As some common drugs of abuse – such as alcohol – become less popular among teens, the risk of prescription drug abuse is increasing.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 16.5% of teens report abusing prescription drugs at some point in life. Of those, 10.9% say they have done so within the past year and 4.9% say they have done so within the past month.
How Does Prescription Abuse Among Teens Start...
Why Dr. Phil Says 15-Year-Old Shouldn’t Go Back To His Parents’ Home ‘Right Now’
Fifteen-year-old Cole has been kicked out of multiple schools and isn’t allowed to live at home because his parents, Josh and Lena, claim he’s angry, violent, steals, drinks, smokes marijuana, and bullies his younger siblings.
Offering Cole the choice to attend Wingate Wilderness Therapy in Utah, a residential program f...
As the teen years set in, conflicts and arguments tend to increase.
Among the most challenging issues are “power struggles” – that is, disagreements around roles, responsibilities, and restrictions in the parent-child relationship.
The first thing to know is this is a completely normal part of development.
The second is that it’s okay to feel worried or overwhelmed when this shift starts. It can seem very sudd...
Where does that rooted desire come from – that steadfast and resolute determination to successfully prepare your teenager for adulthood? Perhaps it is innate and evolutionary in nature, for a prosperous grown child is more capable of caring for elderly parents. However, the origin may be biological, with the emotions and hormones that come with parenthood resulting in such desires. Then again, your longing for your child’s r...
Hollywood has created a misleading popular image of PTSD – one that deeply mischaracterizes what sufferers go through and what PTSD looks like to others.
All in all, nearly 8% of Americans will experience PTSD. The majority of those pose no threat to those around them, but they do face profound daily challenges.
Can teens and even younger adolescents have PTSD? The answer is yes.
How Does PTSD Develop?
Post-Traumatic Stress Di...
Social anxiety is a psychological condition that can cause fear in a range of social situations. The sufferer may freeze up, find it difficult to speak, or experience rapid heartbeat.
In very serious cases, social anxiety can cause debilitating panic.
Social anxiety is difficult to untangle because it is self-reinforcing. Intense nervousness or self-consciousness interfere with the ability to learn from a social situation and see that...
As teens develop, the emotional and social changes they experience can leave them prone to act out in ways traditionally described as entitlement. Although there are many definitions for it, it boils down to an inability to manage emotions around disappointment, frustration, and failure.
To avoid the challenges unpleasant experiences create, teens sometimes behave in demanding and uncompromising ways. These episodes might even include ...
When children are young, they benefit a great deal from structure and routine.
These help make the world more predictable and easier to navigate at the time when it is most confusing.
As youths develop into teens, they become more able to manage ambiguity in life. Soon, they reach a point where they want to stretch their limits and actively seek the unknown.
Testing limits is an important part of growth and development. For example, ...
About 15 million people every year suffer from depression in the United States. It is one of the most complex psychological issues anyone can face and affects all age groups: From adolescents to elders, depression captures sufferers in a seemingly inescapable cage of sadness.
Depression is a web of many factors. We know, for example, that brain chemistry plays a role. Recent research has pointed to other biological factors, includ...