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Mental Illness | Paradigm Malibu

Reducing Stigma of Mental Illness Among Teens

Mental illness and physical illness differ in one clear way. If someone has a physical illness, such as the flu, you often seen their symptoms. For instance, you might see them sweat, hold their stomach, have a pale face, and/or even feel hot to the touch. However, with mental illness, it’s rare that you would…

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Why You Need To Know About The Prevalence of Mental Illness Among Teens

One of the most common experiences among those who experience mental illness is that they believe they’re the only ones experiencing the stigma, symptoms, and challenges. Because the experience of depression or anxiety or bipolar is one that happens on the inside, it’s easy to draw the conclusion that no one else is experiencing the…

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Finding the Right Diagnosis for Your Teen

Believe it or not, sometimes psychologists and therapists can be wrong. You might take your teen to a mental health professional and discover that the diagnosis that he or she provided, just isn’t right. Of course, you know your child best, and the therapist is relying upon his or her knowledge of certain diagnoses, but…

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Teens: Famous People Have Mental Illnesses Too!

There is a stigma that comes with mental illness, and if you’re a teen, likely the last thing you want your friends to know is that you’re depressed or anxious or manic at times.  But that’s not a reason to avoid or ignore any symptoms you might have.   In fact, if you think you…

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Physical Pain Can Accompany Mental Illness Among Teens

If your teen complains of headaches, stomachaches, muscle pain, or back pain, there might be a reason behind it. Many psychological illness, especially if they go untreated, can have a physical component. Furthermore, that pain can become chronic if both the physical and psychological symptoms are not tended to.   A study published in February…

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Less Than Half of Teens With Mental Illness Get Treatment

It’s clear that there remains a social stigma regarding psychological disorders and teen mental illness. The stigma and shame associated with “having something wrong with you” has become one of the largest barriers for teens in accessing the treatment they need. In fact, frequently adolescents are not aware that they even need treatment and believe…

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The Brain Differences in Risk Taking Teens

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), unintentional injury is the number one cause of death for adolescents. The CDC recognizes behaviors among teens that specifically lead to violence such as carrying a weapon, carrying a gun specifically versus other weapons, being in a physical fight, experiencing being hit, slapped, or physically hurt intentionally…

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Excessive Media and Little Sleep Can Put Teens At Risk For Mental Illness | Paradigm Malibu

Excessive Media and Little Sleep Can Put Teens At Risk For Mental Illness

A recent article in Medical News Today describes a research study that found certain risk factors for teens and the development of mental illness. The study revealed that teens who get little physical exercise, who do not get the adequate amount of sleep, and who spend large amounts of time in front of the television…

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You Might Have Heard the Phrase Evidence Based But What Is It?

For teens who suffer from a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, you probably want to know that the treatment you receive is going to work. You likely don’t want to go to a therapist or psychologist who is using a form of treatment that is hardly known with little success rates.…

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Teen Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment: Eating Disorders and Teen Depression

Although it’s not always common for psychological illness to occur together, it frequently happens. For instance, teens might experience substance abuse addition and depression, one contributing to the other. In another scenario, research indicates that teens with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder typically have additional mental illnesses than those who do not have OCD. Depression, anxiety, and…

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Co-Occurring Anxiety and Depression in Teens

It’s very common for anxiety and depression to become co-occurring disorders. Although frequently anxiety occurs without depression and depression occurs without anxiety, the two can mutually affect each other. For instance, negative thinking and heavy mood can lead to feelings of uncertainty, which can cause anxiety. And when a teen feels uncomfortable with who he…

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