Adopted Teen

In recent years, there has been focus on how the quality of attachment between an infant and a caregiver can affect that infant’s psychological future. For this reason, researchers have begun to look closely at the types of relationships caregivers have with their children and how that plays a significant role in that child’s later life.

Research on this subject began in the 1940’s when psychiatrist John Bowlby was asked to write about the psychological difficulties homeless and orphaned children experience. A theory on attachment grew from Bowlby significant research on the deprivation of maternal care. Attachment theory describes the long-term relationships between individuals by looking the relationship an infant has with its primary caregiver. Read more!

Teen ADHD | Parent Treatment AdvocatesThe new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the fifth edition, published in May of 2013, outlines a new definition of addiction. It includes a diagnosis for non-substance addictions, such as gambling, and any other behaviors that an individual or teen has lost power over.

The reason for the change stems from a new definition of addiction. The DSM explains that although drugs and alcohol can have a physical and psychological addiction, it is possible to develop an addiction to other behaviors and activities that become the sole focus of one’s life to the exclusion and detriment of other life-activities. Read more!

It’s true, as a teenager, you stand at the intersection between childhood and adulthood. You’re at the uncomfortable crossroads between needing the security of your parents and also finding your own sense of autonomy and independence. More importantly, you’re finding what it means to be you, what identity you will be yours, and who you are as an adult.

Teen Identity Crisis | Paradigm MalibuI’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that Erik Erikson, the developmental psychologist, saw adolescence as the most pivotal.  In addition to the adolescent stage of life, he broke life down into a series eight stages, each of which are difficult conflicts that an individual needs to move through. The successful transition through each stage facilitates the success of future stages in life. A teenager, specifically, is faced with the challenge of finding his or her unique identity among experiences of role confusion, peer pressure, and family tradition. Read more!

Teen Bipolar Disorder | Parent Treatment Advocates

Of course, one of the primary ways to bring mood stability for an adolescent with Bipolar Disorder is through medication. However, there are other methods that can help prevent the swing into mania or depression.

One of the defining traits of Teen Bipolar Disorder is the rapid swing in moods between mania and depression. Euphoria, elation, racing thoughts, irritability, and substance use are common symptoms of mania. Some teenagers will also engage in forms of self-harm, such as cutting or risky behavior as a way to take away their emotional pain and accelerate the highs. When feeling low or depressed, the symptoms of depression include decreased energy, insomnia, fatigue, agitation, and suicidal thoughts. Read more!

If you’re not a teenager, then some of the substances that are a problem in adolescence might be new to you. If you’re a caregiver or parent, you might be familiar with addictions to marijuana, alcohol, heroine, or methamphetamine, and not be aware of other drugs and chemicals that can also lead to addiction. Substances, such as inhalants, spice, bath salts, and others can create damaging addictions and dire circumstances in the life of a teen. Read more!

If you have a teenager who is also autistic, you already know the test of parenting an autistic child. You already know the difficulties of raising a child with communication and socialization impairments. Adding adolescence to the mix does not make your task of parenting any easier. However, as a means of providing information and support, this article will review Autism Spectrum Disorder, its basic symptoms, and recent changes in treating an autistic teenager. Read more!

You might have seen the acronym LGBT used in the media, and perhaps you already understand that in general it refers to individuals whose sexual orientation is not heterosexual.


 Perhaps you’ve even seen the gay pride, rainbow flag used in homosexual communities from time to time. However, a deeper understanding of what defines gender, sexual orientation, and identity is rarely discussed in the general public. The following definitions will make these differences clear and hopefully provide parents and caregivers with the knowledge they need to better understand teen LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender) teens and adolescents. Read more!

As a parent or caregiver of a teen who is struggling with addiction, you might feel overwhelmed. You might have lost hope about your child’s progress, or even given up, letting your teen make the decisions he or she wants, for better or for worse.

Perhaps instead you have even gotten to a point where you’re considering forcing your child into one of those boot-camp style treatment programs. That kind of environment will help give them a new perspective, you think to yourself. Perhaps a month-long-stay with others struggling to find freedom too will kick your child into gear.

Yet, the truth is, no change will take place unless your teen is ready. No addiction will end unless the desire to change is turned on. Read more!

Teenagers, just like adults, can undergo intensive trauma and accidents. Whether they are involved in a car crash, suffer from heavy drug use, or have been assaulted, a proper teen trauma treatment program will help them heal and continue to live their life with confidence and courage. Read more!

Adolescent Internet Addiction | Parent Treatment Advocates

Adolescent internet addiction is slowly gaining understanding, but it is still misunderstood too frequently. Addictions do not have to involve ingesting a substance in order to be valid. In fact, the natural chemicals released by the brain during internet usage can create a chemical dependency and literal withdrawals when an addict is forcibly separated from the internet. In order to help your addicted adolescent, you must first understand internet addiction and then know where you can turn for help. Read more!