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Teen Mental Health Treatment | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Mental Health Treatment: Their Psychological Illnesses are Often Neglected

According to a recent survey, less than half of American teens are receiving treatment for their psychological disorders. And, those who do get teen mental health treatment rarely see a therapist or psychologist. The research gathered information from more than 10,000 teens ages 13 to 17 across the country and their answers revealed that the…

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Teen Psychotic Disorder: Hearing Voices No One Else Can Hear

Hearing voices is an experience that even children can have. We tend to imagine homeless adults or people living in psych wards as experiencing delusions or hallucinations. But even children and teens can have this experience of psychotic disorder.   One boy from Santa Rosa, California began to hear voices when he was in the…

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Parents: How to Find the Right Therapist for Your Teen | ParadigmMalibu.com

Parents: How to Find the Right Therapist for Your Teen

No matter what psychological symptoms your teen might have or what diagnosis he or she has already been assigned, you’ll want to find a good therapist for your teen. Psychotherapy is often an essential component to effective treatment. In fact, research has shown that medication alone is not effective. However, the combination of psychotherapy and…

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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 Bipolar Disorder | ParadigmMalibu.com

The Mental Illness of Isla Vista Shooter: Depression, Anxiety, or Asperger’s?

The recent shooting in Isla Vista California is not a new experience for America’s schools. There seems to be a pattern of school shooters having a history of mental illness and previous suspicious behavior, eventually leading to that student becoming the perpetrator in a mass killing.   For instance, it’s no different for the 22-year…

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How Parents Can Support Their Kids with Teen ADHD in New Ways – Part Two

This two part series is a venue for providing suggestions on how to work with your teen’s ADHD symptoms. As mentioned in the first article, sometimes medication just doesn’t work. Either it comes with too many unmanageable side effects or it doesn’t address the symptoms. For this reason, it’s necessary at times to explore other…

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Loving Your Gay Adolescent | ParadigmMalibu.com

How Parents Can Support Their Kids with Teen ADHD in New Ways – Part One

Teens with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with attention, focus, organization, excessive talking, and fidgeting. They may be hyperactive, impulsive, and even insensitive at times. Clearly, these symptoms can get in the way of a teen’s ability to do well in school. They may have behavioral issues, academic concerns, and conflicts with their peers.  …

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General Anxiety Disorder | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Girls with Mental Illness are More Likely To Get Pregnant

In May of 2014, a new study examined the fertility rates of adolescents between the ages of 15-19 and its relationship with mental illness. The research revealed that those females with teen depression, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic disorders are three times as likely to become pregnant versus those girls without a mental illness. The…

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The Executive Functions Impaired in Teen ADD and ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have received much attention in recent years. This is partly because of a rise in adolescent and teen ADD/ADHD cases in the past 20 years. And this is partly because of the tendency for clinicians to make this diagnosis freely and the tendency to prescribe amphetamines…

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More Than Sad: Psycho-Education for Teen Depression Treatments-Paradigm Malibu

Risky Behavior of Those With and Without Teen Bipolar Disorder

Mohannad Halaweh, age 19, is currently being held on $1 million bail. His pattern of risky behavior including stealing, partying, and credit card fraud finally resulted in legal consequences. One comment made on the online news report pointed to the psychological differences between teens and adults:   “Teenagers aren’t as smart as they think… Psychologists…

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teen delusional psychotic disorder | Paradigm Malibu

Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder: An Illness of Illusions

It’s a disorder that’s strictly based on fantasy. Although it’s not a very common psychological illness, if it develops, its age of onset is typically late adolescence. Teens that suffer from this illness have a delusion (a false, fixed belief) involving real-life situations that could be true, such as being followed, being conspired against, or…

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