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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

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 now getting public recognition for the first time, the Surgeon General of the United States

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

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 for you. But we never knew exactly how good it was, on how many levels

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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 subtypes of depressive disorder. DSM-V: Types of Depression Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This is the

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

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 have a real mental health disorder. In some cases, they attempt to ignore their symptoms

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

The Importance of Outpatient Treatment for Adolescents After Discharge from Psychiatric Hospitals

Let’s talk about outpatient treatment for adolescents as a standard for follow-up care after discharge from psychiatric hospitalization. Why Do Teens Need to “Step Down” Through Levels of Care? We’ll preface this article by saying that outpatient treatment is one of the core foundational elements of psychiatric treatment worldwide. In most cases, it’s both the entry point to and exit from treatment for mental health, behavioral, or alcohol/substance use disorders.

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Family Risk Factors in Adolescent Recurrent Depression

Maternal Mental Health and History of Psychiatric Problems When a teen receives a diagnosis for major depressive disorder (MDD), one thing they learn is that recovery from depression is a process. Once they receive a referral for and begin treatment, such as outpatient therapy, virtual outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), partial hospitalization treatment (PHP), or a residential program (RTC), their progress depends on a variety of factors specific to

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Twenty-Year Study Links Childhood Depression to Disrupted Adult Health and Functioning

Early Treatment for Childhood and Teen Depression Can Improve Outcomes A Quick History Lesson Before the 20th century, most adults believed that children didn’t have mental health disorders. Or if they did, they were impossible to diagnose or various reasons, mainly because of the nature of child development. A child’s behavior can change from day to day and month to month. Behaviors common to one phase of development can completely

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Our Changing Understanding of the Course and Outcomes for Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder

What are the latests findings related to adolescent borderline personality and what can a parent do to help their teen? New Insight on Trajectories for Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder Adolescent borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most challenging mental health disorders we know about. For decades, clinicians avoided diagnosing teens with BPD for fear of misinterpreting typical adolescent turmoil as atypical behavior. They feared pathologizing typical behavior, which

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Teen Panic Disorder: How Adolescents Experience Panic Attacks

Teens With Panic Disorder Describe What They Feel Like We’ve all heard of panic attacks. Many of us have had them. But for those of us who haven’t, it’s not obvious how intense and overwhelming they feel. The phrase itself should tell us how serious they are, but it’s been used so much it’s lost real meaning for most people. Think about it. Panic means uncontrollable fear and anxiety. Attack

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Treatment of Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders Improves Social Outcomes During Early Adulthood

Early Treatment Helps Later Employment and Social Engagement When a teenager receives a diagnosis for a mental health, behavioral, or addiction disorder, there are several compelling reasons for their parents to seek professional treatment and support to help them address the disorder. First, our 21st century understanding of mental health disorders teaches us that they’re more like physical disorders than we thought during the latter half of the 20th century.

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