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February 28, 2013 – 1,225 views
Celeste Pietrusza and Janis Whitlock
The reasons someone begins self-injuring are complex. Likewise, the emotions surrounding recovery may be difficult and complicated, too. You may want to stop, but doubt your ability to do so. You might feel afraid of the possibility of a future without self-injury and wonder how you will cope without it. The thought of giving up self-injury could bring up feelings of anxiety as well as relief... Full Story 
February 18, 2013 – 1,143 views
Jackie Goodman & Janis Whitlock
Many adolescents who self-injure do so in secrecy and this secrecy is often the clearest red flags that something is wrong. Although it is normal for adolescents to pull away from parents during times of high involvement with friends or stress, it is not normal for adolescents to be withdrawn, physically and emotionally, for long periods of time. It is also important to note that not all people who self-injure become distant and withdrawn—youth who put on a happy face, even when they do not fell happy, may also be at risk for self-injury or other negative coping behaviors. Some other signs include:... Full Story 
February 12, 2013 – 1,136 views
Jackie Goodman & Janis Whitlock
Suspecting, but not being sure, that your friend is injuring him/herself is a difficult situation to be in. Friends often worry about raising a clearly uncomfortable topic, risking their friend’s anger or defensiveness, or somehow violating a friend’s trust. However, it is important to remember that you may be instrumental in helping your friend get the help he/she needs. Remember, ignoring it won’t help at all. Here are a few things to keep in mind:... Full Story 
February 7, 2013 – 1,670 views
Jackie Goodman & Janis Whitlock
Self-injury is sometimes used as a way of coping with negative events and feelings. It is often used as a result of not having learned how to identify or express difficult feelings in a more healthy way. Finding new ways of coping with difficult feelings can help to suppress the urges that lead to self-injury and may help in the recovery process. Focusing on identifying feelings and challenging the thoughts that lead to self-injury can be helpful. Seeking outside professional assistance or engaging in individual therapy may be a good idea as well. Stopping is easier if you can find other ways of expressing or coping with your feelings... Full Story 
January 18, 2013 – 1,195 views
Benjamin Brafman
Teens with depression often suffer in silence. They are unlikely to express their feelings as depression. Although parents may feel that their teen is just being a "moody" teenager, parents should know that depression is not uncommon in teenagers, but can have a significant impact on a teen's life if left untreated. Parents and caregivers should look for certain signs and symptoms that may indicate depression in their teen... Full Story 
January 15, 2013 – 1,329 views
Benjamin Brafman
Family counseling can plan a significant role in an individual's recovery. Whether that individual is a parent, child, spouse, sibling, aunt, uncle or grandparent, her loved ones are likely to feel the impact of the substance abuse. Family counseling can help families heal the wounds of substance abuse, like anger, frustration and pain, as well as other issues that commonly affect families like codependency... Full Story 
December 17, 2012 – 1,334 views
Michael Logan
"Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps improve a child's moods, anxiety and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. CBT therapists teach children that thoughts cause feelings and moods which can influence behavior. During CBT, a child learns to identify harmful thought patterns. The therapist then helps the child replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety."... Full Story 
December 14, 2012 – 1,320 views
Mary Johnson
Bipolar Disorder can affect anyone and if one or both parents have Bipolar Disorder, the chances are greater that their children may develop the disorder. Bipolar Disorder can begin in childhood and during the teenage years, although it is usually diagnosed in adult life. One of the reasons that Bipolar Disorder is usually not identified in childhood/teenage years is that diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, in children, is not clear cut as some of the signs are similar to those that occur in teenagers with other problems such as drug abuse, delinquency, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or even schizophrenia... Full Story