How Do You Know When Your Teen’s Warning Signs are Really Red Flags?

By Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC   For parents with children who are suffering from a mental illness, it can be very difficult to know when their child’s problems are typical and manageable, and when those problems begin to endanger other people. There are warning signs you can watch for if you are concerned that there may… Continue reading How Do You Know When Your Teen’s Warning Signs are Really Red Flags?

Doorways Now Accepting New Patients in Intensive Outpatient Programs

A Note from Jan, Founder of Doorways:   I am excited to let you know that we are now accepting new patients for our Intensive Outpatient Programs at Doorways! These programs are highly successful as they offer an intensive, therapeutic approach to meet the individual’s needs. We are also contracted with Blue Cross Blue Shield and United… Continue reading Doorways Now Accepting New Patients in Intensive Outpatient Programs

Doorways Celebrates National Nurse Practitioners Week, November 10-16, 2013

Under proclamation by Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona officially recognizes National Nurse Practitioners Week on November 10-16, 2013. There are more than 150,000 licensed Nurse Practitioners in the United States, with over 5,000 Registered Nurse Practitioners in the state of Arizona! Nurse Practitioners see over six million patients annually in the United States, providing patient-centered, high-quality… Continue reading Doorways Celebrates National Nurse Practitioners Week, November 10-16, 2013

National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrated Nov 10-16

Nurse practitioners provide more than 155,000 solutions to the health care crisis National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrated Nov 10-16   As the health care provider shortage continues to top the national agenda, it is important that the public be aware that there are more than 155,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States who provide… Continue reading National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrated Nov 10-16

What is IOP?

To most people, there are two kinds of mental health treatment. First, there is inpatient treatment where you live at a facility for weeks to months and which includes treatment for chronic issues or addictions and secondly, Outpatient treatment, which is meeting with a group or an individual provider, typically once a week. Here at… Continue reading What is IOP?

Self-Harm Study Finds Kids as Young as 7 Cut, Burn, Hit Themselves

The study, just published in the journal Pediatrics, found nearly 8 percent of third-graders admitted to intentionally hurting themselves. About two-thirds told researchers they had done it more than once. Researchers discovered that children, even those as young as 7, found that causing physical pain helps them cope with emotional stress. The study found 4 percent of… Continue reading Self-Harm Study Finds Kids as Young as 7 Cut, Burn, Hit Themselves

How Do You Know Your Teenager is on Drugs?

As a counselor who works with teens and parents, this is one of the most common questions I am asked. Parents often struggle with this issue because the natural mood swings and personality changes that are a part of the teen years can make it difficult to determine if their child is acting normal or… Continue reading How Do You Know Your Teenager is on Drugs?

“Help! I Can’t Talk to My Teenager, He Says I Don’t Understand!”

By: Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC Every parent who has ever had a teenager understands this feeling.  It is a topic I get asked about a lot and a frequent topic in family therapy.  As teenagers grow, one of the fundamental changes they are making is the formulation of their own identity, separate and distinct from that… Continue reading “Help! I Can’t Talk to My Teenager, He Says I Don’t Understand!”