Rick Pollard

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Avoiding Anxiety in Teens

By | November 16th, 2017|Anxiety, Mental Health, Mental Issues, Teen Girl Issues|

Photo Credit: flickr user - amenclinicsphotos With anxiety being one of the most common mental health issues found in the general population, avoiding anxiety in teens can be challenging. While medication, therapy, and the support of loved [...]

Overwhelming Bad News: The Effect of Social Media on Youth

By | November 25th, 2016|Mental Health, Mental Issues, trauma|

We’re being bombarded by disturbing news: the attacks in France, Orlando, San Bernardino, Brussels, and so many more. If you think you--the parent--are the only one reading about these events, you’re probably wrong. If your teen has any [...]

Helping Heal Trauma Through Residential Treatment for Teens

By | September 1st, 2016|Trauma Treatment|

Trauma can make it hard for a teenager to move through daily life. It can hinder their learning, focus, and even their joy. Trauma has the power to trigger further mental health challenges like depression or anxiety. When [...]

A Barrier to Success: Teen Jealousy and Judgment

By | August 28th, 2016|Student Profile, Teen Girl Issues|

Teen jealousy and judgment--they may seem like a normal part of teen life, but they can actually act as a major barrier for future success. When I think of teen jealousy, the movie Mean Girls comes to mind. [...]

The “Beach Body”: Teenage Girl Body Image Issues Last Past Summer

By | August 25th, 2016|Body Image Issues|

It’s not hard to believe that the thought of summer for a young girl brings about teenage girl body image issues. The expectation to have the “perfect beach body” is plastered all over magazines, billboards, advertisements, and more--how [...]

A New Study on ADHD in Teen Girls

By | August 24th, 2016|Mental Health, Mental Issues, Teen Girl Issues|

According to a recent article by Scientific American, new research has found that ADHD in teen girls may share a genetic root with autism and OCD. The three conditions have symptoms in common, such as impulsivity. According to [...]

The Importance of the Milieu at a Residential Treatment Center for Girls

By | August 24th, 2016|General Health, Mental Health, Mental Issues, Therapy|

“Milieu”: For any parent searching for help for their struggling teen at a residential treatment center, this is a word you may come across often. Milieu refers to an individual’s social culture or environment. The milieu of a [...]

Teenage Emotions: Don’t Avoid Them, Embrace Them

By | August 18th, 2016|Mental Health|

Being a teenager is hard. Adolescence is one of the most transformative and volatile times of a human’s life, which can be hard not just on the teen, but on the whole family. It can be easy to [...]

Airbrushed & Photoshopped: Girls’ Body Image Issues

By | August 18th, 2016|Body Image Issues|

The media promotes thin women and bulky men--no one will argue with that. What is this doing to our children, though? According to a recent article by The New York Times, researchers have found that as girls get [...]

Kanye West on Teen Depression

By | August 11th, 2016|Depression, Mental Health, Mental Issues, Teen Girl Issues|

Image source: Flickr user, AmyW87 What is Teen Depression? Teen depression is typically diagnosed if youth experience depressive symptoms for more than 2 weeks. Common symptoms of teen depression include mood swings, irritability, changes in eating [...]