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Alternates to Talk Therapy for Anxious Teens 5184 3456 se_admin

Alternates to Talk Therapy for Anxious Teens

In the middle of a panic attack, teens may experience overwhelming physical sensations that make it difficult to breathe, let alone gather their thoughts and talk about their experiences. Sometimes anxious teens don’t want to talk about how they’re feeling because they worry their fears may sound irrational or their thoughts are racing so fast,…

borderline personality disorder
Reframing Borderline Personality Disorder as Childhood Trauma 4500 3000 se_admin

Reframing Borderline Personality Disorder as Childhood Trauma

We need to start talking about borderline personality disorder for what it really is: a complex response to trauma. While traumatic experiences don’t necessarily trigger signs of a borderline personality, up to 60% of people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder have co-occuring PTSD. It is understood as a combination of genetic factors and early childhood…

bullying and substance use
Bullying May Lead to Substance Use In Teen Girls 2373 3560 se_admin

Bullying May Lead to Substance Use In Teen Girls

Bullying is a serious problem among teen girls. Not only in how it affects their view of relationships, but as a risk factor for loneliness, depression, suicide, and unhealthy coping mechanisms. Bullying can completely warp one’s sense of self and safety, which can lead to long-lasting emotional consequences, long after incidents of bullying stop. Girls…

ptsd and substance use
Seeking Safety for PTSD and Substance Use 2608 2806 se_admin

Seeking Safety for PTSD and Substance Use

Teens who have experienced trauma are more likely to turn to substance use to cope with symptoms of PTSD. Traumatic experiences contribute to a hypervigilant view of the world where teens struggle with emotional pain, trusting others, and feeling a sense of belonging and security. Substance use may numb the pain, but is not an…

Rebuilding a Relationship with Yourself After Trauma 3729 4661 se_admin

Rebuilding a Relationship with Yourself After Trauma

All relationships mirror the relationship you have with yourself. This goes both ways. Teens learn to take care of themselves the way they’ve been taken care of and are better prepared to trust others, forgive others, and respect others if they are able to treat themselves the same way. According to the novel, the Perks…

Beyond the Label of a Diagnosis: Taking a Personalized Approach to Helping Troubled Teens 2237 1530 se_admin

Beyond the Label of a Diagnosis: Taking a Personalized Approach to Helping Troubled Teens

Some mental health disorders, like depression or PTSD, have such a wide range of symptoms and overlap with other issues that it is difficult to create a specific plan that is guaranteed to help every individual struggling with the issue. Solely looking at diagnoses when creating a treatment plan for students when they enroll ignores…

teen self harm
Why Are Gen Z Teenagers More Likely to Self Harm? 4512 3012 se_admin

Why Are Gen Z Teenagers More Likely to Self Harm?

Although there may just be more visibility on the Internet, self-harm in Gen Z is on the rise. Time Magazine attributes the increase in self-harm among today’s teenagers to the intensified teen angst that is spread through social media. Teen angst refers to a general feeling of anxiety and frustration that often refers to the…

body image in teen girls
The Effect of Social Media on Body Image in Teen Girls 3600 2400 se_admin

The Effect of Social Media on Body Image in Teen Girls

Teen girls report that social media has the biggest impact on how they feel about their bodies, rather than looking in the mirror, their health, or how their clothes fit. Social expectations override their confidence and intuition. Their friends have less input than influencers that they follow who dictate what their body should look like…

teenage daughter is depressed
What to Do When Your Teenage Daughter is Depressed and Refusing Help 3957 5936 se_admin

What to Do When Your Teenage Daughter is Depressed and Refusing Help

The teenage years can bring about new defiance in your teen. If your teenage daughter is depressed and refusing help, this can make things challenging for you as a parent. You want them to feel better, but without help, that is nearly impossible. First you should understand that asking for help or seeking help for…

healthy living and PTSD
Mind and Body: Healthy Living and PTSD 5760 3840 se_admin

Mind and Body: Healthy Living and PTSD

Healthy Living and PTSD are interconnected during the treatment process. While one is working to cope with the symptoms of PTSD, healthy living should also be made a priority. Research from PsychCentral talks about how “the nervous system and brain do not operate separately from the physical body. When we are hurt emotionally and mentally,…