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Understanding PTSD in teenagers
  Understanding PTSD in teenagers
Posted inPTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is most commonly associated with veterans who return from war, but this disorder also affects children, adolescents, women and men who have experienced a traumatic event. The DSM-5 defines PTSD as a traumatic event that has occurred directly to the victim, is witnessed by the victim, or has occurred to a […]

For teens, health isn’t the only risk of addiction
  For teens, health isn’t the only risk of addiction
Posted inAddiction

Addiction’s a disease of the brain. It’s chronic, often requiring a lifetime of treatment to manage, and relapses are common. For some, calling it a disease can sound like a cliché or a way to dodge responsibility, especially if living with an addict in the family has caused frustration and fear — but it’s the […]

5 tips for teens in behavioral health treatment around the holidays
  5 tips for teens in behavioral health treatment around the holidays

The holidays are a stressful time for many. With all the preparation leading up to family gatherings, it is common for people to struggle with anxiety or depression. For a teenager going into or continuing behavioral health treatment, the stress of the holidays can be intensified. The teenager may feel put on the spot with […]

5 influences on how teens access prescription drugs
  5 influences on how teens access prescription drugs

The abuse of prescription drugs by teens has skyrocketed recently. Every day in the U.S., 2,500 teens ages 12 to 17 abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. Users may be given the medications by family members or friends, but one of the most common sources is the family medicine cabinet. Parents who […]

Hung out to dry: A teenager’s need for mental health care coverage
  Hung out to dry: A teenager’s need for mental health care coverage

“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself,” wrote Franz Kafka in his short story, “The Metamorphosis.” Similar to the character in this story, many teens struggle with mental illness and are denied the proper care they need; proverbially leaving them […]

5 important facts to know about Child Protective Services
  5 important facts to know about Child Protective Services
Posted inAdolescents

Parents with mental health and/or addiction problems may have difficulty maintaining a safe and nurturing environment or providing for their children’s needs. Substance use and mental health disorders are both recognized as risk factors for child abuse and neglect, and involvement in the child welfare system. Some states have established child protection laws that address […]

Raising kids to cope: A guide for building resilience
  Raising kids to cope: A guide for building resilience

For teenagers today, there is an exponentially higher need to succeed. As high school class sizes continue to increase, the competition to get accepted into a well-respected college and enter a stable career rises as well. This pervasive pressure weighs adolescents down and can significantly influence the developing brain. If left unaddressed, chronic stress can […]

Teen triggers around the holidays: How teen stress can lead to relapse during the holiday season
  Teen triggers around the holidays: How teen stress can lead to relapse during the holiday season
Posted instress

There is a wide array of stimuli that can negatively affect an adolescent’s mental state at the end of the year. Especially for those recovering from substance abuse or addiction, these detrimental ingredients can boil up during the winter months and eventually erupt at times of celebration. To ensure a happy holiday and reduce the […]

Teenagers, relationships and the bottle makes three
  Teenagers, relationships and the bottle makes three

Billy assumed that his friends only wanted to talk to him, to complain about him “being whipped,” ever since he began seeing Jessica; how he has spent less time with his friends and more time with her. However, his friends were more concerned with his increased drinking habits and substance abuse at parties. Billy’s friends […]

Not just a phase: Teen substance abuse and mental health disorders
  Not just a phase: Teen substance abuse and mental health disorders

The old adage, wounds heal and scars fade, rings true for people of all ages dealing with physical or mental pain. Teenagers may be spry and full of youth but are not immune to pain. Teens who never receive proper treatment for substance abuse or mental health issues, may continue an endless cycle of pain, […]

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