Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, has been studying the brain for over 20 years. His unique focus has been exploring the effects of meditation and mindfulness on the brain, and he has come to recognize that meditation and mindful awareness can alter brain function, mental activity, and interpersonal relationships. His research and extensive books and articles on the brain, has led to providing easy to understand descriptions of difficult scientific concepts about the brain. Read more!
It’s so easy to forget about mental health. Often, our attention is focused on the physical that we forget about the health of the interior, such as a teen’s emotions, thoughts, beliefs, dreams, and reactions to experiences. As long as your adolescent looks like he or she is doing okay, it’s easy to conclude that he or she is fine. Read more!
The amount of stress that comes with high school can be overwhelming. It sometimes requires your will and determination to manage the demands placed on you by friends, parents, and teachers, not to mention your own self-imposed expectations. When you’re feeling a high level of stress, remember that not all stress is working against you.
Although stress is the number one cause of physical illness, it’s important to keep in mind that a certain level of stress is needed to actually promote health and well-being. For example, having some stress can motivate you to study for an exam. Feeling the pressure of getting into a good college might encourage you to fill out college applications. The strong desire to have a date for the party this weekend might prompt you to ask a girl out. Read more!
A recent survey of 496 adolescent girls indicated that more than 12 percent experienced some form of eating disorder by the time they were 20. Although not all teen eating disorders include the symptom of repeated binge eating, it is an indication, like the other symptoms of eating disorders, that there is a disturbed relationship to food. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of teen eating disorders at this site. Read more!
Adolescent Self-Harm Disorder is most often categorized as an Impulse-Control Disorder or an Addictive Behavior, characterized by adolescents showing repetitive behaviors of cutting, burning, or harming themselves in other ways. Adolescent Self-Harm Treatment works to help uncover and identify the underlying stresses and conflicts present in the adolescents’ lives that are causing these harmful behaviors; work with adolescents to re-establish a sense of self-worth, while abolishing harmful false belief systems; and teach new healthy behaviors and stress coping mechanisms to adolescents to implement in the future. Read more!
Psychotherapists report that depression is the most common mental illness that they see in their practice. Despite this, there is still question about the most effective ways to treat depression. Specifically, what are the best ways to encourage a depressed teen towards recognizing dysfunctional thoughts, regulating their emotions, and finding hope long enough to move through depression into a lasting sense of happiness? Read more!
It’s true that electroconvulsive therapy has received a poor reputation, for good reason. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) formerly known as electroshock, gained widespread popularity among psychiatrists in the 1940’s and 1960’s. However, it appeared to be a crude form of treatment, producing horrifying muscle jolts, crackling noises, and pain.
Since then, this form of therapy has evolved. Today, it is done under anesthesia and considered to be one of the safer methods to treat severe cases of depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and other forms of mental illness, particularly mood disorders. Read more!
There has been an increase in youth suicide in recent years, including suicides and suicidal ideation among gifted adolescents. Although there is no direct evidence linking suicide with the unique population of these children, many researchers in the mental health field are beginning to explore this connection and recognize that additional research is needed.
It is only recently that mental health professionals are becoming more aware of the unique psychological and emotional concerns of gifted children and teens compared to non-gifted children. Some of the specific impairments that a gifted teen might experience include: Read more!
Everyone, regardless of whether they have a mental illness, needs to learn to manage their strengths and weaknesses. However, with a mental illness, weaknesses might be a bit heftier to contend with.
With teen Attention Deficit Disorder, there are typical symptoms that an adolescent experiences that can begin to get in the way of functioning well as school. In fact, when a teen starts to show signs of impairment in their academic activities, often ADD is explored as a diagnosis. It is common to diagnose children with behavioral concerns with teen Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, which is essentially ADD with hyperactivity added in the list of symptoms. Because ADD teens do not typically display hyperactivity, their symptoms are not usually recognized until later in adolescence when academic responsibilities increase. Read more!
There are many benefits to group therapy. It is a form of support that is unlike traditional psychotherapy in that the stories of others in the group become a significant form of support.
Group therapy includes the presence of a therapist, psychologist, social worker or other mental health professional who is facilitating the group experience. Also in the room are others who are all experiencing the same diagnosis or life problem. For instance, adults who were sexually abused as children might make up a group in therapy. Typically, everyone in the room, aside from the therapist, is experiencing the same life challenge. Group therapy for teens with Bipolar Disorder can be incredibly supportive and healing. Read more!