Mental Health Tune Up for Teens: Simple Ways to Defeat
Yes, we are complicated beings, but sometimes, we can deflate problems that seem enormous with a couple of simple questions. In a report featured in the Scientific American, Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen offers a unique perspective on anxiety- what if you could divide and conquer an overwhelming fear? What if you could cut it in half, and then ask those halves a question or two that would reduce the size of the monster that looms in your mind? By demonstrating two of the most common beliefs that trigger our anxieties, Dr. Hendriksen offers a method to reduce the size of a major nightmare to a minor worry.
Depression in Teens and Adolescents Linked to Bullying at School: How Can We Help?
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Many years ago, kids used to recite this chant when bullies taunted them. At the time, parents thought this was useful advice. Today, we know better. Words can hurt you. Some people never survive the lasting effects of the bullying they received as teenagers. Not surprisingly, depression and suicide are much more common among teens that have been victims of bullying at school or through social media. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens. Clearly more needs to be done to reduce bullying and the huge toll it takes on our teens and adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control offers some guidelines and statistics to help educate students, teachers, and parents.
No One is Perfect, the Stars Admit: Teen Mental Health and Weight Stigma
Weight stigma can be cruel. It can make teens and adolescents feel ashamed of their bodies. It can interfere with their ability to enjoy school and social events. Weight stigma can also lead teens to develop binge eating disorder (BED) and other eating disorders. After being bullied, teased, or ridiculed with harsh language, it’s all too easy to internalize negative messages, and even agree with them. As BEDA’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week wraps up, interviews with celebrities reveal that all young women feel the pressure to look a certain way. Many top stars in music, fashion, films and television have also struggled with notions of perfection, and they want young people to know that recovery is possible.
Study Reveals Binge Eating Disorders are Nearly as Common Among Males
A new study says we need more studies. Research reveals that when it comes to diagnosing and treating Binge Eating Disorders, males have often been overlooked. BED, a disorder that affects more than 4 million Americans, is usually associated with females. The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, shows that the condition is just as damaging to men, but they seek treatment less often. Because BED is often considered to be a mental health issue among females, men may not admit to having the symptoms. As a former male model admits, “There is a double layer of shame.”
Wondering Why Some Doctors Don’t Understand Eating Disorders?
Would your family doctor recognize the symptoms of an eating disorder? Studies show that primary care doctors are usually the professionals most women, men, adolescents, and teens turn to first when they think they might have an eating disorder. But nearly 80 percent of the health care providers surveyed by the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness admitted that don’t feel they are adequately informed to identify and diagnose eating disorders. Could this lack of knowledge be one of the reasons that people with eating disorders have the highest death rates among mental health disorders?
Find Out How to Battle Weight Stigma and Binge Eating Disorder
This month, a national campaign wants to end weight stigma and the disorders it spawns. In our culture, there’s a war against weight, and the result is often the Battle of the Binge. Did you know that Binge Eating Disorder, or BED, is the most common eating disorder in the U.S.? Nearly 3.5% of all women, 2% of all men, and 30% to 40% of the people that have gone through weight loss treatments can be probably be diagnosed with binge eating disorders. Unfortunately, this disorder doesn’t discriminate. It claims people of all ages. This includes children, adolescents, teens, and adults of all races, and all levels of education and income. Do you know the warning signs?
Music is the Voice of the Soul: Do Somber Songs Make Teens More Depressed?
Many of today’s teenagers and adolescents spend several hours a day under headphones or in front of computer screens. Does what they listen to, or watch or play, make an impact on their behavior? Some of the most popular choices among young people these days range from violent, post apocalyptic video games and movies to angst-ridden Emo songs that feature long wailing choruses. Are these media stimulants soothing selections, or disturbing influences? One study revealed a few surprises.
Depression in Teens Help for Worried Parents
Young teens are notorious for being moody, sad, or overly expressive. It’s practically a stereotype in TV shows and current movies. As they make the transition from adolescent to adulthood, the emotional challenges that many teenagers face can be trying for everyone in the family. The loss of a first love, or peer pressure at school can seem overwhelming to a sensitive young person.
Useful Tips for Anxiety Advice for Adolescents
When you’re a kid, life can be hectic. Little things, like forgetting homework or missing a ride home, can stack up and add to the pressures of a stressful day. Exercise helps. Unfortunately, reaching for the remote control doesn’t count as a yoga stretching move. Video games can offer a quick escape, but in the long run, learning how to take some positive steps to unwind could be a lot more productive. If adolescents learn how to manage stress, they can feel like they have more control over the chaos.
“First of all, let me get something straight. This is a journal, not a diary. I know what it says on the cover, but when mom went out to buy this thing, I specifically told her to get one that didn’t say diary on it. Great. All I need is for some jerk to catch me carrying this book around and get the wrong idea. The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was Mom’s idea, not mine.”
Love Your Body: 10 Tips for Body Positivity
Being body-positive encourages affirming attitudes towards your own body. Loving yourself is the greatest revolution! Many of us struggle with becoming body-positive. Below are some tips for becoming body-positive.