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social media and school performance
Social Media Addiction Associated with Poorer School Performance 2560 1707 se_admin

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
Can Neurofeedback Training Increase Self-Esteem? 2500 2500 se_admin

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…

daughter who has experienced trauma
What to Say To Your Daughter Who Has Experienced Trauma 2560 1706 se_admin

What to Say To Your Daughter Who Has Experienced Trauma

According to the Center for Disease Control, two in five women in the United States experience some form of sexual trauma in their lifetime. Although these statistics make it seem relatively common, everyone experiences it differently, which makes it difficult to make generalizations about how to talk to survivors. #MeToo is a powerful statement, but…

talk therapy
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
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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
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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…