Category Archives: Treatment Trends & News

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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Hope In Recovery: Good News for Teens in Depression Treatment

Three New Studies Show Treatment is Headed in the Right Direction When we read about mental health issues in the news these days, almost everything we encounter is negative. Headline and stories are filled with dire warnings about the precarious state of teen mental health in 2022. Troubling trends in the prevalence of depression and […]

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Do Psychiatric Medications Prescribed During Adolescence Increase Risk of Substance Abuse Later in Life?

Psychopharmacological Treatment and Substance Use: New Evidence from Long Range Studies Parents of teenagers diagnosed with mental health disorders know that the contemporary, 21st century approach to mental health treatment for adolescents – with some variation, of course – has three primary components: Talk therapy, a.k.a. psychotherapy. Depending on the disorder, this includes: Cognitive behavioral […]

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Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Do Teens With SUD Grow Out of It? On June 9th, 2020, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTS) released a Recommendation Statement in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) directed toward primary care providers about screening patients for unhealthy drug use. For those who haven’t heard of the USPSTS, don’t worry. […]

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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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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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Gaps in Options for Outpatient Treatment for Adolescent Depression

Expanded Access Needed in Rural Areas and for Low-Income Families In the post-pandemic 21st century, most parents of teenagers know the state of mental health among adolescents in the U.S. is at a crossroads. Some experts say our teens are in crisis or call our current situation a bona-fide emergency. Crisis, emergency, or longstanding problem […]

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Telehealth for Teens: “Showing Up is Half the Battle”

Virtual Care Works – But You Have to Be There When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the U.S. in early 2020, things changed for almost all high school students across the country. We all watched as cities in California went first. They issued shelter-in-place orders and their schools switched to virtual learning over a matter […]

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Why Do Teens Drop Out of Outpatient Treatment?

Factors That Affect Early Exit from Adolescent Mental Health Treatment In the 21st century, we know a lot about mental health disorders. We know far more now than we did, for instance, in the 1980s. Research that began in the 70s, continued though the 80s and 90s, and reached clinicians and patients in the early […]

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Physical Exercise in the Treatment of Adolescents with Depression

Can Exercise Really Reduce Symptoms of Depression in Teens? The short answer: yes. Over the past twenty years, our awareness of the benefits of exercise has increased dramatically. Of course, before the recent revolution in self-care, mindfulness, and the scores of peer-reviewed scientific studies documenting the benefits of exercise, we knew that exercise was good […]

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