Category Archives: Trauma

What is Indirect/Vicarious Trauma and How Does It Develop in Teens?

Hearing about a horrific tragedy that has occurred or is occurring can sometimes result in symptoms of trauma – even for people who weren’t directly involved in the event. This concept is known as indirect trauma. If this has happened to you, you know that traumatic symptoms can develop immediately after you hear the news, […]

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The Best Options for Mental Health Treatment in Los Angeles

Mental Health Treatment Helps Teens Become The Best Version of Themselves The past year has been eventful, to say the least. The events started early. The early spring brought the pandemic. The summer brought months of protests around racial and social justice. The fall brought the national elections, followed by upheaval around various election-related events […]

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Does My Teen Have Paranoia?

What Clinical Paranoia Looks Like in Teens Your teenage son mutters about people following him. He says everyone is against him. Your teenage daughter is suspicious about friends and family. She insists people spy on her. Are they clinically paranoid? Do they have schizophrenia? Is it severe anxiety? Or is it nothing to worry about? […]

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What Is Emotional Dysregulation in Teens?

Emotional Dysregulation, Mental Health Disorders, and the Role of Treatment If you’re the parent of a teenager, you probably have direct, experiential knowledge of the ups and downs of their emotional life. And since you were once a teenager and lived through adolescence yourself, you can think back to what your emotional life was like […]

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Intergenerational Trauma: How Parents’ Childhoods Can Impact Their Kids

Parents pass down all kinds of traits to their children, from hair and eye color to freckles. Research shows they might also pass down the trauma of their own childhood. Early life experiences, such as neglect and abuse, can impact the structure and function of the brain. The effects of these experiences can appear in […]

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Behavioral Health Treatment Centers Help Teens Overcome Trauma

The word trauma gets tossed around a lot in contemporary informal speech. When something bad happens to us, we say things like: “That was traumatic.” or “I was totally traumatized.” And quite often, we mean it. We have a bad experience and it has a negative emotional impact on us. Maybe we had a near-miss […]

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What Is Medical Trauma in Teens? 

You’ve heard of trauma. And you know all about medical illness. But have you heard of medical trauma? Medical trauma occurs after someone undergoes a serious medical procedure or illness. Teens diagnosed with chronic or terminal illnesses may struggle with medical trauma, as can those with life-threatening injuries or surgeries. Research shows, for example, that […]

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April is Stress Awareness Month: What is Toxic Stress?

Each year during Stress Awareness Month, we publish a series of articles about stress. We talk about what it is, why we experience it, and what we can do about it. We also offer statistics on the prevalence of stress in our communities and advice on how to handle stress that becomes chronic, toxic, or […]

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