Category Archives: Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Is a Psychiatric Hospital the Right Choice for Teens With Depression?

How Much Support Does My Child Need? When your teenager receives a diagnosis for a mood disorder like depression – known by mental health disorder as major depressive disorder – the first thing you want to know is what you should do. Do you listen to the people who say mental health disorders are all […]

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When to Seek Help for a Depressed Teenager

Does My Adolescent Need Treatment for Depression? The teenage years present problems for parents on virtually every level imaginable. With the arrival of puberty – when physical and sexual characteristics mature – children enter a period of psychological, emotional, and behavioral change. This period between childhood and adulthood is known as adolescence. Adolescence is, by […]

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Social Media Can Lead to Anxiety in Teens

Can Anxiety Be a Sign of Bipolar Disorder? Adults with teenage children have a tendency to blame social media for every behavior they don’t like to see in their teens. They cite excess social media use for changes in the way their kids dress and talk. They say it leads to changes in their interests […]

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Family Dynamic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people physically, emotionally, and financially. New research shows it also has had a detrimental impact on the family unit. A study from Penn State shows a heavy impact on family well-being during the first few months of the pandemic. Researchers used data from 129 families they began gathering years ago, […]

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OCD Treatment for Youth: Current Standards in Psychiatric Care

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy + Medication are Standard Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Youth Here’s something anyone reading this article – teens, parents, therapists, interested members of the public – should understand about OCD: Treatment for OCD works and can improve quality of life and overall wellbeing for anyone with OCD. With that said, we’ll offer […]

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The Tipping Point: When Stress Pushes a Teen Toward an Anxiety Disorder

How to Recognize Anxiety and Reduce Stress in Anxious Teens Everyone knows about stress. Adults, teenagers, and children experience stress. Most of us understand that stress is an unavoidable part of life. Most of us also understand stress is not always negative. Stress can play a positive role in our lives. Stress leads to adaptation, […]

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How do Residential Treatment Centers Help Teens with OCD?

Intensive Treatment Helps Teens With Treatment-Resistant Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a neurological disorder that can range from mild to severe. Mild OCD is uncomfortable and may be disruptive, but typically responds well to professional treatment and support. Severe OCD, on the other hand, was once classified by the World Health Organization as […]

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Are Psychiatric Treatment Centers the Best Option for Your Troubled Teen?

How Do You Know if Your Troubled Teen Needs Psychiatric Treatment? The teenage years can be challenging for teens and parents alike. Adolescence is a time of radical transformation in virtually every area of a teenager’s life. Without going into extensive detail in each of these categories, we’ll review the major changes that occur for […]

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Anger, Impulsivity, Sleep, and Teens: The Serotonin Connection

Serotonin Affects Impulsivity, Uncontrollable Anger, and Sleep in Teens Everyone gets angry. Everyone has impulses. And everyone knows that without adequate sleep, they’re more likely to be irritable, snappy, and reactive. When we’re snappy and reactive, the systems in our brain that regulate impulses and moderate anger aren’t functioning properly. In that way, when we’re […]

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The Best Options for Mental Health Treatment in Los Angeles

Mental Health Treatment Helps Teens Become The Best Version of Themselves The past year has been eventful, to say the least. The events started early. The early spring brought the pandemic. The summer brought months of protests around racial and social justice. The fall brought the national elections, followed by upheaval around various election-related events […]

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