teens with trauma

Working Through Body Memories in Teens with Trauma

In a therapy session, psychologists often notice that teenagers may become visibly upset even if their tone is even and the story they are telling is well-organized. This phenomenon often puzzles psychologists, who struggle to find strategies to help teens with trauma work through these body memories, especially if they are not entirely aware that …

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teen with ADHD

Benefits of a Wilderness Therapy Program for Teen with ADHD

As children with ADHD enter adolescence, they are more likely to experience behavior problems as they tend to think outside the box. Many parents express concerns about traditional treatment options for ADHD, like medication management, especially if their teen is beginning to experiment with other substances. Wilderness therapy is a powerful option for teens with …

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Wilderness Therapy Helps Build Confidence in Girls with Low Self Esteem

There’s a big difference between saying that you “can’t” do something and acknowledging that you haven’t done it before. Many girls that struggle with low self-esteem have been discouraged by past experiences or are fearful about trying new things because they are scared that they won’t be able to do something the way they want …

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What Makes blueFire Wilderness Therapy Unique?

blueFire Wilderness Therapy offers a unique style of residential treatment for struggling teens. There are a number of treatment options for teens struggling with mental health issues and risky behaviors, but many programs are designed to treat one or the other, rather than the intersection of these issues. According to a recent study, teens who …

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Boys and Girls Appreciate Values Learned From Adventure Activities

We generally assume that there are gender differences that explain why teens appreciate organized sports. Girls seek out activities for the social aspects, while boys chase opportunities for competition, right? According to a new study that analyzed determinants that make outdoor activities fun for teens, teens tend to be drawn to activities that teach them …

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Overlap Between Depression and Anxiety in Troubled Teens

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health struggles that teens experience. There may be some overlap in symptoms, but depression and anxiety in troubled teens are different conditions that commonly occur together. More than 40% of teens who struggle with one disorder struggle with the other. The University of British Columbia offers a …

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physical activity and depression

Your Teen Is Not Lazy: Depression Affects Physical Activity

When your teen seems to be spending more time in bed or sitting around the house, it can be frustrating that they turn down your suggestions to go outside or get moving. Physical activity has been consistently shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and wellbeing. It is often recommended …

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Benefits of Wilderness Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

As temperatures drop and daylight hours shorten in the winter, many people’s moods and energy level tend to be lower as well. While researchers are unsure of what exactly causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), some theories suggest it is light affecting the hormone called melatonin. Seasonal affective disorder impacts individuals differently- some experience more mild …

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