• Residential Treatment Center for Teens 14-17

mental health

Eating Disorders in Teen Athletes

Eating Disorders in Teen Athletes 150 150 se_admin

With media today, body image in teen girls has become an increasing problem. Teens feel more pressure to fit a specific body type, which is ultimately leading to more and more issues with eating disorders in youth. As a growing number of teen girls participate in sports, health issues have begun to arise from eating disorders in teen athletes. A recent article by Reuters discussed how eating disorders in teen athletes has begun to increase, and the need for doctors and parents to be aware of the health risks.

The Female Athlete Triad

Eating disorders in teen athletes can be seen when teens exercise too much and don’t eat enough calories to maintain the amount of physical activity. The health issues associated with eating disorders in teen athletes include: disordered eating, a halt in monthly menstrual cycles known as amenorrhea, and a bone-thinning disease known as osteoporosis. These three issues are known as the female athlete triad. Girls can have just one of these problems or a combination, in varying degrees.

The Dangers of Over Training

While sports can have tremendous benefits like improved self-esteem and better physical and mental health, doctors, parents, and coaches need to be aware of eating disorder habits in teen athletes. If teens begin to train too hard, the elements of the triad can surface, which can have dangerous consequences on girl’s bodies.

Timothy Neal, a researcher with the athletic training program at Concordia University in Ann Arbor Michigan states:

“It has been my experience that coaches, parents, pediatricians and family practice physicians are not experienced in caring for athletes, and athletes themselves are not aware of the health risks unique to the triad for female athletes. Parents, athletes, pediatricians, coaches and certified athletic trainers should be aware of signs and symptoms of eating disorders, including those athletes who display signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, anger, isolation, and other behaviors that may indicate a mental health disorder.”

Be Aware of Your Body

Being aware of your body and the signals it’s giving you is an important part of staying healthy. Teen’s and parents should be aware of the risks low-calorie intake and excessive exercise can have on the body physically and emotionally. If your worried your teen is suffering from eating disorders in teen athletes, there are programs that can help.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with teen depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East handles social media addiction, please call 828-484-9946!

 

Childhood Obesity and the Urge for Change 

Childhood Obesity and the Urge for Change  150 150 se_admin

As a parent, getting your child to eat healthy and be active can be difficult. Some youth find the act of being healthy a chore, and often fight parents on doing it. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, obesity most often develops from ages 5 to 6 or during the teen years, and studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult. A recent article by the New York Times discusses the significant health risks childhood obesity has on youth.

Effects of Childhood Obesity

Life-threatening conditions like heart disease, cancer, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are more commonly heard of effecting adults, but they can also be consequences of childhood obesity. Two new studies, conducted on over half a million children, linked a childhood obesity to an increased risk of developing colon cancer and suffering from an early stroke as adults.

When is Your Child Considered Obese

Children are generally considered obese when their B.M.I. is at or above the 95th percentile for others of the same age and sex. Currently, one-third of American children are overweight or suffering with childhood obesity. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 18 percent of children and 21 percent of adolescents were dealing with childhood obesity.

Studies on Childhood Obesity

Many people assume that children dealing with childhood obesity won’t see the effects of major health risks until later in life, if they still struggle with obesity. But studies have shown that childhood obesity starts to effect youth early on. Dr. Stephen R. Daniels, a pediatrician at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital in Denver, found that problems in many organ systems were often apparent long before adulthood. They include high blood pressure; insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes; heart-damage and high levels of cholesterol; liver disease; obstructive sleep apnea; asthma; and excess stress on the musculoskeletal system resulting in abnormal bone development, knee and hip pain, and difficulty walking.

Youth suffering from childhood obesity are also at a greater risk for developing mental health issues. Obese adolescents have higher rates of depression, which in itself can foster poor eating and exercise patterns that add to their weight issues. They’re also more likely to have poor body image and self-esteem.

Urge for Change

This information reveals the critical importance on promoting healthy eating habits and exercise patterns in all youth. Parents should encourage children to be active and make healthy decisions, without labeling them as overweight or obese. Commenting on kid’s weight can actually harm their self-esteem, increasing their unhealthy habits. It is important that parents encourage kids by changing their environment and creating opportunities for them to be active.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with teen depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East handles social media addiction, please call 828-484-9946!

Teen Anxiety: More Common in Young Women

Teen Anxiety: More Common in Young Women 150 150 se_admin

Research Suggests That Women Are More Likely to Experience Teen Anxiety

Teen anxiety disorders can make life extremely difficult for individuals. Typical symptoms of teen anxiety disorder include increased worrying, tension, tiredness, and fear. These symptoms in teens often prevent them from living normal lives and keeping up with their everyday routines. It can be detrimental to their success in school and on their relationships with their peers. Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorder present within the general population. The CDC estimates that the lifetime prevalence of teen anxiety and other anxiety disorders is more than 15 percent. A recent article by Medical News Today, states that a review of previous research has found that teen anxiety is more common in young women.

The Research

Researchers led by the University of Cambridge, examined the findings of 48 reviews of anxiety studies. The reviews included content on the development of teen anxiety, anxiety in relation to addiction, and anxiety related to other health conditions like cancer and heart disease. On top of this, the reviews also looked at anxiety in different settings, including clinical, community, and different places around the globe.

Conclusion

According to the reviews, the group of people who were most affected by teen anxiety and other anxiety disorders were young women and people with other health conditions. Around 4 in every 100 people overall are reported to experience a form of anxiety. The United States has one of the highest rates of anxiety in the world. While anxiety disorders are a growing area of interest for research, there are limitations on what existing research is present. Select groups are underrepresented in reviews that the researchers looked at. Even with a reasonably large number of studies of anxiety disorder, data about marginalized groups is hard to find. These are the people who are likely to be at a greater risk than the general population.

By identifying these gaps, future research can be directed towards marginalized groups and include greater understanding of how findings can help reduce individual and population burdens brought on by teen anxiety or other anxiety disorders. It is important to understand how common teen anxiety and other anxiety disorders are and which groups of people are at a greater risk.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with teen depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East handles social media addiction, please call 828-484-9946!

Eating Disorder Behaviors

Eating Disorder Behaviors 150 150 se_admin

A General Understanding of Eating Disorder Behaviors

When people envision someone with eating disorder behaviors, the most common image is of a young, thin, Caucasian female. But the reality is that anyone can be struggling with eating disorder behaviors, including your brother, best friend, father, or mother. Eating disorder behaviors do not differentiate based on gender, age, social status, body size, race, or ethnicity. While anyone can have an eating disorder, girls often struggle with stereotypical expectations from their peers to be skinny, voluptuous, and beautiful. They are life-threatening mental illnesses and are often highly misunderstood. An article by Psychology Today discusses how to recognize eating disorder behaviors.

How We Judge the Conditions of an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are one of the few mental illnesses where we base an individual’s level of suffering on their physical appearance. But what people often forget is that eating disorder behaviors can have drastic mental and physical consequences on individuals who show no physical signs of an eating disorder. Many people with eating disorder behaviors appear to meet our societal standard of healthy or may even be considered overweight. Eating disorder behaviors are considered characteristics of mental illnesses, and should never be determined based on someone’s weight.

The Misconceptions

It the misconceptions and stigmas that are contributing to the lack of understanding about what eating disorder behaviors are. The myth that you can tell someone has an eating disorder based on their appearance can be detrimental to those who don’t fit that stereotypical mold. Individuals with eating disorder behaviors may not seek treatment, receive support, or could remain in denial about their illness because they think there is a specific “look” for having an eating disorder. Eating disorders can appear in people of all sizes. Our society frequently considers skinny individuals who compulsively exercise and have restrictive behaviors to be sick. Yet, when an overweight person does the same they are encouraged for working on their physical well-being. Eating disorder behaviors can be deadly, but with the right treatment options people can gain the support and recovery they need.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with teen depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East handles disordered eating, please call 828-484-9946!

Trauma Treatment: Don’t Let Memories Haunt You

Trauma Treatment: Don’t Let Memories Haunt You 150 150 se_admin

Avoid Memory Distorting Through Trauma Treatment

Our memories represent our paths through life that have made us who we are. They are an essential part of shaping our personality, emotions, and relationships.

While our memories are not perfect reconstructions of our past, they provide us with an understanding of our life, personal history and growth.Unfortunately, there are times in our lives when we experience a traumatic event and need to seek trauma treatment. Experiencing a traumatic event can be detrimental to a person’s mental well-being. They often haunt our memories, making it difficult to live a happy and healthy life. A recent article by Psychology Today explains memory distorting and how it can increase post-traumatic stress and create poor mental health.

Memory Distortion

Processing traumatic events can lead to actively imagining new details or experiencing intrusive thoughts. This can then lead to developing a familiarity to new details which becomes so dominate people begin to recognize them as a part of their own genuine memory. In result to this, people often end up experiencing a growth in traumatic memories. This is memory distortion. Talking about trauma through trauma treatment can reduce memory distortion.

Ph.D. Nathan Lents states that “traumatic memory distortion appears to follow a particular pattern: people tend to remember experiencing even more trauma than they actually did. Due to this, it can result to a greater severity of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” Over-remembered trauma can be a hindrance on a person’s life. Without trauma treatment, it is suggested to lead to a decrease in mental health.

The Theory Behind PTSD and Memory Distortion

Psychology Today believes that PTSD memory distortion may be caused by a flood of emotion and cognitive disagreement that evolve from traumatic events. This flood of emotions overloads the brains processing center necessary to stimulate memory formation. Without the brains ability to create this distinct stimulation, the brain attempts to close the gap with additional elements, real or imagined. If you are suffering from a recent trauma, there are multiple trauma treatments available to help.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with anxiety, trauma, depression, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.

For more information about Solstice East, please call 828-484-9946!

A dangerous sadness: Symptoms of teen depression

A dangerous sadness: Symptoms of teen depression 150 150 se_admin

When teens lock themselves away in their rooms, it can be hard to tell if they’re just expressing teen angst or something far more serious. When it is something serious, it’s important to take immediate action. Teen depression occurs in about 20 percent of the teen population before they become adults. Knowing the signs and symptoms of teen depression could save your teen’s life. 1.8 million teens have thought about committing suicide at their worst or most recent period of depression. By helping your teen now, you could potentially save their life.

Signs and symptoms of teen depression

Symptoms of teen depression may be difficult to perceive in teens because of their naturally changing moods. However, here are a few clear emotional and behavioral signs of teen depression to watch out for:

Emotional symptoms:

  • Sadness, including frequent unexplained crying spells
  • Not interested in pleasurable activities
  • Feeling that life and the future is grim and bleak
  • Irritability and anger over small issues
  • Conflict with family and friends
  • Not interested in the lives of others
  • Often thinks about death and suicide

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Fatigue, or low energy
  • Increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Unable to sit still, or generally agitated
  • Poor school performance
  • Risky, dangerous behavior
  • Slowed thinking, body movements or speaking
  • Self harm
  • Sleeping too much or insomnia
  • Not caring about appearance- messy hair, clothes

Reaching out

Talk to your teen about what’s going on in their lives. They may just need someone to talk to. From there, you can determine whether or not this is a serious issue or something they can overcome with time. Either way, it’s best to seek professional help for teen depression. You’re really better safe than sorry when it comes to teen depression.

Solstice East can help

If teen depression is consuming your teen’s life, it may be time to consider other options for them. Solstice East is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18 with a comprehensive, individualized clinical program designed to help your girl’s specific needs. Solstice East seeks to treat the whole person rather than a specific “problem area”, like teen depression.

For more information about Solstice East, please call 828-484-9946.