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Teens With Psychotic Illnesses Are More At Risk for Suicide

Having a psychological illness can be a frightening experience. Yet, unlike depression or anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder, the illness of psychosis is somehow in its own category. When an adult or teen is first diagnosed with a disorder of psychosis or a psychotic disorder, it is often a very scary experience.   Psychosis…

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Psycho-Education for Teen Depression Treatments | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen OCD: ERP Therapy Works

Imagine having irrational thoughts, intense rituals of washing your hands repeatedly, for instance, and strong fears. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a debilitating psychological illness if not treated, and it’s a disorder that affects millions of children, teens, and adults.   OCD was once categorized as an anxiety disorder; however in the most recent revision…

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Teen Mental Health: Exploring Normal Adolescent Development – Part Three

In this series, indicators of normal adolescence are provided for parents and teens. It’s important to have a measure upon which to determine whether a teen is experiencing mental illness or exhibiting behaviors that are of concern. Using the information below, parents and caregivers can determine whether there is need for professional assistance, such as…

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Teen Mental Health: Exploring Normal Adolescent Development – Part Two

In this series, indicators of normal adolescence are provided for parents and teens. It’s important to have a measure upon which to determine whether a teen is experiencing mental illness or exhibiting behaviors that are of concern. Using the information below, parents and caregivers can determine whether there is need for professional assistance, such as…

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Psycho-Education for Teen Depression Treatments | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Bipolar Disorder Treatment: Building Structure and Stability

Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder, a mental illness experienced by teens, adults, and even children. It’s considered to be a mood disorder because someone with this diagnosis experiences disturbances in mood, ranging from the highest of highs (mania) to the lowest of lows (depression). You might also know this disorder as “manic depressive”, which…

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A Neurobiological Discovery for Teen ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychological illness that has gained increasingly more attention in the last 20 years. The American Psychological Association (APA) included the disorder in the clinician’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in the 1980’s.  Since then, there has been extensive research and study on it because it is a diagnosis given…

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Teen Gambling: When An Addiction Steals Your Youth

Jonathan learned how to gamble from his father. It’s as though the illness got passed down to him, slowly, effortlessly. Jonathan knows that an addiction is an illness, but he didn’t know it when he was a child. He didn’t know that addiction could ruin your life, until he got caught up in it himself.…

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Teen Sexting, Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Addiction | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Sexting, Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Addiction

There’s a debate going on around the country about whether sexually explicit material in text messaging is a risk behavior for teens or simply an extension of the flirting and teasing that occurs naturally between adolescents. The results of a recent research study contribute to this ongoing conversation with information leaning toward sexting as a…

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The Past, Present, and Future of Teen ADHD | ParadigmMalibu.com

The Past, Present, and Future of Teen ADHD

There have been significant advances in the way that scientists saw Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children and teens. Initially, it was seen as a behavioral disorder that was the result of inconsistent parenting, environmental issues, and early childhood experiences. In the past, the psychological illness was treated with stimulants to keep teens focused and on…

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Teen Self Injury Treatment: One in Ten 16-Year Olds Engage in Self Harm

An international study done in May of 2014 indicates that one in ten students will engage in self harm. The Young Life and Times survey, which records the attitudes of young people on a range of social issues, was published on May 16, 2014. This annual survey asks the youth of Northern Ireland essential questions…

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Teen Grief & Mourning the Death of a Parent | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Self Injury: Life Gradually Getting Worse for One Teen Led to Cutting Her Wrists

It’s easy for teen self injury and cutting to become an addictive habit. The truth is it can feel good. It can take the away the pain. It can relieve emotional pressure that seems to build up when you’re a teenager.   That’s what happened with Kayli during high school. She was having a hard time…

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