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5 Ways to Treat Trauma

When a teen undergoes a traumatic experience, the best way to help them is by identifying treatment options. Traumas such as sexual abuse, bullying, grief, and witnessing violence can leave teens feeling isolated, fearful, and in some cases, totally withdrawn. When teens feel that they cannot release their pain, they often end up facing anxiety…

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Is Childhood Trauma Permanent?

Imagine witnessing constant violence in your life. How do you believe that would impact your emotional stability? For children who have experienced traumatic experiences, the memories can be long-lasting. It is not uncommon for trauma to lead to anxiety or depression in young adults. In some cases, trauma, anxiety, and depression combined can lead to…

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Partial Hospitalization Program vs. Residential Program

The teen years are naturally challenging. Young adults and their families realize that they are no longer children and not yet adults. Teens are discovering and acknowledging their identities and planning for their futures. Yet along the way, nearly 25% of American adolescents are sometimes met with challenges such as mental health or substance use…

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Is OCD Curable?

Imagine constantly feeling like you need to remain clean, so you wash your hands repeatedly to avoid feeling dirty or feel like you have to hoard food in your closet or under your bed to not worry about being hungry. These are examples of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental health disorder that emerges in childhood…

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What Is OCD?

We’ve heard of teens obsessed with video games and seemingly cannot do anything else. Is this a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Although sometimes, it can just be a passion or enjoyable pastime, some teens genuinely do suffer from OCD. Psychology Today even suggests video games can irritate OCD symptoms. If your teen is showing…

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Anxiety vs. Panic Disorder

The teenage years come with nervousness, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. Teens are continually establishing their identity, realizing that they are growing up and, even more importantly, learning that they are about to be adults. No longer children, teenagers are just one step away from adulthood. As such, it is essential to understand the difference between…

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Surf Therapy for Teens Struggling with Addiction in LA

Surfing is a sport where someone uses a board to ride ocean waves. In recent years, experts are finding that surf therapy improves both adolescents’ physical and psychosocial health. If a young adult in your life loves water and needs an outlet to help support their substance use or mental health disorder treatment, why not…

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The Art of Life: Painting a New Beginning

Recent data reveals that teen drug use has jumped an estimated 61 percent between 2010 and 2020. While some teens are experimenting, substance use cannot be ignored–teens need an outlet to deal with their emotions. Creative expression has the power to help young adults overcome substance use and mental health disorders. In particular, art therapy…