Category Archives: Parents

The Roles We Play: Family Therapy and Teen Substance Use Disorder

If your teen receives a diagnosis for a substance use disorder, the diagnosing clinician will most likely recommend treatment at one of the following levels of care: Residential Treatment Center (RTC) Teens with severe substance use disorder who are not stable at home and cannot participate in school life may need the full support of […]

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Does Social Contagion Cause Teens to Identify as Transgender?

News stations have spent the last few years stoking debates about transgender individuals. From transgender people enlisting in the military to whether transgender people should be allowed to play sports to which restroom transgender people should use, the small but substantial portion of the population has faced intense public scrutiny from every direction. An estimated […]

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Preventative Psychiatry for Teen Mental Health

Teen mental health is a primary concern in our society right now. The pandemic significantly disrupted the end of the 2019-2020 school year and the entire 2020-2021 school year. So far, the 2021-2022 school year – fingers crossed – appears to be a return to our regularly scheduled programming. Or, at very least, most high […]

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Get to Know Your Teen: What Are They Watching on TV?

Your teenager has access to an astounding number of television shows today. And if the hundreds of channels on cable television weren’t enough already, the rise of streaming services over the last few years expanded their options to an almost unimaginable extent. You could spend your entire life watching TV shows and never scratch the […]

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Get to Know Your Teen: What is Twitch?

Video games today are not what they were 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. Parents used to insist they were a waste of time and that kids needed to get outside and quit spending afternoons in front of a screen. But today the video game industry is worth more than $138 billion and continues […]

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Get to Know Your Teen: What is Discord?

Chat platforms have been an online staple since the advent of the World Wide Web. America Online Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger, and Microsoft Chat were some of the first household instant messaging programs. They paved the way for the ubiquity of live chat today, from private messages with friends to receiving customer support on […]

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Why Won’t My Teen Come to Me for Advice?

Tips on Building Trust With Your Teen A funny thing happens during pre-adolescence. This isn’t true for all kids, but for most. One day they’re all talk. Chitter-chatter about this, that, and the other thing. From the moment you pick them up from school or they get home from the bus stop to the moment […]

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How Stress Affects the Adolescent Brain

For centuries, our practice of medicine and understanding of disease was limited by one simple factor: we couldn’t look inside the human body. When pioneers began peering inside the human body, that always happened after a person was deceased – and that practice itself was considered heresy by the dominant powers of the time. Fast […]

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How Teens Use Social Media and Digital Technology in 2022

When a former Facebook employee testified before Congress in 2021, their testimony led to an avalanche of news stories across media platforms about the dangers of social media to teen mental health. The employee testified that Facebook – more specifically Instagram – intentionally withheld internal data about the harm social media use causes teens. This […]

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Brain Fingerprinting Might Predict Mental Health Problems

Millions of people in the United States live with mental health disorders. About 21 percent of adults in the U.S. – that’s 52.9 million people – had a mental illness in the last year. Some have manageable conditions and can function in daily life. Others experience severe symptoms which limit their ability to navigate and […]

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