Category Archives: Parenting

New Directions: The Lived Experience of Self-Harm in Teenage Girls

Understanding the Intricacies of Self-Harm in Teen Girls For people who have never engaged in self-harm, the behavior is difficult to understand. When a parent learns their teenage child engages in self-harm, their first response is most often shock. Quickly followed by fear and worry. Anger may be part of the mix, too. A parent […]

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Fatal Adolescent Drug Overdose: New Report Shows Alarming Trend

Fentanyl-Involved Deaths Drive Increase If you read or follow national news at all, you know that for the past decade, the nation has been in the grip of what’s called the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis – or the opioid epidemic, as it is also called – actually began over twenty years ago, around 1999, […]

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Is Your Teen Developing a Gambling Problem?

Problem Gambling Among Adolescents When parents think of the behavioral, mental health, or emotional disorders their children might experience or develop during adolescence, a gambling addiction or disorder typically isn’t at the top of their what should I worry about? checklist. During this pandemic era, most parents have their attention on the mental health issues […]

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Intimate Partner Abuse and Teen Dating Violence Risk Factors and Interventions

Expanding Our Understanding of Dating Abuse and Violence In an article called “INTIMATE PARTNER SEXUAL ABUSE:  Who Are the Victims, What Are the Risks? Adults, Teens, and Children” published in the judicial periodical The Judge’s Journal last year, author Lynn Hecht Shafran addresses a serious problem in our society: sexual violence between people who are […]

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Rumination-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Depression

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 […]

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Teen Bullying and Psychosomatic Symptoms: The Impact of Parent Support

A Focus on the Father-Child Relationship Bullying is an unfortunate part of growing up. Almost all kids encounter bullying at some point during their lives. It may start as early as kindergarten, preschool, or grade school, but in most cases, bullying starts in middle school and continues through the high school years. Evidence shows kids […]

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Risk of Suicide in BPD Teens with Prior Suicide Attempts

What Increases Risk of Subsequent Suicide Attempts in Teens with BPD? Over the past two years, we’ve published several articles on borderline personality disorder in teens. Our primary objective in all of these articles is to help parents of teens with BPD and teens with BPD learn as much as they can about the disorder. […]

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Social Media, Minors, and Sexual Assault

Does Social Media Use Increase Risk for Adolescent Girls? Over the past twenty years, the internet has changed life for everyone in ways that are too numerous to list. In the 21st century, we’re connected to one another digitally, through the human-centered internet. We use social media and internet-based direct messaging apps and other systems. […]

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Is Your Teen Resilient? Can You Train Resilience?

Building Resilience in Adolescents During the Extended Pandemic The past two years have tested us all in ways in which we never could have predicted. We’ve all faced adversity before. Maybe not all of us, but let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that we all have. As adults, we face things like how to […]

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