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...
Emotional resilience is a challenging part of growing up.
Early in life, having emotional needs met lays the foundation for all mental development. Love physically affects a child. It influences key brain structures and it also helps form the personality.
Emotional fulfillment early in life can have all these benefits:
Improved stress regulation
Better emotional processing
Higher performance in school
Superior short-term memory
Personal commitments are often associated with simple wants or desires; however, true personal commitment holds deeper value because it does not accept complete failure as an option. It is true that casual desires or goals have the potential to motivate action, but such action is conditional. That is, a person will only seek to achieve a superficial desire when the circumstance surrounding it is ideal or easy. On the contrary, individua...
Anger is one of the basic emotions hardwired into the human brain.
Anger can sometimes be scary – for both the person experiencing it and people around him or her – but there is nothing wrong or shameful about feeling angry now and then.
Anger is natural, and it can even be helpful. For example, anger can alert you to unfair treatment or to behavior that goes against your sense of right and wrong.
However, some people fal...
Self-image is an important part of mental health for teens and young adults. Positive self-image helps young people tackle life’s challenges with greater resiliency and inner strength. But what is it, really – and how can loved ones foster better self-image?
Understanding Self-Image and How it Affects Daily Life
Self-image is a person’s entire conception of his or her abilities, skills, personality, and physical...