As teens mature, they become more aware of their bodies and how others view them. During these formative years, many teens begin attaching their self-worth to the size and shape of their bodies, and give significance to how other teens react to their size, weight, or physical appearance. This causes many teens, particularly teen girls,… Continue reading Does My Teenager Have an Eating Disorder?
Just recently, Instagram sensation Essena O’Neill announced that she was quitting social media. In her official Instagram statement, O’Neill says, “I’m quitting Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. Deleted over 2000 photos here today that served no real purpose other than self-promotion. Without realizing, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social… Continue reading Is Social Media Harmful For Your Mental Health?
We have all been there. We go out to dinner with a group of friends and everyone is on their smart phone. You would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t look at their phone at least once. Some people are on theirs longer than others, scrolling through Facebook, checking e-mails, maybe playing a… Continue reading Smart Phone “Addiction”: A Disturbing New Trend in Teens and Young Adults
If you know of a teen that seems to go through intense mood changes, then he or she might be displaying symptoms of bipolar disorder. It’s often the case that young people afflicted with bipolar disorder will throw off signals to that effect. They may act unusually goofy, irritable, angry or overly excited on occasion.… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults
Teen Suicide Prevention is an important topic to discuss. The Tempe, Arizona, community was rocked in May of 2015 when Corona del Sol High senior, Marcus Wheeler, took his own life. “I Want My Life 3 Months Ago Back” Wheeler used social media to express his frustrations. The week before his suicide he tweeted, “life has… Continue reading Teen Suicide Prevention
It’s no mystery that we live in a culture driven by appearance. Even if we know something is bad for us, if it will help us look good we can’t seem to turn it down. As the drive for visual perfection continues, young men and women are constantly told that they are not good enough.… Continue reading Six Tips to Help Parents Raise Kids With A Positive Body Image
It’s summer break and kids have a lot of extra time on their hands. With studies linking excessive screen time to obesity, depression and attention deficit issues, it is increasingly important for parents to help their teens spend their free time wisely. Breaks from the normal routine are expected this time of year, but it… Continue reading How Much Screen Time is Really Okay for Adolescents
“Hannah Smith, British Teen, Commits Suicide After Cyberbullying, Trolling; Dad Demands Justice” via Huffington Post Hannah Smith was only 14 when she hanged herself. According to her father, she did it because of being bullied on the social network Ask.fm, a site that allows users to post questions and answers anonymously online via smart phone… Continue reading Dangerous Social Networking Sites That Parents of Adolescents Need to Know
Dr. David Wall, Ph.D., has written an article that was just accepted for publication in Journal of Psychiatric Research titled “Self-harm History Predicts Resistance to Inpatient Treatment of Body Shape Aversion in Women with Eating Disorders: The Role of Negative Affect.” Authors: Olantunji, B.O., Cox, R., Ebesutani, C., Wall, D. David Wall is a Licensed… Continue reading Dr. Wall: Article Accepted for Publication in Journal of Psychiatric Research
Venessa De La Cruz was the featured adoptive Mom last year with her family and now volunteers as a guest blogger for Raising Up One. She has experience with open adoption and is also a family therapist who works with adoptees and foster children. She is taking us on a 4 part series on open… Continue reading Venessa De la Cruz, LCSW, Writes a Blog on Adoption