Preventative Psychiatry for Teen Mental Health

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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 […]

Unique Ways to Support Your Teen’s Interests

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There’s one thing we know about mental health that applies to people of any age, from children to teenagers to full-grown adults: people who are actively engaged in life report high levels of life satisfaction and overall wellbeing. That’s not only true for their mental health, but also true for their physical health. For the […]

Treatment of Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders Improves Social Outcomes During Early Adulthood

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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 […]

Research Report: Study Defines Stages of Engagement in ADHD Treatment 

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Helping Families Navigate the ADHD Treatment Process ADHD is one of the most common behavioral disorders among children and teens in the U.S. Data from the Centers for Disease Control published in 2016 and 2019 show the prevalence of ADHD among children age 3-17 increased between 2003 and 2011, then decreased between 2011 and 2019: […]

Parents of LGBTQ + Teens: A Guide to Terminology and Basic Concepts You Should Know

Learn the Language to Help Stay Connected to Your Child [seriesbox]LGBTQ+ and Transgender Teens: Using a Teen’s Chosen Name Reduces Depression and Suicide Risk I Wish I Were Dead: Why Transgender Teens Present as Suicide Risks and What Parents Can Do Is Gender-Specific Treatment for Teens Necessary or Does It Exclude LBGTQI+ Teens?[/seriesbox]Parenting any teen […]

Would Keeping Cell Phones Out of Schools Help Teens’ Mental Health?

Experts Disagree on the Effect of Cell Phones on Adolescent Mental Health We recently published an article called Why Are Teens Lonelier and More Depressed? that discussed the state of mental health in our adolescent population as of 2021. Evidence from a wide variety of sources shows a marked deterioration in the overall mental health […]

Back-to-School Anxiety for Teens Entering High School

For many teens, finally making it to high school is a dream come true. It’s something they look forward to from the moment they see all the older kids and teenagers having fun and exciting high school adventures in movies and on television. Compared to middle school and elementary school, they see starting high school […]

Helping Teens Return to Structure and School

For most families across the U.S., this past year has been like no other. We all know why: the pandemic. We hope that it’s ending and that most of us are on the verge of returning to life-as-usual. Or perhaps a better way to say it is we’re returning to a new normal. But there’s […]

Academic Pressure from Parents During COVID-19 Did Not Help Teen Mental Health

Pressure to Succeed in School Increased for Some Families During the Pandemic Since last March – March 2020 – parents have read hundreds of headlines about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on teen mental health. The headlines come from everywhere, every angle, and every point of view. From the New York Times to Fox […]

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 […]