a teen asks her mom does psychotherapy work

Does Psychotherapy Work?

You’ve probably come across psychotherapy as an option for treating substance abuse or a co-occurring mental health disorder. Have you ever wondered, “Does psychotherapy work?” If your teenager needs to talk to someone, why can’t they just turn to their parents, guidance counselor, or a trusted friend? Psychotherapy is useful for treating a number of…

a girl worries about her anxiety after drinking

Why Do I Have Anxiety After Drinking?

One of the common misconceptions among teens is that drinking is entirely normal and not a problem. While it’s true that many teens will experiment with alcohol, many end up struggling with alcohol abuse. Teens are much more likely to experience dependence on alcohol when they abuse it. This can lead to difficulties quitting, and…

A sad teen thinks about common myths about suicide

Common Myths About Suicide

Suicide. Just hearing this word can evoke a range of emotions. For many people, the initial reaction to hearing about suicide is discomfort or fear. Often times, our behavior is to automatically deny that suicide is an issue that affects us personally; or we may simply ignore it and hope the problem goes away on…

A girl thinks about her issues during cognitive behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder

Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder Effective?

Effective treatment for bipolar disorder is as varied as the individuals who suffer from the condition. People with this type of mental illness usually benefit from lifelong treatment. Clinicians often use a combination of psychotherapy and medication to help people manage their symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder is one example of a type…

A teen girl that needs to know how to stop an anxiety attack

How to Stop an Anxiety Attack

Your teen is running the gauntlet every day. Athletics competitions, team tryouts, and tests are the realities of daily life. And these are in addition to budding romances, peer group pressures, and struggles at home. If your teen’s struggling with anxiety, here’s how to stop an anxiety attack. Understand Where the Anxiety Comes From First,…

A teen boy learns about the comorbidity of his substance abuse and mental health disorders during treatment

What is Comorbidity?

As you look for the right addiction treatment for your teen, you may run across the term “comorbidity.” But what does this mean? How does it influence the type of treatment your teen needs? Comorbidity is another term for the “co-occurring conditions” of addiction and mental illness. This means the addiction started with mental problems…