oppositional defiance treatment

When Does My Teen with ODD Need Oppositional Defiance Treatment?

Some level of teens pushing back against their parents is to be expected during adolescence. It means they’re learning boundaries and consequences and trying to exercise greater autonomy. While teen angst is relatively normal, it can be difficult for a parent to discern between regular angst and signs of mental health issues, like oppositional defiant …

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Boredom Leads to Risky Behaviors for Troubled Teens

With the rise of social media, teens are filling more of their leisure time with technology than structured social activities. While they are constantly refreshing their feed for new posts, the process of infinite scrolling can become boring. One risk of boredom is creating a disconnect between acts of relief from boredom they can choose …

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How to Approach Early Intervention for Behavior Issues

While adolescence may just be “a phase” of your child’s lifespan, their behaviors during this period influence their coping mechanisms, interests, and relationships throughout their lifetime. In comparison to adulthood, behavior issues during adolescence result in fewer direct consequences. However, when emotional issues underlying behavioral issues are left untreated, consequences tend to compound in adulthood. …

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Social Media and Mental Health: The Strive for Likes on Social Media

What if people could not like our posts on social media? Would we still post as much as we do now? Instagram recently proposed that hiding the ability to see other people’s likes on social might be better for users’ mental health. Technology isn’t addictive because we crave the information it offers, but rather because …

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Preventing Self Harm in Teens: Turning Self-Destruction into Self-Compassion

There is a difference between self-harm and suicidal ideation, however teens who are suicidal are more likely to self-harm.  About one in six teenagers have self-harmed at least once. By adulthood, only about one in twenty have continued to self-harm, usually on a less frequent basis. Preventing self-harm in teens identifies the problem earlier and …

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Struggling To Fit In: Helping Socially Withdrawn Teenagers

During adolescence, individuals begin to deepen their connections with their peers and build intimacy, but high school can be an intense time for social pressure, where socially withdrawn teenagers struggle to feel like they fit in. While identity exploration is about figuring out who you are and who you want to be, it usually happens …

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