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Managing the Stresses of Adolescence and ADHD | Paradigm Malibu

Managing the Stresses of Adolescence and ADHD

ADHD is a disorder characterized by difficulty in paying attention to details. It includes symptoms of impulsivity, hyperactivity, making careless mistakes, trouble listening to others, problems with organization, and distractibility.  However, if you’re ADHD child is now a teen, life might be getting more and more hectic for parents.   ADHD typically shows up in…

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The Challenging Life of a Bipolar Teen

Bipolar Disorder is not an easy illness to cope with. It’s somewhat tricky because parts of the disorder itself feels good. Bipolar is a mood disorder that consists of both depression and manic periods. When the depression hits, you know you’re not feeling so good. But when you’re in a manic episode, you feel great.…

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Developmental Disabilities Can Also Affect A Teen’s Mental Health

George, age 17, sometimes suffers from severe depression, but not for the reasons that you might think. He’s not sad because he’s not liked by friends, and he’s not depressed because he’s not doing well in school. He’s depressed because he is different than his peers in ability, cognition, and development.   When George was…

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At Risk Youth, Mental Illness, and Addiction

The term at-risk youth is used frequently, but what does it mean exactly? Those in the mental health field tend to use the phrase freely but it’s worth explaining more clearly what the term means.   In general, at-risk youth are those children who have had distressing childhoods and by virtue of their circumstances are…

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The Difference Between Bipolar I and Bipolar II in Teens

Teen Bipolar Disorder is an illness of the mind that affects an adolescent’s mood. While most people are familiar with depression and its associated experience of low energy, many teens and their parents don’t understand the complex nature of Bipolar Disorder – and for good reason. It’s a psychological illness that is multifaceted.   Bipolar…

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Bipolar Disorder in Teens Versus in Adults

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar Disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. For children and teens, Bipolar Disorder will develop in about 1-5% of those under 18 years of old. However, when Bipolar Disorder develops…

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Are Mental Health Services Failing Children?

Parents are worried that children are not receiving the mental health services they need, according to The Guardian. “The children’s experiences echo the findings of a recent report from the Centre for Social Justice, which found “staggering” delays and shortfalls in mental health services for children and young people,” meaning young people are not receiving…

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Teen Panic Disorder: Befriend Fear to Find Freedom

What drives panic attacks is fear. In fact, if you’re frequently experiencing panic attacks and you have a persistent fear about having additional attacks, you’re likely eligible for being diagnosed with Panic Disorder. Typically, teens with this disorder are extremely anxious and fearful, primarily because of the inability to predict when the next attack will…

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Questions and Answers on Teen Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is an illness of the mind that affects an adolescent’s mood. While most people are familiar with depression and its associated experience of low moods, many individual’s don’t understand the complex nature of Bipolar Disorder – and for good reason. It’s a psychological illness that is multifaceted.   How can you tell if…

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Teens with Bipolar Parents May Display Risky Sexual Behavior

Bipolar Disorder (BD) 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”,…

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