When Teen PTSD Requires Inpatient or Residential Treatment

There are some events that are so distressing, they leave long-term effects on the mind and heart of those who experience them. This is especially true for teens who are still psychologically developing. Like an earthquake, trauma can create fractures in their developing brains and psychological foundation. Their entire sense of self is at risk. […]

What Connects Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD?

Mental health disorders are nothing to be ashamed of. They’re very common, and anybody can suffer from one. Mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common, but aren’t completely understood. The public and even people whose job is to study mental health disorders don’t always understand what causes mental illnesses. […]

Adolescent PTSD: What You Need to Know

Often, people unfamiliar with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associate the condition with adults, and specifically with military veterans. And while it isn’t uncommon for military veterans to experience PTSD as a result of their experiences in war zones, they aren’t the only ones who experience PTSD. Anyone who undergoes a traumatic experience can suffer from […]

7 Strategies for Coping With Trauma for Teens

Have you recently gone through a traumatic event? Maybe whatever you went through was many years ago but you’re still dealing with the aftermath: nightmares, flashbacks, and difficulty getting past the event. Whether your trauma is old or new, here are seven steps you can take that will make coping with trauma easier and help you […]

Here’s How Adolescent Trauma Affects Mental Health

It should come as no surprise that some of the people dealing with mental health issues in adulthood experienced events during their childhood or adolescence that made it difficult for them to cope as adults. Trauma during childhood or the teen years can involve just about any stressful event. Some children are greatly affected by […]

Those Who Have Social Supports May Improve Their Teen PTSD Symptoms

It might make sense that teens who experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a stress disorder that results from a traumatic experience, do better with social supports. That is, when PTSD teens have support from parents, peers, and mental health professionals, they are more likely to heal from the damaging effects of trauma. Connection with […]

Treating Teen PTSD and Co-Occurring Psychosis

Sometimes, experiencing a traumatic event (such as a car accident, death in the family, divorce, physical violence, or witnessing violence) won’t leave any lasting effect on a teenager once the event has passed. However, depending on the severity of the event, the resiliency of the teen, their psychological makeup, conditioning, ethnicity, and other factors, the […]

Teens Are More Vulnerable to PTSD Than Adults

When trauma occurs (such as a car accident, death in the family, divorce, physical violence, or witnessing violence), children, teens, and adults will respond to that difficult experience differently. While experts are still trying to determine what makes some individuals more vulnerable than others and what factors help to foster resiliency, there are certain circumstances […]

Teens Who Witness Violence Are Vulnerable to PTSD

Up until recently, it has been thought that those who are the victims of violence, meaning that they experience violence inflicted on themselves, are at risk for developing PTSD. For instance, if a teen has experienced a car accident, rape, or physical/sexual abuse, he or she may be vulnerable to developing PTSD symptoms, such as […]

Alternative Therapies for Teen PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological illness that affects teens and adults in a variety of significant ways. It is a mental illness experienced by someone who has lived through a traumatic event, and as a result, has symptoms of anxiety.  There are many types of life-threatening experiences that a teen might go […]