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Dual Diagnosis | Paradigm Malibu

Dealing with Dual Diagnosis in Your Teen

  If you are a parent or caregiver of a teen who is struggling with addiction, you might also find out that your teen is depressed or anxious. Or that they have another type of mental illness in addition to their addiction. When someone struggles with two illnesses at once, it is called dual diagnosis.…

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Antidepressants | Paradigm Malibu

Antidepressants are More Helpful than Harmful in Teens

  You might have heard that antidepressants may cause suicidal thoughts in teens and young adults. And it’s an ironic twist because antidepressants are used to treat depression, which is one of the main contributors of suicidal thinking and attempts. Yet, research shows that antidepressants can help teens and young adults who are suffering from…

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Sleep Helps Antidepressants | Paradigm Malibu

Sleep Helps Antidepressants

When starting a new medication especially an antidepressant, it usually takes about six weeks for it to start to really work. Research has shown that getting at least eight hours of sleep helps antidepressants be more effective within those taking them. Researchers at the University of Michigan who specialize in both psychiatry and sleep medicine made…

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5 Ways to Prevent Teen Depression

  Adolescence is a vulnerable time for teens emotionally and psychologically. This is particularly true because teens are pulling away from parents. They are also seeking their sense of self through friends and social groups. Despite moving closer to friends and pulling away from parents and family, teens continue to have a need for parental…

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How to Change Negative Self Talk

  Okay, from time to time you might hear yourself talking in your mind. For the most part, you might be simply talking out the things you need to get done or a reminder like, “Oh yeah, I need to ask my dad about the car on Friday night.” This kind of self-talk is natural…

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Talk Therapy May Help Teens who Refuse to Take Medication when Depressed

  Typically, when a teen has a diagnosis of depression, they may be given an anti-depressant. Antidepressants are used to treat not only moderate to severe depression in teens, but also other psychological disorders such Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Antidepressants can also address the painful mood…

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When Teens Feel Loved They Thrive

    When an adolescent feels loved by his or her parents, that love facilitates a teen’s ability to love themselves. And this is essential during adolescence. There is an overwhelming amount of teasing, bullying, and making fun among teens. And this makes being yourself a difficult task as a teen. Many adolescents are faced…

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How to Help a Friend Who Is Depressed

    One in five teens experience depression at some point in their teenage years. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately, 8% of teens meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression. Perhaps you might not ever experience depression, but you might have a close friend who does.   If you suspect depression…

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The Difference Between Teen Depression and the Blues

  Most teens will be emotional from time to time. In fact, being emotional is a natural expression of adolescence. At this stage of life, teens are more emotional than rational, more impulsive than logical, and more creative than sensible. And this may mean that teens will experience sadness and sorrow from time to time,…

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