Category Archives: Suicidal Ideation & Self-Harm

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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Effectiveness of Outpatient Treatment for Suicidal Adolescents

Are Outpatient Treatment Programs for Suicidal Teens Safe and Effective? Suicide has become a serious problem among adolescents and young adults in the United States. Suicide is one of a cluster of behaviors that have increased over the past twenty years. When mental health professionals talk about suicide as a teen health crisis, they include […]

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Effective Outpatient Treatment in Preventing Adolescent Suicide and Self-Harm

What Type of Outpatient Treatment Works Best? In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an astonishing report. That year, suicide became the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24. Then, in 2017, they revised that finding to define suicide as the second leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19. For […]

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DBT More Effective in Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Lasting Effect, Less Time to Symptom Reduction A random controlled trial (RCT) called “Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents With Repeated Suicidal and Self-harming Behavior: A Randomized Trial” examined the effect of a short-term DBT treatment program designed for adolescents (DBT-A) on self-harming behavior, suicidal ideation, and depressive symptoms. Researchers compared the […]

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

New Insight on Trajectories for Adolescents With BPD 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 can lead to inappropriate and potentially […]

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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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Risk of Suicide in Teens with Borderline Personality Disorder

Treatment for Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder Can Reduce Symptom Severity Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most challenging and disruptive mental health disorders humans experience. This is true for the people who develop BPD as well as their friends, families, loved ones, and the mental health professionals who treat them. For decades, members […]

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Increase in Suicide Deaths among Adolescents: Did Boxed Warnings on Depression Medication Lead to Missed Diagnoses of Serious Depression and Suicide Risk?

Researchers: FDA Warnings Associated With Decreases in Treatment Teen mental health is everywhere in the news right now. There’s one aspect of teen mental health dominating the headlines: the increase in teen suicide risk and suicide deaths. It’s not a new story. Between 2007 and 2018, teen suicide rates increased almost sixty percent. In 2014, […]

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