Should Your Teen Set New Year’s Resolutions?

As the first few days of 2012 roll by, many people will be talking about and setting their New Year’s resolutions.  However, even those who set resolutions don’t always expect them to be successful.  The statistics don’t lie; 35% of those who make resolutions don’t even make it through the first day.  But, statistics go… Continue reading Should Your Teen Set New Year’s Resolutions?

Preventing Teen Suicide: What Parents Need to Know

For many parents, it is difficult to understand why an adolescent who has their whole life in front of them, would consider ending it prematurely through suicide.  As children make the transition to teenagers, they become more private and generally stop sharing their thoughts and feelings as openly with their parents.  This can make it… Continue reading Preventing Teen Suicide: What Parents Need to Know

Sexual Abuse in Teenagers: What Parents Need to Know

Overview In order to protect teenagers from sexual abuse, it is important that both parents and teens understand what constitutes sexual abuse.  While it is broadly defined as abuse that can be considered sexual in nature, some acts, like date rape or sexual advances from an adult are generally considered by everyone to be forms… Continue reading Sexual Abuse in Teenagers: What Parents Need to Know

Drunkorexia (Eating Disorders & Alcohol): What Parents Should Know

Most people have heard of anorexia, but have you heard of “Drunkorexia”?  Though not an official diagnosis, this term refers to food restriction and alcohol consumption.  It has become more prevalent among young adults.  It is especially common in college students that are trying to keep themselves thin.  Parents should be aware of this issue… Continue reading Drunkorexia (Eating Disorders & Alcohol): What Parents Should Know

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Teens

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, used to be something associated only with war veterans and abuse survivors but it can affect anyone who experiences a traumatic event.  Even though teens and adolescents may show different symptoms than adults , they can suffer from the same disorder and usually require treatment to overcome the challenges… Continue reading Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Teens

Social Phobias: What Parents Need to Know

Overview It isn’t uncommon for children and teens to be anxious about social situations and interactions as they move through the different stages from child to adult.  Given that their bodies are constantly changing, the hormonal effects of puberty, and the rapid succession of milestones these adolescents are going through, it is no wonder that… Continue reading Social Phobias: What Parents Need to Know

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Need to Know

Overview Everyone worries about things, even children and teenagers.  Whether the worry is over the upcoming history test, getting a date to the prom, or making the soccer team, anxiety is a normal part of everyday life.  However, in some people, normal everyday worries can become excessive and everyday things can cause severe anxiety.  This… Continue reading Generalized Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Need to Know

Cutting and Self Harm- What Parents Need to Know

On a good day, it can be difficult for parents to understand their teenagers.  The teen years can be a mix of intense emotions, physical changes, peer pressure, and hormonal overload that can leave teens feeling like visitors in their own bodies.  Lacking the emotional maturity and coping skills to deal with this onslaught, some… Continue reading Cutting and Self Harm- What Parents Need to Know