Why Today’s Teens Are More Depressed Than Ever
After a decline in the 1990s, the number of young people that commit suicide has been increasing every year. While no one can explain exactly why, many experts say adolescents and teens today probably face more pressures at home or school, worry about financial issues for their families, and use more alcohol and drugs. “This is a very dangerous time for our young people,” Kathy Harms, a staff psychologist at Kansas City’s Crittenton Children’s Center, told the Portland Press Herald. “We’re seeing more anxiety and depression in children of all ages.”
7 Habits of Highly Successful People with Bipolar Disorder
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to take bipolar disorder very seriously,” says Julie A. Fast, author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder. “It’s not like other illnesses. It’s sneaky and dangerous if you don’t watch it all of the time.” She compares it to having diabetes. “People with diabetes can’t mess around – ever. I can’t either.” Firmly determined to follow her treatment plan, despite the challenges of her disorder, she says, “As long as I can keep relatively stable, I always find a way to get on with life and strive for happiness. I will never stop.” Like Fast, many people with bipolar disorder manage to lead productive lives. Here are some of the steps they all share.
Are Eating Disorders More Common in Los Angeles? It’s True for Boys
While it may come as no surprise that young women growing up in the land of ‘the beautiful people’ would feel more pressure to be thin, a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Los Angeles Unified School District suggests that high school aged boys in the Los Angeles area may share this burden equally. According to the report, young males in LA are twice as likely to resort to disordered eating to control their weight than the national average. Could more movies and advertisements that portray male stars with muscular physiques cause an increase in the number of teen boys suffering from eating disorders? Some experts think so.
How to Avoid a Relapse in Recovery From a Mental Health Disorder
“Is relapse a normal part of recovery? What can I do to get back on track?” One of the biggest fears for anyone that has gone through treatment for a mental health disorder is having a relapse. It can be extremely depressing, discouraging, or demoralizing when you realize that you are slipping back into the old patterns of behavior you worked so hard to change. Old habits die hard, and your disorder will fight to keep to keep on controlling your life. But even if you lose a battle, you don’t have to surrender. You can still make peace with the disorder that has waged a war against you. Here are some steps to help someone stay on track.
Worried About How to Get Through the Holidays Without Stressing Out?
The last thing a person struggling with the symptoms of an eating disorder usually wants is to draw attention to themselves or their disorder. But once again, it’s that time of the year. The holiday season is upon us. While many people may seem to be absolutely carefree and happy to focus on the food-centered celebrations of the season, if you, or someone in your family, has an eating disorder, this period could be an extra challenge to recovery from an eating disorder or a serious mental health issue. Here are some suggestions to help people cope, in a private and personal way.
Art Therapy: Is it Art, Therapy, or Both? Survivors and Experts Describe the Process
“I was suffering from an eating disorder, and when I ended up in a hospital, at a dangerously low weight and with a heart rate to match, I struggled to comprehend what was happening. Why was I doing this? Why was I so intent on destroying myself?” a young woman writes. When words failed her, her interest in art opened a door: “A coherent explanation evaded me, and so in desperation I proceeded to draw, write, paint and take photos. Recovery is a complicated business, and sometimes images, objects and abstract verse were the only way I could make sense of what was going on inside my head. Art was a central part of my recovery from an eating disorder, and has enabled me to better understand myself.”
Can Celiac Disease Cause Eating Disorders Among Teens? Find Out
If your teen or adolescent is diagnosed with celiac disease, it’s entirely normal for them to be very concerned about what they eat. Consuming the wrong foods can make them ill. But having to focus so intensely on diet issues could also contribute to unhealthy attitudes about their meals and food intake. “I felt deprived on the gluten-free diet,” a teenager with celiac disease reveals. “Had I been able to eat a bite of something when I wanted it, like a gluten-filled doughnut or cookie, I think I could have escaped the starve-binge cycles more easily.”
Mental Health Advice from Teens
Ever wish you knew then what you know now? What would you say to someone like yourself, when they are just starting out, as a miserable teenager or adolescent suffering from an eating disorder? In a creative exercise, as part of their path to long-lasting recovery, eating disorder survivors sometimes write anonymous letters to their younger selves or other people that are just beginning the journey. The results can be quite revealing, and also, very encouraging. As one young woman writes, “I was stuck in a pile of hopelessness and didn’t even want to recover. But that’s because I didn’t know what I was missing.” While these may seem like notes from hell or heaven, they demonstrate to anyone just beginning the process that they are not alone.
What Are the 5 Steps to Health At Every Size for Parents and Teens?
“’Health at Every Size’ is about taking care of your body without worrying about whether you’re ‘too’ big or small,” writes Dr. Linda Bacon, author of Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. “People might think they can tell who’s fit and who’s not by looking at them, but in fact, it’s trickier than that.” Lots of people are large and in great physical shape, she adds, saying, “Many avid dancers, runners, lifters, and sports team members are big to start with and stay that way. They tend to be far healthier than thin people who don’t move around much or eat a nutritious mix of foods.” Recognizing the need to encourage teens and adolescents to focus on healthy habits rather than weight loss, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers 5 steps for families to follow.
Teachers and Ed Professionals Say They Are Unprepared to Deal with Mental Health Issues
At his administration’s National Conference on Mental Health, President Barack Obama challenged schools to help identify mental health disorders among their students. But surveys reveal that most teachers feel they lack the necessary skills to support the mental health needs of adolescents and teens. And budgets differ dramatically from school to school. Calling it a “crying need,” David Kopperud, a consultant to California’s State Department of Education says, “This is something school administrators and teachers run into frequently – depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues – and yet they are not trained to handle situations like these.”