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Building Blocks to Raise Resilient Teenagers

Building Blocks to Raise Resilient TeenagersChallenges of Adolescence: Building Blocks to Raise Resilient Teenagers

Parenting an adolescent can be difficult. It’s not an easy time for many kids. Along with the dramatic physical changes they undergo, they may also be tested by new family dynamics, peer pressure, bullying, or social and intellectual challenges at school. Mood swings, brief periods of emotional distress, depression, or anxiety are not uncommon. But if symptoms of a mental health disorder persist, it may be time to explore treatment options. If your child is acting out, taking action now could boost their ability to develop valuable coping skills and resilience.

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Suicide Survivor Inspires Teens and Adolescents

Suicide Survivor Inspires Teens and AdolescentsSuicide Survivor Inspires Teens and Adolescents. There’s Power in Sharing

The right words really can make a difference. They can save lives. Knowing what he wished someone had told him when he was desperate and obsessed with suicidal thoughts, a man that survived a horrific attempt to end his life has a very different kind of goal these days. Now he travels the world, sharing his remarkable tale of recovery with young people. An old saying is that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Meaning, there is no turning back from that final step. Hearing this story of regret may offer some troubled teens, adolescents, and young adults the sense of hope they need.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Say You Go to Therapy

Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Say You Go to TherapyDebunking Myths: Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Say You Go to Therapy

You are not alone, a staggering one in five adults suffer from a mental illness in the U.S. in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Attending therapy is not something to should be ashamed of. Your mental health should be treated like your physical health—addressed with the help of a professional and treated not as something you caused, but something you need to care for.

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Does Your Insurance Plan Cover Eating Disorders?

Does Your Insurance Plan Cover Eating DisordersDoes Your Insurance Plan Cover Eating Disorders? Call 800.760.3934

If you are exploring eating disorder treatment program options for a loved one, you may already be feeling overwhelmed. So having to navigate the fine print in your insurance policy might seem like one more enormous hurdle you’ll have to confront. The good news is that the help you need could be just a phone call away. And there may be steps you can take to get the kind of coverage you need, right away, that you may not be aware of.

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Designer Blames Fashion Industry for Eating Disorders

Designer Blames Fashion Industry for Eating DisordersWhy Some Designers Don’t Think Beauty Comes in All Sizes

More women in the U.S. wear a size 16 than a size 6, and the fashion world doesn’t seem to care. There has always been a big difference between the average woman and haute couture, but today, when the gap seems wider than ever, very few designers will even entertain the idea of producing a line of plus size fashions. As Tim Gunn, designer and host of TV’s Project Runway, points out, there’s a lot of money of to be made if the clothing industry offers real clothes for real women. So why, he asks, must so many young women continue to starve themselves to maintain its unrealistic standards?

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Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Treatment for Body Dysmorphic DisorderTeen Mental Health: Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Like the dialogue between the evil queen and her enchanted mirror, some of us get a response we don’t want to hear when we look at our reflections. “My nose is too big. My ears stick out. My skin looks bumpy,” your inner voice may say. Most everyone has experienced this. But some teenagers obsess about their appearance so much that it interferes with their ability to see themselves accurately. It creates havoc in daily life for their families. If not treated properly, teenagers with Body Dysmorphic Disorder may also suffer from severe anxiety, extreme depression, or develop an eating disorder.

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Reading Your Way to Recovery: Books About Eating Disorders

Reading Your Way to RecoveryReading Your Way to Recovery

If you or someone you love is going through the process of treatment for an eating disorder, you may be looking for more information than a casual Internet search can provide. This reading list should help. As a tribute to the “Voices of Recovery” theme for National Recovery Month, these informative publications provide more personal stories of recovery in great depth and detail. While reading is no substitute for an integrated holistic therapy program, many of these books offer strategies and inspiration for ED patients and their families.

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Find the Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center For Your Teen

Find Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center TeenChoose the Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center For Your Teen

If your teenager has been suffering from the symptoms associated with Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating disorder, or B.E.D, Orthorexia, or other eating related behavior disorders, taking the first steps to help them find the right kind of treatment may seem overwhelming at first. In some cases, these symptoms can be life-threatening. So it’s very important to understand what a comprehensive treatment program for eating disorders can do to help your family reach recovery.

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Activity Trackers and Eating Disorder Recovery

Activity Trackers and Eating Disorder RecoveryActivity Trackers and Eating Disorder Recovery: Are They Really Helpful?

The new and popular way to track activity progress is through fitness trackers. It seems as if everyone has the ever popular Fitbit these days, a flexible wrist band, that comes in a variety of bright colors, that can track your steps, calories, distance traveled, calorie intake, heart rate, and sleep patterns. Although these activity trackers can be helpful in many ways, such as providing motivation, accountability, and goal setting, should everyone own one?

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Is It Just the Winter Blues?

Is It Just the Winter BluesFeeling Moody? Is It Just the Winter Blues?

Here in the northeast, we can all agree that summer comes too late and leaves too soon. The end of the summer season is bittersweet- children (and their parents!) are excited for the start of the new school year, yet simultaneously sad that the carefree nature of summer is coming to an end. As the seasons change, so do our schedules, and rather frequently, our moods. It is not uncommon for individuals to feel a shift in their mood when the weather changes. In fact, this shift in mood can be chronic, and is actually a disorder identified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) 5 as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern (previously called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD).

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