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Dealing with Stress and Anxiety: 9 Ways To Practice Self Care 1920 1280 Jenny Selent, LMFT

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety: 9 Ways To Practice Self Care

When stress goes unmanaged in parents, the resulting emotional dysregulation can have a major impact on our ability to tune in to the needs of our children. Younger children and teens are particularly sensitive to this, as they often show us what they are feeling and needing through their actions and behaviors rather than their…

transitioning out of residential treatment
Transitioning out of Residential Treatment: How You Can Help Your Daughter In This Time Of Change 2560 1332 se_admin

Transitioning out of Residential Treatment: How You Can Help Your Daughter In This Time Of Change

We are introducing a new blog series written by a graduate of Solstice East and our sister program, Journey Home East. Below are her insights and observations of transitioning out of residential treatment. Your daughter is finally ready to start planning her transition out of the Solstice East program. You as parents might be excited…

bipolar disorder and depression
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Differences Between Bipolar Disorder and Depression

Bipolar disorder is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed disorders in teens, which is why many professionals caution early diagnosis and medication, unlike most other mental health struggles. Knowing the difference between bipolar disorder, depression, and teen mood swings is important in determining what treatment options will be effective for your child.  What is Depression…

dialectical behavioral therapy
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Used in Experiential Groups

It’s no surprise that teens often struggle with actively participating in group therapy sessions, as it is difficult for them to talk about their feelings. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a successful model, often used in group therapy, that offers a variety of strategies to help teens cope. Students are encouraged to use diary cards to…

boredom among teens
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Boredom Among Teens Affects Rates of Depression

Although new technologies are released every year, an analysis of the popular Monitoring the Future survey found that boredom among teens is rising year after year for high schoolers. In every grade, girls’ boredom levels steeper rises than boys, rising an average of 2 percent every year. Everybody experiences boredom from time to time, but…

childhood trauma
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Why We Screen Every Student for Childhood Trauma

This year, California’s Surgeon General, Nadine Burke Harris, announced that she wanted to screen every student for Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma before entering school. Through her career, she recognized that there was a strong association between the adversity and trauma her patients experienced and their school functioning. Residential treatment centers acknowledge that addressing childhood…

drama triangle
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Improving Poor Boundaries Within the Family Dynamic

Many families struggle with setting healthy boundaries with each other. Often, parents have different styles of parenting, which can sometimes balance each other out, but often feels inconsistent for the child. As children reach adolescence, they are more likely to push boundaries with their parents and try to create their own rules to live by.…

social media and school performance
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Social Media Addiction Associated with Poorer School Performance

Texting has become teenagers’ preferred form of communication. While only 39% use their cell phones for voice calls, teens text in class, at the dinner table, and when they’re supposed to be doing homework. Even when parents try to set limitations around cell phone use, teens find it hard to set boundaries with their personal…

neurofeedback
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Can Neurofeedback Training Increase Self-Esteem?

Excessive self-blame and low self-esteem may be precursors to depression rather than a result of depression. In an earlier study, a team of researchers at King’s College London found evidence that people with a history of depression have lower connectivity between two particular areas of their brain when recalling feelings of guilt. Based on these…

bullying and self esteem
How Being Bullied by Close Friends Affects Self-Esteem 1707 2560 se_admin

How Being Bullied by Close Friends Affects Self-Esteem

When we picture the classic bully, it is typically someone their target doesn’t have a history with who picks on them for no clear reason. This can make it easier for people who have been bullied to feel victimized. However, it also helps them recognize that it may not be personal and that this stranger’s…