signs of a suicidal teenager

Suicidal Signs in Teens

One of the more alarming societal trends in recent years is the escalation in the rates of suicide among teens. In fact, teen suicide has increased by over 30% in individuals ages 15-19 since 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In this environment, parents are right to express concern when their own child […]

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Inpatient Treatment for Teens Los Angeles

“Troubled teen,” what a disparaging term that is. This widely used label only serves to minimize what could be a serious mental health crisis, or stigmatize a teen who is simply struggling with typical teenage angst. Without a doubt, passing through the tumultuous phase of adolescence can cause emotional strife and behavioral upheaval. If, however, […]

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Teenage Depression and Self Harm

Parents of teens who engage in self-harming behaviors usually had no clue that it was going on. Teens who do self-harm are usually discreet about these practices, hiding the signs of self-injury under long sleeve shirts and pants. But many parents first become curious that something might be going on when their adolescent refuses to […]

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Teenage Psychiatric Evaluation and Stabilization

There are abundant reasons why a teenager might seem to be in the throes of emotional distress. These tumultuous years are, at the least, marked by moodiness and drama, and by depression and social anxiety at the more serious end. Hormonal fluctuations, school-related stressors, social issues, and difficult family events such as a divorce or […]

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Residential OCD Treatment for Teens

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health disorder than often emerges in childhood or early teen years. The disorder can manifest itself in thoughts and behaviors that are disruptive to the teen’s daily activities and concerning to parents. When the OCD disorder becomes unmanageable, even under the care of a psychiatrist, then residential OCD treatment for […]

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What Teenagers Need During a Pandemic

When most of us think about the coronavirus pandemic we are considering its effects from an adult frame of mind. We worry about the practical issues like having enough food in the pantry or toilet paper in the house to get us through the crisis. But the coronavirus is impacting teens in a significant way, […]

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Why the Cinnamon Challenge Is Dangerous

Ahh, the perennial allure of the dare.  Kids and teens have always been known to lay down the gauntlet with a dare, or even a double-dog dare, as part and parcel of the childhood experience.  This silly practice of taunting another to go through with some daring exploit has seldom led to a serious health […]

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Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers for Depression

Teen depression is a serious and often misunderstood mental health condition that should never be ignored.  Understandably, many parents chalk up their teen’s persistent low mood as just a typical teenage trait, right up there with hormone fluctuations and social angst.  In most cases, moodiness in teens is indeed a feature of that stage of […]

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Help for Feelings of Isolation in Teens During the Coronavirus with These 5 Tips

Teens were already feeling lonely before we even had to lockdown in our homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teen rates of anxiety and depression had been steadily climbing for years, and a major driver of these mental health conditions was loneliness. Social media and text messaging has overtaken face-to-face communication, an insufficient replacement for […]

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Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization

With teens, who by nature are moody and unpredictable, it is sometimes difficult to read their emotional state correctly.  There is a vast difference between an adolescent who is in a foul mood, sad about a specific social incident, or nervous about an exam and a teen experiencing serious emotional distress.  When a teen begins […]