Trauma is a deeply disturbing experience with long-lasting psychological consequences.
Throughout life, many different types of events have the potential to be traumatic – especially for young people, who do not benefit from the mature frame of reference for their emotions that adults have the opportunity to develop.
Many types of trauma stem from a sense of personal vulnerability. In fact, some researchers have concluded it&rsq...
Smartphones are incredibly valuable tools for teens and adults.
Used responsibly, smartphones can be beneficial for mature teens. Young adults can use them to navigate social relationships and maintain commitments in the community or at work. Plus, they can help youths stay safe. A smartphone acts as a vital lifeline in case of unexpected dangers, like medical emergencies, that young people shouldn’t have to face alone.
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, ...
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
Thousands of teens all over the U.S. suffer from drug addiction, psychological conditions, and other serious life challenges. Each of these can be resistant to traditional treatment – and they often appear together.
Youths often struggle against a “one size fits all” approach they see as cold and unfeeling. Only a customized approach that honors their personhood can truly reach a teen in crisis.
When teens think...
Self-harming and self-defeating behaviors take many forms – from habits that sabotage goals to cutting of the skin. Anyone can engage in these behaviors, but teens are especially susceptible, especially in times of great stress and emotional upheaval.
Why are self-harming behaviors so common? They can be a form of release during intense outpouring of emotion. They can give the sufferer feelings of control: They may not be ab...
Social media sites have become a dominant aspect of social life, redefined to now include digital communications, particularly among young adults. Through the technological advances of the internet and social media, you can now connect with friends and family members throughout the world almost instantaneously. Superficially, this depicts the innovation of social media as nothing short of a positive tool, with emotionally gratifying pot...