Category Archives: Anxiety & Mood Disorders

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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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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Teen Mental Health Treatment in California: High School Programs for Mental Health Support

It’s been two years since officials issued the first shelter-in-place orders in California. Schools went virtual, businesses adapted to the new circumstances, and everyone wondered how long the pandemic would last and what the consequences would be. Adolescent development experts and mental health professionals warned the public health safety and COVID-19 mitigation measures would have […]

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Hope In Recovery: Good News for Teens in Depression Treatment

We have some good news for teens in depression treatment. It works. Three New Studies Show Treatment is Headed in the Right Direction When we read about mental health issues in the news these days, almost everything we encounter is negative. Headline and stories are filled with dire warnings about the precarious state of teen […]

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Gaps in Options for Outpatient Treatment for Adolescent Depression

Expanded Access Needed in Rural Areas and for Low-Income Families In the post-pandemic 21st century, most parents of teenagers know the state of mental health among adolescents in the U.S. is at a crossroads. Some experts say our teens are in crisis or call our current situation a bona-fide emergency. Crisis, emergency, or longstanding problem […]

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Physical Exercise in the Treatment of Adolescents with Depression

Can Exercise Really Reduce Symptoms of Depression in Teens? The short answer: yes. Over the past twenty years, our awareness of the benefits of exercise has increased dramatically. Of course, before the recent revolution in self-care, mindfulness, and the scores of peer-reviewed scientific studies documenting the benefits of exercise, we knew that exercise was good […]

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Teen Rumination: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Depression

Teen Rumination Can Lead to and Exacerbate Depression Depression is a mental health disorder the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (5th Edition) defines as a mood disorder, which is a class of disorder used to describe all the various subtypes of depression and bipolar disorders. Among depressive disorders, the DSM-V identifies nine […]

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Outpatient Treatment for Adolescent Depression

How Effective Is ACT In Outpatient Treatment for Teens With Depression? Adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) often resist treatment. They may resist because of the stigma attached to being diagnosed with a mental health disorder, or the misunderstandings around teen depression treatment. They may fear their diagnosis and not want to believe they […]

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