The Sexualization of Females from Teen Mental Health Illness

In the movies, television shows, commercials, and on billboards, women are more often than men portrayed in a sexual manner. Music videos, song lyrics, on the Internet, and in video games, the feminine image is sexualized. This is having its effect on young girls and adolescent females through the presence of teen mental illnesses. Teen […]

From Adolescence to Adulthood: Learning to Problem Solve

As a teenager, you’re in between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps this is what it feels like to be no longer a child and not quite yet an adult either. It’s an awkward stage of life in which you’ve got one foot in childhood and the other in adulthood and finding the ground […]

Types of Teen Attention Deficit Disorder: Inward, Outward, and Structured

According to Lynn Weiss, Ph.D, author of A.D.D. and Creativity: Tapping Your Inner Muse, there are three ways that an adolescent might experience their ADD symptoms. Her book focuses on how to work with the challenges of ADD versus being imprisoned by them. She points to the relationship between Attention Deficit Disorder and creativity and […]

The Gifted Teen: Unexpected Challenges for Parents

There’s something peculiar about the way we think about intelligence. Typically, students take several standardized tests that together yield a score, which is what most people know as the Intelligence Quotient (IQ). The average or median of these tests is 100 with 95% of the population falling between 70 and 130. A Gifted Teen The […]

Types of Teen Behavioral Addiction

Typically, when someone speaks of addiction, most people think of drugs or alcohol addictions. In fact, that’s exactly how the mental health field has been categorizing addiction for the last 20 years, as seen the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the manual clinicians use to diagnose and understand the symptoms of their […]

Establishing Healthy Boundaries for BPD Teens

It’s easy for teens with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to have virtually no sexual, emotional, physical, or psychological boundaries. Especially if an adolescent has experienced sexual or physical abuse, the ability to establish firm healthy boundaries in relationships can feel completely foreign.   A teen with Bipolar Personality Disorder will typically have a swing of […]

Loving Teens with Low Self-Worth

There are some core beliefs that begin the cycle of low self-worth. Typically, these debilitating beliefs stem from experiences in early childhood, such as trauma or simply living among dysfunctional family relationships. These core beliefs are: I am bad. unworthy. unlovable. unacceptable.   Both teens and adults hold onto these beliefs without ever really knowing […]

Treatment for Adolescent Self-Harm: One Couple’s Story

If you’re seeing patterns of self-harm in your child, it’s important to reflect on whether there are any underlying issues. For example, one couple recently discovered that their 13-year-old daughter was cutting her wrists. They were at first shocked that she would participate in such behavior. The couple came from a middle-upper class socioeconomic status […]

Help Your Teen With ADD Get Organized

One of the core symptoms of Teen Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is the inability to get and stay organized. It is clear that for a teen with ADD there is a wide gap between what society, school, and family expect of them and their ability to meet those expectations. However, there are unique methods to […]

It’s Time to Know About Teen Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Part Two

This two-part series is an exploration of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD),or Dysmorphophobia. This second article will take a look at BDD as a mental illness. As well as the difficulty of finding a diagnosis in teens, and the various forms of treatment. Body Dysmorphic Disorder Let’s imagine that you have a small scar on your […]