- Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
- Nearly 20.9% of female high school students and 13.4% of male high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
- 50% of youth reporting dating violence and rape also reported attempting suicide. This is compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
- 57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger from domestic violence. Call 911 immediately. Otherwise, these resources may be used for instances where there is not urgent danger.
Maricopa County Domestic Violence Resources: Comprehensive list of domestic violence help in Maricopa and other counties. http://www.azlawhelp.org/articles_info.cfm?sc=4&mc=1&articleid=85
Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters in Maricopa County: https://www.azdes.gov/daas/community/dvcontractors
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
As teenagers get more responsibility, parents get more anxiety. The number of apps available for teens to talk to strangers online and send messages to friends without their parents knowing is only growing, but what about parents?
Here are 5 apps that may help to ease your anxiety about the increasing freedoms your teenager is getting. They vary in how invasive into your teens’ privacy they are, so you can choose what is best for your family.
Apps that track children’s whereabouts and online activity are controversial, so be sure to talk to your teen about it before installing it. However, this app could significantly reduce parent’s anxiety about what your teenager is up to. From your phone, you can see where your teen is on a map and be notified when they arrive or leave programmed locations. You can monitor their interactions on social media, including photos they post and comments they make. You can even monitor their driving with alerts to exceeded speed limits and a map that monitors their location. This is the ultimate app for peace of mind for parents.
- App Certain
If it is new apps for teens that have you worried, App Certain is the app for you. This app notifies you through email when your teenager downloads a new app and gives you a quick analysis of the app including its important functions and features. It also lets you know how much time your teen has spent using each app and you can set a curfew mode to limit time spent on non-essential apps.
If your concern is mainly what your teenager is looking at online, this app is perfect. It allows parents to see what websites your teen is accessing from either their computer or phone and lets you block certain sites. You can also receive a history of your teen’s online activities. The paid version has more invasive features that lets you monitor your teen’s text messages, see your teen’s location, and monitor their app use.
This app limits its scope to actual location. It shows its user a map and includes each child’s location with times associated to each one. See what time your teen was at each location and what time they left.
This app monitors all the activity on your teenager’s phone, including text messages, pictures, contact history, websites, GPS tracking, and apps. You can set time limits on apps or block certain apps and set up what alerts you want to receive. You can also see what websites they are accessing with their phones and block certain sites. This app is the ultimate app for mobile phone monitoring.
Whatever it is that has you worried – apps, phone communication, social media, online activity, or physical location of your teenager – there is an app for you. Discuss with your family how much freedom and privacy your teen should have and how much you would like to monitor their activity before finding a solution that everyone is comfortable with.
- Dangerous Social Networking Sites That Parents of Adolescents Need to Know (doorwaysarizona.com)
- 8 Text Acronyms Teens Use Behind Your Back – Busted! (doorwaysarizona.com)
- The Newest Teen “Addiction”: Smartphones (doorwaysarizona.com)
If your teenager has just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it can be a daunting and scary time. However, there are many resources and treatment available today to help those with bipolar disorder cope and live normal, healthy lives.
In fact, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, more than 6 million Americans have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The first step is to understand what it is your teenager has been diagnosed with.
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
According to Mental Health America, bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, it is a mental condition that involves episodes of mania and depression. Individuals diagnosed as bipolar suffer from great mood swings that usually begin in adolescence or young adulthood. No specific genetic link has been proven, but at least 80% of those who have it also have relatives that suffer from some sort of depression. It is caused by a biochemical imbalance in a person’s brain that cause alterations in their moods. This imbalance could be due to irregular hormone production or a problem with neurotransmitters.
What Symptoms Should I Expect?
Depending on the individual and specific diagnosis, different manifestations of mania and depression occur and at different rates. The symptoms of mania can last up to three months if untreated. This includes high energy, restlessness, euphoric feelings, irritability, anxiety, poor and reckless judgement, and grand plans or feeling of invincibility. A period of depression usually follows manic periods or can be triggered by life events, which is much like other depressive disorders. There is a loss of interest in activities, sadness, anxiety, change in appetite, and sometimes suicidal thoughts.
The treatment of symptoms is essential in coping with this disorder. Professionals will prescribe medication and often talk therapy with a licensed therapist is encouraged as well. Support from family and friends is extremely helpful as well, as is self help or support groups for both the individual who is suffering and the family members of someone who deals with the illness.
Receiving a diagnosis is not the end of your teenager’s life, but it does change it. The best way to cope is to become as educated as possible about the disorder and utilize all of the resources available to you when dealing with this illness. Always, if there is an emergency call 9-1-1, or if someone you love has thoughts of suicide, call 1(800)273–TALK.
May is Children’s Mental Health Month which is a great time to talk about where parents can find more information about the mental health conditions their adolescents may be struggling with. While there is no substitute for the expertise and information provided by a qualified mental health practitioner, this version of the ABCs can help parents learn more about the mental health conditions commonly seen in teenagers so they have the information they need in order to know when it is time to seek help, what questions to ask, and how to ensure their child or teenager gets the mental health support and services they need.
- What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD)? From the National Institute of Mental Health
- ADHD Overview from the Centers for Disease Control
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
- ADDitude Magazine archive
- Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: A Parent’s Guide from the National Institute of Mental Health
- Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder from WebMD.com
- Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology
- Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
- StopBullying.gov from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Bully-Proofing Your Kids from CNN
- How Parents, Teachers, and Kids Can Take Action to Prevent Bullying from the American Psychological Association
- Bullying: What Parents Can Do from the National Crime Prevention Council
Cutting and Self Harm
- Understanding Teen Cutting and Self Injury from Parenting.org
- Self Injury and Cutting from the Mayo Clinic
- Self Injury in Adolescents from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology
- A Silent Cry for Help: Understanding Self Harm from Psychology Today
- Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents from HelpGuide.com
- Depression in Teens from Mental Health America
- Teenage Depression: Prevention Begins with Parental Support from the Mayo Clinic
- Helping Your Teen with Depression from Medline Plus which is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
- Eating Disorders: Tips to Protect Your Teen from the Mayo Clinic
- What are Eating Disorders? From the National Institute of Mental Health
- National Eating Disorders Association website
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAND) website
Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder
- What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder from Teen Mental Health
- Panic Disorder in Children and Adolescents from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology
- Panic Disorder from Teen Mental Health
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology
- OCD in Children and Teens from the International OCD Foundation
- Child and Adolescent OCD from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
- OCD in Teens from Beyond OCD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- PTSD in Children and Teens from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- PTSD isn’t Just a War Wound, Teens Suffer Too from National Public Radio
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Teens from the U.S. Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health as published in the journal World Psychiatry
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website
- Preventing Youth Suicide – Tips for Parents and Educators from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Teen Suicide is Preventable from the American Psychological Association
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Eating Disorder Resources (doorwaysarizona.com)
- 4 Things Parents Can Do to Support Their Teen with ADHD (doorwaysarizona.com)
- How Can I Help My Self-Harming Teenager? (doorwaysarizona.com)
Trusted information for parents and teens who are dealing with eating disorders.
General Eating Disorder Resources
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) – The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, we campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
- National Association of Anorexia and Related Disorders – “The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. is a non-profit (501 c 3) corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors. ANAD promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families and professionals.”
- National Institutes of Mental Health, Eating Disorders – Publication of the National Institutes of Mental Health providing an overview of eating disorders and links to other government resources.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Eating Disorders – “NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.”
- Binge Eating Disorder Association – “Founded in 2008, the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) is a national organization focused on providing leadership, recognition, prevention, and treatment of BED and associated weight stigma. Through outreach, education and advocacy, BEDA will facilitate increased awareness and proper diagnosis of BED, and promote excellence in care for those who live with, and those who treat, binge eating disorder and its associated conditions. BEDA is committed to promoting cultural acceptance of, and respect for, the natural diversity of sizes, as well as promoting a goal of improved health, which may or may not include weight change.”
- Finding Balance – Finding Balance is the world’s largest media-based resource for people seeking balance with food and body image.
- International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP) – recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems.
- Anorexia Nervosa, NEDA – Overview, symptoms, warning signs, health consequences, and statistics.
- Anorexia Nervosa, Mayo Clinic – Overview, signs, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis information
- Anorexia Nervosa, ANAD – Overview, signs, and symptoms.
- Anorexia Nervosa, Helpguide.org – Provides in-depth information on the illness, causes, signs, symptoms, and treatments.
- Bulimia Nervosa, NEDA – Overview, symptoms, warning signs, health consequences, and statistics.
- Bulimia Nervosa Fact Sheet, Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Overview, profile, causes, prognosis, affect on pregnancy, and ways to help.
- Bulimia Nervosa, Mayo Clinic – Overview, signs, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis information
- Bulimia Nervosa, Medline Plus from the National Institutes of Health – Overview, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and complications.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
- Binge Eating Disorder, NEDA – Overview, symptoms, warning signs, health consequences, and statistics.
- Binge Eating Disorder, Mayo Clinic – Overview, signs, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis information
- Understanding BED, Binge Eating Disorder Association – Characteristics, causes, symptoms, complications, treatment, and prognosis
Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
- EDNOS, NEDA – Overview, symptoms of anorexia and bulimia, examples of EDNOS.
- EDNOS, NAMI – Overviews, signs, causes, treatment, and prevention information.