Having Trouble Talking to Your Troubled Teen?
“Don’t worry about it,” you might say to your anxious adolescent or teen. “It’s going to be OK,” you want to tell them. But they know better. It will not be OK. Your words may only confirm their worst fears, and they feel trapped inside a world they cannot control. You hate to see your child upset, and you want to help, but saying the wrong thing to a teen with an anxiety disorder can actually make them feel worse.
Does My Teen Have a Mental Health Disorder? Know the Signs
Worried about your teen or adolescent? Think they might be facing a serious mental health issue? Just putting a name on it, or knowing more, can make a mental or behavior disorder seem less overwhelming. Kids can suffer from the same kinds of mental health problems that plague adults, but their symptoms may be quite different. Depending on their ages, young people may not always be able to adequately articulate their feelings. Knowing the signs, and what to watch out for, could make it much easier to get them the help they need. During Mental Health Awareness Week, NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, offers information, tips, toolkits, and more for concerned parents.
Studies Show Why Eating Disorders Among Young Teens Are Greater at Some Schools
Peer pressure has always played an important role in the way teens see themselves. Recent studies confirm the idea that the desire to fit in could also be a major factor in the development of anorexia and other eating disorders among teens and adolescent girls. The survey also shows that in schools with more girls than boys, eating disorders among teens are more prevalent. J. Kevin Thompson, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, found girls are nearly 10 times more likely to develop these behavior disorders than boys, and girls from well-educated families seem to be more susceptible. Do schools for the “best and brightest” promote a dangerous form of perfectionism?
Teen Mental Health Crisis: Why Kids Cut Themselves?
When she discovered her 15-year-old daughter was cutting herself, it was a total shock. After she discovered how common this type of behavior was, she decided to write about it. An anonymous mother tells how she discovered that self-harming behavior is a secret epidemic among our young. “They’ll grow out of it,” another mother tells her, as if the problem will just go away somehow if no one speaks about this unsettling issue. But parents and teens did come forward and help this concerned mother tell their heartbreaking stories. The article, published in the UK’s Guardian, asks the question, if your child does this, how do you help them move forward to recovery and resilience?
Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Teenagers to Have Mental Disorders? The Reverse Can Be True
“Just let me finish this text,” your teen might say. Maybe they plead for a few more minutes with a favorite video game or movie. For many parents, every weeknight brings a battle they struggle to win, and the enemy is often an electronic device. Thanks to smart phones, the Internet, movies, video games, and personal computers, kids are exposed to a nearly unlimited wealth of content. They also have the opportunity to connect with their friends at all hours, and this nocturnal online activity can keep them from getting the proper amount of rest. Research shows that almost 70 percent of all U.S. teens aren’t getting enough sleep. Is this national sleep shortage contributing to a rise in mental health problems among our adolescents and teenagers?
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?