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Normal Teenage Behavior or Mental Health Issue? Know When to Seek Help

February 2, 2018 Posted in: Announcement, georgetown

Teens are halfway between childhood and adulthood – they are still finding themselves and learning to live in their own skin.

As a result, it is common for teens to exhibit undesirable behaviors, such as lashing out, isolating, or making risky decisions.

However, when does undesirable teen behavior start to indicate mental health issues in a teenager?

It is not always easy to tell.

Mental illness during adolescence is remarkably common, and adolescence is often the time when symptoms of anxiety, depression... Continue reading →

What You Need to Know About Mental Health First Aid

January 3, 2018 Posted in: Announcement

Mental Health

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?

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The Impact of Sleep on Teen Mental Health

December 1, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

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 →

National Bullying Prevention Month: Ways You Can Get Involved

October 25, 2017 Posted in: Press Release

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 →

Listening to Disturbing Voices: Experiential Training Event with Pat Deegan on 10/26

October 24, 2016 Posted in: Announcement

Listening to Disturbing Voices

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 →

Benefits of Expressive Art Therapy for Children

August 2, 2016 Posted in: Announcement

Expressive Art Benefits

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?

The term expressive arts refers to any combination of dance, writing, visual arts, drama, music or other creative outlets.... Continue reading →

7 Differences between Normal and Abnormal Teenage Behavior

September 25, 2015 Posted in: Announcement

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 →

Cutting: a Growing Trend among Teen Girls

August 7, 2015 Posted in: Announcement

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 →

Warning Signs Your Teen is Using Drugs

July 17, 2015 Posted in: Announcement

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 →

Depression in Female Adolescents: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions

June 30, 2015 Posted in: Announcement

Teenage girls are twice as likely as teenage boys to be diagnosed with a mood disorder such as depression. The reason may stem back to early evolutionary advantages and how girls and boys are differently wired as pertains to emotional stimuli. Girls tend to emotionally mature more quickly than boys and are biologically wired to nurture babies and children, while boys are biologically wired to spread their seed and tend to the protection of the tribe. This evolutionary advantage might be a bit of a disadvantage in the modern world where teens spend around six or so years in a sort of limbo—not yet old enough to be treated as adults and too old to be treated as children. Whatever the reasons, the teen years are fertile ground for depression and anxiety to develop in teen girls.

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