When it comes to teen suicide, there is no such thing as being too cautious, too concerned, or too vigilant. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 2 million adolescents in the U.S. attempt suicide each year and 2,000 succeed. With an estimated 2.6% of students exhibiting suicidal behavior that required… Continue reading 7 Signs Your Teen May Be Having Suicidal Thoughts
The teenage years can be tumultuous for every family which is one of the reasons so many parents struggle with understanding when their teenager’s behavior is normal and when it points to a problem. This is especially true when the problem is clinical depression. Teenagers are moody. To parents, it can seem like they are… Continue reading How to Tell if Your Teenager is Depressed
When we first work with a new client, one of our goals is to find the right program to help that person overcome whatever obstacles they are facing. In many cases, our work with teenagers leads to a recommendation that some form of family counseling be incorporated into the program. When this recommendation is made,… Continue reading Family Counseling Provides a Foundation
No parent ever wants to have to wonder if someone is hurting their child. Unfortunately, statistics show that this kind of abuse is prevalent enough that every parent needs to know the warning signs and what to do if they suspect someone is abusing their child. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1… Continue reading Signs of Sex Abuse in Teens
There are many things that parents aspire to teach to their teens, but being a quitter isn’t usually one of them. However, when it comes to smoking and tobacco use, helping teens become quitters is the best thing parents can do. On November 15th, the American Cancer Society sponsored the 37th annual Great American Smokeout,… Continue reading Why Parents Should Help Their Teens Become Quitters
Overview No matter what statistics you look at, it’s clear that substance abuse by adolescents is a major public health concern. Although recent years have seen the percent of adolescents who are abusing substances level off, there are some disturbing trends in which teenagers are using and how early they are starting to use. When… Continue reading Adolescent Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know
Overview Statistics about college students and substance abuse are cause for alarm. According to a report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse atColumbiaUniversitypublished in 2007, half of all college students binge drink and/or abuse both prescription and illicit drugs. One out of every four college students meets the medical criteria for substance… Continue reading Substance Abuse in College Students
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?