Teens in Crisis: What Should I Say to a Suicidal Teen?
Talking with someone about their suicidal thoughts is never easy. “I had family and close friends who didn’t know what to do and didn’t do anything. It was hard for me not to be resentful of that,” says a young woman who struggled with depression at the age of 14. “People react in different ways at different times, but also accept help in different ways. Some friends would try things and I would snap at them and they just wouldn’t try again. But others would keep trying until they found something that helped,” she says. “Sometimes people, not even close friends, would surprise you and give you exactly what you need.”
Borderline Personality Disorder How It Feels From the Inside
It’s easy for teens and adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder to feel like they are the victims of a very cruel curse. This personality disorder is often characterized by an intense fear of abandonment, unstable relationships, and impulsive behavior that ultimately drives people away. “BPD makes me lash out, allowing some of the cruelest things to tumble from my mouth. And believe me, there are only so many times loved ones will forgive a lack of control,” one person writes. Young people that have this disorder describe what it’s like to live with it, in their own words.
Boys with Eating Disorders May Face Greater Risk of Suicide
Eating disorders do not discriminate.In the past, eating disorders were often seen as a ‘woman’s issue.’ But new research shows that male eating disorders are on the rise. This means that many male teens and adolescents may face a greater risk of suicide as well. Compared to the general population, suicide rates are much higher among young people with eating disorders. These statistics are even higher for males with eating disorders, especially among gay men, the studies say. More research is needed, but these studies provide valuable insight into the mental health challenges some male teens and adolescents may be facing today.
What’s New at the Center for Discovery New England Outpatient Facility
Our New Haven outpatient facility has been buzzing with marketing events! We recently hosted a Connecticut Wellness Group event so we could sit down, have breakfast with our local healthcare providers, and discuss the Discovery Difference.
Embattled Teens Suffering from Anxiety Disorders
According to a report in The Atlantic, anxiety among teens and adolescents in U.S. schools has been on the rise in recent years. “Things have changed dramatically with my students over the past couple of decades,” Dr. Sharon Sevier, chair of the board of The American School Counselor Association and a counselor at Lafayette High School in St. Louis, told The Atlantic. “Early in my career, I saw very few mental health issues, and the home and family issues were more rare.” Jason Bradley, a counselor at Roseville High School in Northern California, blames the growing intrusion of technology. “With the rise in the digital world, kids very often feel rushed and pressured. There’s a lot of info, a lot to learn, a lot to know.”
20 Confessions from Teens With Mental Illness: What They Wished Their Parents Knew
Living with a teen or adolescent that has a mental health disorder can be very challenging for the entire family. Even the best of parents make mistakes. If your child could articulate their feelings about their mental illness, in a way that you could hear them without blaming yourself, you might not like what you hear. Then again, you might be surprised to learn how much they appreciate all that you have done for them. Speaking anonymously, kids offer some useful insights and valuable information to help parents get through the process of recovery.
Bullying Prevention Month: Teens Encouraged to Fight Bullying for Better Mental Health
Can the right words help us heal issues, together, as a group? The impersonal styles of communication we have developed, thanks to advances in technology and new social media platforms, can often produce arguments, opinions, and hurtful comments all too easily. “People say things that are inappropriate, and they feel comfortable doing it because that buffer is present,” a psychology major told Brigham Young’s school newspaper recently. “Cyber-bullying comes because of this. People feel like they can voice their opinions freely without regard for what the reader could be feeling or how they could be interpreting the message.” A new public campaign urges teens and adolescents to get involved and stomp out bullying at their schools with real, personal interactions, and positive social activities.
Depressed Teens Share on Social Media: “Mental Illness Feels Like…”
Some parents may be right to worry about the way smartphones have taken over the lives of our teens and adolescents. Is Social Media creating an antisocial generation? A recent study by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda found most American teens and adolescents spend as much as 75 percent of their time awake with their eyes fixed on a small screen. The survey also discovered that when teens disconnected from their electronic devices for just one 24-hour period, they tended to feel extremely lonely and didn’t know how to fill their time. Fortunately, National Depression Awareness Month brings disengaged teens all over the country a unique ironic opportunity: Now, the same technology that isolates so many of our young people can connect and empower them.
What’s Normal? What Isn’t? Talking About Mental Health With Teens
What does ‘normal’ really mean? Due to the hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty, teenagers are famous for being moody, difficult creatures. So at times it can be hard to tell the difference between “normal teenage behavior” and the symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or other mental disorders. Teens may seem irritable or be quick to anger as they begin to separate from the family. That’s why these years aren’t easy for parents of adolescents and teens either. Worried that your teen might be taking it to another level? It’s always a good idea to know the early warning signs of mental disorders, but it really helps to know how to talk about them with teens. When all else fails, you may have to just ask them what they think.
Can You Reprogram Your Brain Like a Computer? Science Promises Exciting New Possibilities for Mental Health
Can you really rewire your brain? Startling scientific discoveries give new hope for adolescents and teens that struggle with anxiety, bipolar disorder, behavior disorders, OCD, and other mental health issues. Recent research projects on the plasticity of the brain, show it can be much more resilient than previously thought. These studies also confirm the ability to successfully modify behavior with techniques like Cognitive Behavior Therapy. To demonstrate the adaptability of brain plasticity, a behavioral scientist offers an experiment you can try at home: Retrain your brain with his four basic steps.