a teen wonders what are mood disorders and if she has one

What Are Mood Disorders and Does My Teen Have One?

The teen years are often marked by an assortment of mood-related changes. With every action they take, they are preparing for the next phase of their lives: adulthood. From changing bodies, developing their own beliefs, and even setting goals for the future, adolescence can be an exciting and anxiety-ridden time for teens. What happens when…

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Benefits of Adolescent-Specific Rehab

If your teen is showing signs of a substance use disorder, admitting they need help might feel impossible. Some parents blame themselves and are afraid to “punish” their child. Some parents have trouble telling the difference between experimentation and chemical dependence. If your child’s life is becoming derailed due to drugs and alcohol, a residential…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

When someone has a physical issue or disorder, it’s hard for people not to notice. Many times, the individual’s pain and suffering are apparent. However, with a mental disorder, the individual suffers in silence. We sometimes forget how lucky we are that depression and anxiety are but temporary issues in our lives. That’s not the…

a girl looks stressed as she thinks about her teen depression and drug use

Teen Depression and Drug Use

Feelings of sadness can occur at any time and at any age. According to Psych Central, roughly 10 to 15 percent of children and teenagers are depressed at any particular time. This can lead to co-occurring teen depression and drug use. Although it is not uncommon for individuals at any age to develop mild to…

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Teen Alcohol and Drug Use

A potent mix of hormonal changes, growing independence, and still-developing brain structures make the teenage years particularly difficult. These difficulties lead to teen alcohol and drug use. Many adults look back on their teen years as a particularly challenging rite of passage, and today’s teens face even more pressures than their parents’ generation. With the…

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Symptoms of Depression

Clinical depression has become increasingly common among adolescents. In fact, there has been a 37% increase in clinical depression among Americans ages 12 to 17 between 2005 and 2014. In the past year, more than 3 million adolescents experienced at least one episode of depression. Overall, the prevalence of depression among adolescents has continued to increase dramatically since the…

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How to Help a Teen With Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the United States and 7.1% of children ages 3 to 17 have been diagnosed with an anxiety-related disorder. Anxiety-related conditions are also becoming more common among children ages 6-17, increasing in prevalence by 0.9% between 2007 and 2011. Although anxiety disorders are common, less than 60% of children diagnosed with…

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Teen Suicide and Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in America. Thus, it is a major factor in suicide becoming the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24. Suicide rates among Americans ages 15 to 19 has increased by more than 40% since 2000, making teen suicide and depression a major problem…

a teen girl looks sad as she thinks about her substance induced mood disorder

What Is a Substance Induced Mood Disorder?

As you seek rehab treatment for your teen, you possibly wonder, “What is a substance induced mood disorder?” This type of mood disorder is one caused by your young person’s substance abuse. Drugs, alcohol and even prescribed medications sometimes cause depression. Many people call this the “crash” of their hangover or morning after their substance…