Category Archives: Anxiety & Mood Disorders

My Teen is Counting – Does She Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? The gold standard diagnostic manual for mental and behavioral health disorders, the DSM-V, defines Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as a neurological disorder characterized by obsessions and compulsions that take up at least an hour a day and cause a significant amount of psychological and emotional distress. Statistics show that about one in […]

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Childhood Mental Health and Adult Employment

Childhood Mental Health: Emotional Fundamentals Most adults are well aware that the lessons children learn in their early years lay the foundation for success later in life. That includes educators, parents, and mental health professionals. Whether they’re educated at home, in a public school, or in a private school, a robust amount of early education […]

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Dialing in the Diagnosis: What is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?

Getting the correct diagnosis for your teen is an essential first step if they struggle with emotional, mood, behavioral, and/or substance use disorders. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the go-to, authoritative bible mental health professionals use to identify and diagnose mental disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. It’s a comprehensive […]

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Hope for Bipolar Teens Part II: Silver Linings – Bipolar Disorder and Creativity

Be sure to read Part One: Dialing in the Diagnosis Before we discuss the relationship between bipolar disorder and creativity, we want to be clear that nothing in this article glamorizes or romanticizes bipolar disorder. We work with bipolar patients every day, and we know first-hand living with the disorder can be uncomfortable at best […]

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Hope for Bipolar Teens – Unique Challenges, Bright Futures | Part One: Dialing in the Diagnosis

The teen years are a challenging period for any parent. Adolescence is a time of radical change on almost all levels. Teenagers transform physically, emotionally, and socially. As a parent, it’s easy to get caught on the back foot. It may seem that one moment your child is playing with dinosaur figurines and talking endlessly […]

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