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Category: Therapeutic Programs

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 10 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
depression on college application

Between the ages of 13 and 18, approximately 20% of American adolescents will deal with some form of mental illness. Under this umbrella falls anything from minor depression or anxiety all the way to potentially more serious conditions like pediatric schizophrenia or post traumatic stress disorder. For many, dealing with a mental health condition will negatively impact their high school career in some way, potentially impacting areas such as academic performance, school attendance, teacher relationships, and extracurricular involvement. Given the prevalence of mental illness among teenagers, a significant number of high school seniors are faced with a difficult choice each ...

Posted Oct. 10, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
how to help your add teen towards independence

Parenting a child with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is often a roller-coaster of emotions, and the thought of them beginning to take those first strides towards independence is usually enough to evoke sheer panic. Becoming self-sufficient and accountable for your own actions is hard for any teenager, but throwing ADD into the mix makes it all the more challenging. However, if you start to implement routines and offer help from early adolescence (if not sooner), your child will find the road to independence far less bumpy. How to Guide Your Teen with ADD towards Independence Allow Them Room to Grow ...

Posted June 9, 2014, 1 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
Residential Treatment: The Next Step to Conquer Teen Substance Abuse

Having personally witnessed the struggles of battling teen alcohol and drug addiction in my own extended family, I understand first-hand that successful substance abuse treatment involves many factors. Of course, it is imperative that each teen’s treatment plan is not only individualized to their specific needs, but also involves a great deal of individual and group therapy, support by the entire family, a long-term plan involving the community, and the right residential treatment center. Russ Pryor, Associate Executive Director of Uinta Academy and LCSW, explains, “Most teens are struggling with identity and are trying to fit in. Teens who are ...

Posted April 23, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Heroin Epidemic Invades the Suburbs

In the last five years, heroin use has exploded throughout the United States. This is no secret—high profile celebrities such as Corey Monteith and Phillip Seymour Hoffman died from heroin overdoses, and heroin use is now referred to as an epidemic in multiple states. Once known as a cheap, impure, dirty drug, heroin has made its way into suburban, middle-class neighborhoods. For the first time ever, teenagers and young adults make up a majority of heroin users and deaths—some start using as early as 12 or 13. Teenagers and Heroin In the past, the average age for most heroin deaths ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 11:13 a.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
Teaching Your ADHD Teen Appropriate Computer Behavior

Is your child one of the 10.4 Million children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD? According to a recent study, the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has risen dramatically by 66% since 2000. What is ADHD? ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders today. Usually, it is first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may exhibit problems paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors by acting without thinking about what the consequence will be, or be overly active. These kids may also have a trouble regulating attention by over focusing. They may have a ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 3:44 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
Helping Your Teen Through the First Semester of College

I have spent the past few weeks meeting with college freshmen and their families. This is such a bittersweet time, as first semester freshmen get to come home and relax for a few short weeks. Many of the students are soaring and loving college. Others are having a challenging time. Helping Your Teen Through the First Semester of College These are 10 resolutions to help those who came home sad from their first semester. 1. Go through the winter term and/or spring schedules. Make sure they have a balanced course-load so they are not taking too many hard classes at ...

Posted March 19, 2014, 11:11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Resolution of ADHD?

Disclaimer: I do not have ADD or ADHD, nor does anyone in my immediate family. Therefore, I cannot hope to know the true feeling of living with the disorders. I can only use my writing platform to objectively explore this important issue. Sorry. No supercool anecdote to start this one. No layman's definition to clarify my point. No early reference to the Times. We've come to the end of this short series, you and I, and it's time for me to think back to what we've learned, tie up all the loose ends, and make my point. It's time to ...

Posted March 18, 2014, 4:50 p.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Treating ADHD

This is Part Two of a three part series on ADD and ADHD. A disclaimer: I do not have ADD or ADHD, nor does anyone in my household. I cannot hope to know exactly what it is to live with these conditions, but can only use my writing platform to objectively look at the full issue. BEFORE WE BEGIN: A Definition of Stimulants: Stimulants are a class of drugs used to treat ADD and ADHD, as they can help improve focus. The medications used for treatment are called amphetamines. In the same class (as specified by the DEA) are other ...

Posted March 18, 2014, 4:39 p.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Diagnosis of ADD

This is is part one of a three part series on ADD and ADHD. I do not have either of those conditions, nor does anyone in my immediate family. I cannot hope to truly know what it is to live with ADD/ADHD, but can only use my writing platform to objectively explore the issue. A brief explanation of ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, is characterized by impulsivity and distractibility. When paired with hyperactivity, it is ADHD. Common diagnostic procedure for these conditions (as set by the DSM - a book governing psychiatric diagnosis) is the use of a checklist. ...

Posted March 8, 2014, 11 a.m. by Debra Bradley Ruder | View Comments
Teen Depression

George was in middle school when something inside him changed. He was bored in school and had few friends. Sleeping was a challenge. He wished he’d never been born—because he wouldn’t feel so awful. Finally, he spoke up to his parents, and together they realized he might be suffering from depression. They got professional help, and after several months of medication and talk therapy, George began to feel like himself again. “Kids with depression think nobody else goes through it,” says George, now in college. “You feel like nobody knows you. Having [professionals] who understood what I was going through ...

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