Tips for Teens to Stay Sober During the Holiday Season

For teens working hard to maintain their sobriety, the holiday season can be an especially challenging time. While the holidays are typically celebrated with joy, they can also be stressful – and studies show that alcohol and drug use can spike around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fortunately, there are several coping strategies for teens dealing with […]

In the Wake of National Bullying Prevention Month

While October is designated as national bullying prevention month, efforts to alleviate bullying should be maintained all year-round.     What is Bullying? Described as unwanted, aggressive behavior, bullying involves a real or perceived power imbalance, and can come in the verbal form of teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting or threatening to cause harm. […]

OCD Awareness Begins Within

International OCD Awareness Week is in full swing at Paradigm and this year we’re focusing on raising awareness from the inside out. “Some of the misconceptions about OCD involve the people who suffers from it,” says Dr. Jeff Nalin, Chief Clinical Officer at Paradigm. “We’ve seen many young people who have difficulty in treatment because […]

Support for Teens with Gender Identity Issues

“Congratulations, It’s a Human” When a baby is born, one of the first questions people ask the new parents is this: “What is it?” Gender is unquestionably the most salient feature of a person’s identity. It’s most often the first thing we notice about someone and it is certainly the first characteristic infants learn to […]

Learning How to Be Resilient Can Help Teens Manage Emotional Distress

Depression and anxiety are common during adolescence. But a new study suggests that brain training can help manage emotional distress. According to a recent study, teens who develop new skills, such as new emotion regulation strategies, can learn how to manage emotional distress such as anxiety and depression. This is especially helpful for adolescents during […]

The Value of a Strong Support System

The human experience involves families and communities: we need one another to survive and grow because it’s impossible to do everything alone. This is especially true while going through life’s challenges and obstacles, such as raising a teen going through treatment. A healthy support system can provide parents with a host of benefits, including: Boost […]

Inhalant Abuse: Is Your Teen Huffing?

A behavior that peaked in the 1990s, huffing is still an issue with teenagers, particularly younger ones who might not be old enough to access substances like alcohol, marijuana, and opiates, which older teens might experiment with. Huffing is also called inhalant abuse. Do you know what it is and whether your teen is at […]

Does Your Teen Have a Mood Disorder?

The teenage years can be tumultuous, and many parents of teens wonder whether their child is typical or if they have some type of disorder or mental health issue. To be sure, the typical mood swings, overreactions, and lack of judgment can seem troubling, but they are often simply a sign of adolescence. How can […]

When Teens with Depression Receive Treatment, Parents Might Get Better, Too

As mental health professionals, we know from experience that teen depression doesn’t only affect the individual. It can affect the whole family. Now, recent research confirms what we’ve known all along – “When teens are treated for depression, their parents’ mental health improves, too.” According to NPR, the study was conducted by Howard, a graduate […]

Giving Back After Recovery: Alumni Returns as Clinical Assistant

Before seeking treatment at age 17, Danny White couldn’t imagine the life he is living today. A husband and father of two, Danny is now working as a clinical assistant at Paradigm – one step closer toward his career goal of becoming an adolescent therapist. We had the opportunity to learn more about Danny’s treatment […]