Category Archives: Suicidal Ideation & Self-Harm

My Teen is Suicidal: Is it Safe to Go to the Hospital During COVID-19?

If you’re the parent of a teen living with mental health or addiction issues, COVID-19 is probably especially difficult. With no real school or extracurricular activities to keep your teen busy, and limited opportunities for socializing or to even getting out of the house, teens with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, self-injurious behavior, […]

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Help! My Teen is Self-Harming During Coronavirus

COVID-19 has many parents of teens confused. Especially parents of teens with mental health issues. If you’re a parent in that category, you might have thought living under the same roof as your adolescent would decrease the severity of their emotional, behavioral, or substance use issues. After all, you wake up together, eat together, and […]

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COVID-19: How Isolation Can Be Dangerous for At-Risk Teens

Medical experts from around the world have one unanimous message for everyone during the coronavirus pandemic: stay home. Most cities and states in the U.S. have issued strict shelter-in-place orders, intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. Rallying cries of “stay home, save lives” and “flatten the curve” scroll across news feeds everywhere. While isolation […]

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Research Report: Teens Who Self-Harm Often Learn from Friends

If you have a teen who harms themselves intentionally – a behavior called non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) by mental health professionals – you might feel confused, helpless, and hopeless. It’s disturbing to realize your adolescent is hurting themselves on purpose. It’s even more painful to realize there’s not much you can do to control it, short […]

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March Is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Awareness Month

Each year during the month of March, advocates join to raise awareness about the phenomenon of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Physicians and mental health professionals may refer to NSSI as self-injury (SI), self-harm (SH), deliberate self-harm (DSH), and self-mutilation (SM).  Informally, NSSI is known as cutting. The purpose of this article is to participate in this […]

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New Study Confirms DBT Effective Treatment for Teens who Self-Harm

A study published last July in the American Journal of Public Health revealed a troubling set of statistics about the prevalence of self-harming behaviors among adolescents in the United States. In a sample set of over 60,000 teens, researchers found that: More than 17% of adolescents reported engaging in self-harming behavior Roughly 11% of adolescent […]

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What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens?

Borderline personality disorder in teens is marked by high levels of impulsivity, repeated self-harming and suicidal attempts, conflicted relationships with others, and high emotional sensitivity and reactivity. But what causes this disorder? Experts can’t point to one single cause of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adolescents. Mental health professionals believe it is caused by several […]

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How To Treat A Teen With Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder in teens is marked by a host of symptoms. There’s emotional instability and extreme bouts of moodiness. Identity issues. Chaotic relationships. Self-harming behavior and suicidal ideation. While many of these issues sound like they’re common in teens, adolescents with borderline personality disorder experience them much more intensely than others. “Their emotions can […]

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Suicide Prevention Month: When It Comes to Suicide, We Can All Save a Life

September is National Suicide Prevention Month in the U.S. In honor of this month, we’ll share resources and highlight ways that everyone can make a difference in the life of a suicidal teen or adult.  If you have a family member or friend who is struggling with depression or another mental health issue, they might […]

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