Anxiety in Teens

Posted by Nevin Alderman | Anxiety, Therapeutic/Clinical | anxiety parenting Puberty teens 0 Comments

The Shock of Puberty One of the most anxiety-provoking times of life for children and their parents occurs when the child reaches puberty. Puberty is a confusing hormonal, neurological, and social event in which life is turned upside down and everything, it seems, changes all at once. During puberty, teenagers have the daunting task of separating […]

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Everyday Family Wellness: Volunteering

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While volunteering to help others may not seem like a sophisticated mental-health technique, those who engage in community service tend to weigh less, have fewer health problems, and report a higher measure of subjective happiness than those who don’t.

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Everyday Family Wellness: Meals Together

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Rather than suddenly corralling the family for seven nights of regimented dining, though, ease into it if it’s not already a habit. One or two nights a week is a great start. Make it fun by cooking something everyone will like (or even ordering in) and try to make dinner time fit everyone’s schedule to the extent you can. This approach is more likely to leave your family wanting more, rather than less, of this healthy family habit.

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Everyday Family Wellness: Living Rooms

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This series of blogs is designed to serve as a reminder of some basic building blocks for emotional and behavioral health. These are not treatment modalities with fancy names or reams of clinical research. These are simple lifestyle choices that can help you and your family feel and function better.

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Balancing a Teen’s Confidentiality with a Parent’s Need to Know

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Treatment 101 | confidentiality family therapy parenting parents privacy teenager teens 0 Comments

When a teen or young adult enters residential treatment, parents are often surprised to learn the extent to which their child’s confidentiality is protected by the clinical staff.

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The Adoption Cluster: Abandonment, Attachment and Trauma in Teens

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Attachment, Trauma & PTSD | abandonment adoption attachment RAD reactive attachment disorder teens treatment 0 Comments

We’re finding that adopted kids often struggle with attachment—the ability to connect effectively with others and form sustainable “attached” relationships. We now know that a child’s attachment to her mother starts in the womb, so even a child adopted at birth can experience severe attachment disruption later on in life.

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Stressed-out Teen? Talk to Spot!

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Animal Experience, Anxiety | adolescent anxiety anxious mental health stress stressors teen teenager teens therapeutic pet 0 Comments

While most pet dogs have just a few stress triggers that come and go with just enough frequency to make their day interesting, their unfortunate owners have created a world of constant stress. For teens in particular—who are emotionally charged to begin with and haven’t yet learned to cope with adult stressors—there’s an almost never ending list of stress triggers constantly circling, threatening, taunting. Tests, gossip, competitions, pimples, mean girls, family stress, a learning disability, an over-scheduled life…teens have a lot to deal with.

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Troubled Teen to Troubled Adult

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Treatment 101 | 17+ family mental health teen teens therapy treatment young adult 0 Comments

Our culture equips young people with instantaneous access to most of the rights and burdens of adulthood exactly at midnight on the 364th day of their 17th year. As a result many young adults enter adulthood unprepared, hence the “failure to launch” epidemic we’re all too familiar with.

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Family Crisis = Opportunity to Grow

Following a family crisis–while your still open, flexible and a little messy inside—is the best time to break the old habits that festered into dysfunction in the first place and create some new ones. The good news is that a lot of personal growth work can be awfully nice! Following are several areas to explore that can complement the intervention, treatment, therapy and medication your family has just experienced, leading to longer-term healing instead of just emotional triage.

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A Blue Home is a Happy Home

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eenagers are drawn to whatever’s fastest, easiest, edgiest, biggest, newest or “best.” Hence the teenager’s penchant for extreme music, extreme hairstyles and extreme sports. As a teen’s brain develops, whole new cognitive worlds open up; pushing the envelope is, in part, a way of exploring these new realms. It’s also a teenager’s developmental prerogative to create a distinct and independent identity, which provides another incentive for exploring extremes.

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