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Self-harm: Why My Daughter Does It and How Can I Help?

Self-harm: Why does my daughter do it and what can I do to help?   Me: Why do you think that you self-harm?   Student: “I like it.” “It helps me feel better.” “It makes me numb.” “It helps me to feel something.” “I use it to punish myself.” “I use it to punish others.”…

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Understanding Self-Harm

  Self harm is very seldom understood by those not struggling with it. It may seem unnecessary or even counterproductive to those on the outside. Explaining the drive to self harm is just as difficult for those suffering from it. When talking with those that have self harmed, a common theme is that ‘it doesn’t…

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Talking Through A Crisis

Blog Article: Talking Through a Crisis   Have you ever thought, “I don’t know what to do in a crisis”, “what can I say”, or “I’m afraid I’ll only make it worse”? We know that a crisis can affect anyone at any time. We are often glad when we have professional resources to help us.…

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Back to Basics: Supporting Teens and Loved Ones with Depression

As a supporter of a family member suffering from depression, I know how difficult it can be. The worry, exhaustion, frustrations, concerns, and pain can become overwhelming.  Supporting loved ones with depression can be confusing. Why are they so sad? Why don’t they enjoy things they used to? Why don’t they have energy or motivation?…

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Anxiety: My Experience Working with Teenage Girls

“I can’t go to school today.” “I’m not getting out of bed.” “I’d rather just read a book and be left alone” “I don’t want to talk about it.” “I can’t handle this.” “I’m so scared.” “I don’t know how to talk to people.” “I feel so alone.” Working in residential treatment since 2008, I…

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Maintaining Hope at New Haven

Some might say that being a maintenance man at an all girls residential treatment center may not play a role in the students’ treatment or care, but I would disagree.  I have worked at New Haven Residential Treatment Center for the past seven years. For me, maintaining the property holds the same responsibility as the…

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Sexting Addiction Treatment for Teenage Girls

Becky gets home from an awful day at school.  She hates everything about her day.  Her teachers are hard and give her tons of homework.  She feels left out and has very few friends. She wants to get attention from boys, but doesn’t like her body and is convinced that nobody else does either. When she…

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Teenage Mental Health Issues

Misdiagnosed behavioral and emotional issues are common among adolescents and young adults.  Mental health diagnoses are relatively subjective and the data used to make them—behavioral observations in various settings, psychometric assessments, and self-reported symptoms—are often unreliable or incomplete. “Our therapist chalked up Marnie’s dramatic outbursts to normal adolescent acting out.  But they never got better,…

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