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 We Help: Individual Therapy in Wilderness Programs

It can be difficult to engage teenagers in meaningful conversations about change when traditional talk therapy often serves as a barrier in communication. Teens are often resistant to individual therapy as they struggle with expressing their emotions and opening up to authority figures. Therapists in wilderness therapy programs try to use creative strategies in individual …

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When Teens Aren’t Up to Talk: Helping An Antisocial Teenager

Teens who exhibit problematic social behaviors show reduced brain activity and weaker connectivity between the brain regions implicated in emotion regulation. Parenting an antisocial teenager can be tough sometimes. If you have never dealt with it yourself, it can be difficult to understand their struggles. Antisocial behavior may begin during childhood and if maintained during …

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Program for Defiant Teens: Why It May Be the Next Step for Your Child

When you have a teenager that’s struggling, it can begin to feel as if you have no options. Many families turn to traditional therapy–which can definitely help–but some find that nothing changes and their child continues to face challenges in life. This is when a program for defiant teens may be the next route. A …

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Fun Has Benefits, Too: Recreational Therapy Program for Teens

When you see the word “therapy,” what comes to mind? Probably an image of a person lying on a couch spouting off their issues and struggles in life to a therapist scribbling mysterious notes down–not theater, dance, or playing sports. You may not think of therapy as something that can be fun, but that’s exactly …

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Mental Health Treatment for Teens: Signs Your Child Needs Help

Mental health treatment for teens is incredibly important, but largely unused. This is partly because of the mental health stigma that permeates our society. Mental health issues are often viewed as embarrassing or unimportant, but they’re just as serious and nearly as common as other illnesses. So, what can you do as a parent? You …

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Understanding Therapy for Teen Grief, Sadness, and Depression

Some people think that the therapy for teen grief, depression, and sadness are all the same–but that’s wrong. Each diagnosis and each individual requires different treatments and therapy depending on their specific situation. This type of thinking also muddies the waters for those experiencing grief, sadness, or depression. It makes it harder to discern between …

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Mindfulness Based Therapy: The New Frontier for Treating Anxiety in Teens

Mindfulness based therapy seems to be the new, up and coming technique for changing thinking in adolescents. As more and more research comes out in support of it, more and more professionals and programs have been integrating it into their practices. ScienceDaily recently published an article overviewing yet another study showing the power of mindfulness …

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