What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Many teenagers and adults suffer from social anxiety. This is a condition that can make them feel nervous and physically ill when they have to interact with others, particularly if they will be the center of attention (such as when they must give a speech) or when they think others will be looking at them […]

What is the Difference Between a Psychopath and a Sociopath?

The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” are used interchangeably and, at times, inappropriately. The two terms are actually part of an antisocial personality disorder and it’s not accurate to name someone with an aloof manner or a selfish streak as either a psychopath or a sociopath. Some parents are concerned that their teenagers might be afflicted […]

Personality Disorders in Teens: What You Should Know

Historically, people would not received a diagnosis for personality disorders until they were at least in their 20’s. The nature of the illness indicates a long-term unhealthy pattern of thought and behavior and a person needs to have a history of life challenges that might indicate a personality disorder exists.   However, there is an ongoing debate […]

A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder

Parenting teens can be stressful. Because your teen is going through hormonal changes and dealing with the rigors of approaching adulthood, it’s common to deal with moodiness, irrational behaviors, misplaced anger, and frustrating behaviors. If your adolescent has borderline personality disorder, however, it’s more than simply stressful and frustrating. Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a […]

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders are comprised of several different but similar conditions that cause a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts. In years past, one well-known type of disorder was sometimes called “multiple personality disorder.” The dissociation that occurs with these conditions can happen just once in a person’s life, or it can become a long-term […]

Challenges Facing Teens With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (bi meaning two) is characterized by the swing of moods between mania and depression. In fact, a teen’s levels of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephine are often so chaotic, it is difficult for them to remain emotionally stable throughout the day. For instance, an adolescent might wake up in the morning with such a […]

How to Support LGBT Teens

If you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, or friend of a teen who questions their identity, sexual preference, or gender, it might be hard for you. Most people want others to follow along with everyone else. Being different can mean problems, and you likely want the best for your teen. You might fear that your […]

Consistent Care With Infants and Teens

  Consistency is Paramount When Your Child is an Infant as well as a Teen   When your child is still a little one, it’s important to be responsive and show consistent care during their infancy. When they cry, you feed them. When they cry again, you change their diaper. And so on. The more […]

How to Respond to Teen Psychosis

Psychosis is a symptom of mind that can show up in adolescence, but for most teens it won’t. Yet, for those teens who do experience hallucinations and/or delusions, psychosis can be a scary experience. Psychosis is a symptom, much like feeling down is a symptom of depression. Psychosis is essentially the experience of the mind […]

Common Lies That Narcissists Tell

The definition of a narcissist, according to psychologist Stephen Johnson, is “someone who has buried his true self-expression in response to early injuries and replaced it with a highly developed, compensatory false self.” A narcissist will often lie and exaggerate in order to get what they want. Here are a few common lies and exaggerations that […]