|

How Does Bipolar Disorder Affect Mental Health?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme changes in one’s emotional state. Bipolar disorder was formerly called manic depression due to the experiences one has with states of mania followed by states of depression. During a previous blog we discussed bipolar disorder, its symptoms, characteristics, risk factors and treatments in detail so [...]

2020-06-17T15:16:23-07:00Teen Mental Health|

How Depression Affects the Brain

Human beings may display or feel sadness and grief from time to time. Depression and associated symptoms can be (and are) very common amongst Americans. If one considers the rate of diagnosis for the various types of depressive disorders, nearly one hundred million individuals in the United States suffer from some form of depression. That [...]

2020-06-12T15:07:12-07:00Teen Mental Health|

How Mental Health Affects Students

Mental health challenges can affect many areas of your teen’s life. It can reduce their overall quality of life, impact their physical health, and negatively impact their relationships with friends and family members. In addition to all of the above, mental health problems can affect their education and academic achievements while they are in school. [...]

2020-06-10T15:10:17-07:00Teen Mental Health|

How Does Depression Affect Relationships?

Relationships are challenging. Even the longest-lasting, seemingly happy relationships are faced with routine ups and downs, which can lead to moments of unhappiness and dissatisfaction. The day to day challenges faced by a typical relationship is exacerbated when someone in the relationship suffers from depression. Developing romantic relationships is an integral part of the development [...]

2020-06-03T16:02:53-07:00Teen Mental Health|

How Are Stress and Anxiety Related?

Stress and anxiety are a common element in our day to day lives. Most people will experience stress and anxiety to varying degrees at some point in their lives. Depending on how severe the levels of stress and anxiety are, they can have a detrimental impact on one’s quality of life. While stress and anxiety [...]

2020-05-29T12:45:13-07:00Teen Mental Health|

Are Eating Disorders Common?

As more and more celebrities, athletes and public figures come forward to describe their battles with eating disorders it begs the question how common are eating disorders in the United States? Statistics provided by the National Eating Disorder Association estimate that approximately thirty million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. Worldwide [...]

2020-05-27T13:38:57-07:00Teen Mental Health|

What Are 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Therapist?

When teens are going through challenging times, such as difficulties at school or family problems, they may feel more comfortable talking to a therapist than a member of the family or teacher. They may be experiencing a wide range of emotions such as anger, anxiety, and sadness, or they may feel overwhelmed by what is [...]

2020-05-14T14:53:15-07:00Teen Mental Health|

What Lessons Can You Learn From Therapy?

The decision to attend a residential therapy program such as that offered here at Hillcrest can be one of the most challenging choices your teen and your family will make. In their young lives, teens have not had to face the emotions associated with being away from their family, friends, and areas of comfort before. [...]

2020-05-07T13:03:43-07:00Teen Mental Health|

What Can You Expect After Residential Treatment?

For many people who live with a mental health disorder, including eating disorders, making a choice to go into residential treatment is not only one of the most challenging and difficult but also one of the most vital steps on their path to recovery. For families of teens who are experiencing these struggles, parents must [...]

2020-04-28T16:25:31-07:00Teen Mental Health|

Managing Your Eating Disorder While At Home

Eating disorders are about more than food. They are highly complex health conditions that often require the intervention of both medical and mental health experts to alter both their course and their potential effects. In the United States alone, an estimated twenty million women and ten million men have or have had an eating disorder [...]

2020-04-23T09:12:11-07:00Teen Mental Health|

Mental Health and Making New Routines

Earlier this spring, when schools closed across the country, many believed it was a temporary measure. The overwhelming thought was that within a few weeks, everything would go back to “normal.” Parents who were working from home would go back to the office, businesses would reopen, and kids would return to school. Within a few [...]

2020-04-21T13:59:02-07:00Teen Mental Health|

Staying Social While Social Distancing

As the lives of our teens' transition from the daily cycle of school, sports, work, and homework to school from home, no sports, no jobs, and social distancing practices, social media has become a more significant part of their lives than ever. There are both positive and negative sides to this influx in social media [...]

2020-04-16T13:41:46-07:00Teen Mental Health|

Teen Mental Health and COVID-19

Being a teenager is challenging under even the best of circumstances. These are the years of life where many of the most significant events occur. Things like graduation, first dates, first loves and first break-ups, proms, and the list goes on. Unfortunately for teens in 2020, during the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there [...]

2020-04-14T13:48:28-07:00Teen Mental Health|

Stay Busy While Social Distancing

In late December, we all watched as China entered mandatory isolation. On the heels of China came several European countries and, eventually, several states across the United States. Mandatory self-isolation or voluntary quarantine is so much more than merely making the conscious choice to stay at home over the weekend. For those who describe themselves [...]

2020-04-10T15:58:54-07:00Teen Mental Health|

Self-Care and Social Distancing

It has been said online and through various news media outlets that if you want to learn how to “deal with” social distancing just as your teenager. There is a universal thought process that teenagers, second to Bigfoot, are the champions of social distancing. Unfortunately, for several reasons, both emotional and physiological, your teen may [...]

2020-04-07T15:42:46-07:00Teen Mental Health|