Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis

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If you have a teenager, you have seen them go through significant changes in friends, interests, and personality. Whether it’s stonewalling or throwing tantrums, there are going to be emotional extremes. Here are some principles to help families in mental health crisis. Recognize the Pattern First things first, realize your child most likely has some […]

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IS MY TEEN AT RISK FOR VIOLENCE?

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Emotional Outbursts, Tips for Families | 0 Comments

In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School this week, many parents are asking not only how they can keep their children safe from violence, but how they can keep their children from turning violent. “I asked my 15 year-old son what he thought about the shooting,” a friend told me at […]

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Willpower Exercises for Struggling Teens

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Emotional Outbursts, Treatment 101 | adolescent compulsion procrastinate struggling teen willpower 0 Comments

According to Dr. Kelly McGongal, a health psychologist and Stanford University instructor, self control isn’t something you either have or don’t have. It’s a strength that can be developed over time; like a muscle, your self control can be exercised to make it stronger. She also reminds us that lapses are normal and should be treated as such; normalizing these failings can help them have less power to discourage us…less power to push us deeper into victimhood.

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PARENTING TEENS: ADDRESSING YOUR OWN ANGER

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Emotional Outbursts, Tips for Families | anger anger management parenting teen troubled teen 0 Comments

If your teenager is having difficulties, chances are she’s also causing difficulties—especially for those who love her the most. Parents of emotionally troubled teens often suffer just as much or even more than their struggling child. It’s the instinct of all good parents to put the needs of their children first. In a crisis, it’s normal (if heroic) parental behavior to abandon their own well being in order to protect, assist or rescue their child.

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Emotional Dysregulation and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Emotional Outbursts, Therapeutic/Clinical | 0 Comments

Many young people who suffer from disorders such as borderline personality disorder or intense depression have great difficulty regulating their emotions.

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