When a traumatic event happens like the recent Parkland shooting, communities often come together and jump into action.
Regardless of opinions on hot issues, these actions often have one thing in common: they focus on preventing another traumatic event from happening.
This, of course, is a very valid response. However, it doesn't do much for the current victims who may face childhood PTSD and adolescent PTSD.
No matter what kind of changes take place in the future, these kids still have to struggle through life after experiencing a traumatic event – an event so horrible that it's... Continue reading →
Teens are halfway between children and adults – they're still finding themselves and learning to live in their own skin.
As a result, it's common for teens to exhibit unusual behavior such as lashing out, isolating, or making risky decisions.
But when does normal teen behavior cross the line into teenage mental health issues?
It's not always easy to tell.
Mental illness in adolescence is remarkably common because this is often when symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other conditions first emerge.
The way people address crisis situations is transforming. This is good news for everyone.
First responders like police, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters traditionally approach emergency situations at a physical level.
Mental health isn't something that comes up until the individual becomes a patient or inmate – if it's addressed at all.
Mental health first aid takes a proactive approach by addressing the mental health crisis as it's happening instead of reacting to it later.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
It's a well-established scientific fact that the body desperately needs sleep to facilitate growth and healing, and getting the correct amount of sleep per night is incredibly important for maintaining optimal mental health.
As your child grows into their adolescence and exhibits all the “normal” and not so normal teenage behaviors, their developing bodies begin to experience changes, not only physically but also emotionally. Alongside those changes comes an increased amount of responsibility and more difficult challenges at school and at home. The result of these combined pressures often makes it difficult for some teens to fall... Continue reading →
Nearly everyone in the world has had to deal with a situation involving a bully even if they haven’t been personally targeted. Bullies aren’t always tall and strong but their overbearing demeanor can be jarring, making the most confident of people instantly feel small and defenseless. National Bullying Prevention Month is about acting as well as educating the public about ways they can prevent bullying from negatively impacting their lives.
Though bullying usually starts in childhood, it can be a problem in professional and even social settings with adults. The best way to stop bullying is to speak up and bring it to the attention... Continue reading →
On October 26, 2016, Georgetown Behavioral Healthcare Institute will host an experiential training event featuring the work of Pat Deagan and the National Empowerment Center Training. During the training period, participants will be placed in the shoes of those who suffer from hearing disturbing voices in an attempt to bring a greater understanding to the issue.
The Voices in Their Heads
For most people suffering from schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations—hearing voices—is a common occurrence. In fact, hearing voices is often one of the main symptoms that doctors use to determine a diagnosis... Continue reading →
The arts are a powerful thing. Whether acting in a play, singing a song, performing a dance, drawing a picture or writing a poem, the arts allow people to express themselves and their ideas without having to put them in to words. This is just one of the many reasons expressive arts therapy has become popular, particularly for special needs children.
What Is Expressive Art Therapy?
Teens go through a series of emotional and physical changes that can result in baffling behavior. Knowing what is normal and what is not can help parents spot emerging mental health issues.
Your child turns into an alien about the time she turns 12 or 13. Not only are you, as a parent, baffled by these new behaviors, but your teen is also frequently baffled and alarmed at the new thoughts and feelings she is experiencing.
The short story of puberty is that at some point in a child’s growth—usually between the ages of 12-15—the brain begins releasing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a hormone that spurs the pituitary gland to... Continue reading →
McKenzie was a good student. As a high school junior, she was active in sports and clubs at her high school while still managing to maintain a nearly perfect 4.0 GPA. Her parents were proud of her hard work, and her teachers and coaches loved her dedication and responsiveness. But McKenzie was stressed beyond the breaking point, suffering from feelings of burnout, worried that she wouldn’t be able to keep it up and would end up letting herself, her parents, her teammates, her teachers, and her coaches down.
One day, she tried something she’d heard other girls were doing. She snuck a sharp, small knife from the kitchen and took it to her bedroom. After rolling up her sleeve, she slid the knife blade up the inside of her arm—just hard enough to draw a bead of blood. She stared,... Continue reading →
Since time immemorial, teens have been drawn to things that can potentially harm them, such as illicit drugs and alcohol. Forbidden substances are fascinating substances, especially when the adults or respected peers in a teen’s life seem to enjoy using them. If a teen is depressed or has anxiety issues, drugs and alcohol can also help to temporarily alleviate pain and provide an escape from what feels like an unbearable living situation.
While experimentation with drugs and alcohol doesn’t mean your teen will automatically become an addict, such experimentation can lead to serious harm in a teen’s growing body and brain. For some, innocent experimentation can, indeed, lead to dependence or addiction. Certainly the outward behaviors of a teen suffering from drug or alcohol abuse... Continue reading →