Category Archives: Parents

Why is My Teen Cutting?

Does Cutting Mean My Teen Wants to Commit Suicide? If you recently discovered your teen engages in self-harming behavior, we’re sure your first question is a short version of the title of this article: “Why?” We understand. Most people who learn about cutting – especially when one of their children cuts – are confused and […]

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A Letter to Parents with a Depressed Teenage Boy

Dear Mom and Dad, Depressed. It’s probably not the first word you thought you’d associate with your teenage boy. And yet, identifying your son’s symptoms may save his life. For weeks he’s been irritable and more aggressive than usual. Maybe he struggles with other challenges that weigh heavily on you both. Let’s Be Honest About […]

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Don’t Ignore the Subtle Signs of Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior

Take Passive and Active Suicidal Ideation Seriously When you have a teenager, one thing you have to learn to handle is the drama. If you can remember back to your teen years, you may remember that everything in your life seemed like a big deal. The new romantic interest. The breakup in your friend group. […]

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The Latest Evidence on How the Pandemic Impacted Teens with OCD

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, mental health experts sounded an alarm. They warned that the pandemic would have a significant negative impact on the mental health of everyone in the country. Adolescent mental health experts warned that it wasn’t only the pandemic itself that would have negative consequences. They worried […]

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Why Do Teens Get High?

Adolescence: Novelty Seeking, Identity Formation, Social Networks  Parents know teens experiment with drinking and drugs during adolescence. The most common drugs teens try during high school are alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco – in that order – although marijuana and tobacco are almost tied, percentage-wise, for the second most commonly used drug among teens during their […]

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Teen Treatment for Mental Health: A Guide to Terminology

Helping Your Teen: How to Understand the Language of Teen Mental Health Treatment Over the past twenty years, trends in data on teen mental health show that prevalence rates increased for teens age 12-17 for all the most common mental health, behavioral, and addiction disorders. Experts in adolescent mental health called this both an emergency […]

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Does My Teen Need Outpatient or Inpatient Treatment for Depression?

The Difference Between Teen Inpatient Treatment and Teen Outpatient Treatment Depression in teens comes in many forms. Some teens have mild depression. Their symptoms are uncomfortable, disruptive, and the emotions they experience are difficult to process without help. These teens most often participate in outpatient treatment, which means they go to a psychiatrist, counselor, or […]

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Behavioral Treatment Centers for Youth

What is a Teen Behavioral Health Treatment Center? Behavioral health, as a general term, means how the things you do affect your physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing. The term applies to medical conditions most people think of as purely physical in nature, but have behavioral components. Diabetes is a perfect example. It also applies to […]

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