emergency personnel

Am I a Bad Parent if I Call Emergency Personnel On My Child?

Parents of kids who struggle might believe that they need to resolve every issue on their own. They might feel that intervention from the outside is a burden to others. Worse, parents might worry about potential repercussions from calling emergency personnel when overwhelmed with their teen’s behaviors. When a child’s behavior is so out of […]

depression

What is the Real Deal With Depression?

Depression is among the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Those struggling with depression can experience a range of symptoms, from disrupted sleeping issues to suicidal attempts. Understanding depression from the outside can be challenging for parents. Kids might experience some overlap of depression symptoms during specific situations, or they might struggle temporarily to […]

trauma

What is Meant by “Little ‘t’ and Big ‘T’ Trauma”?

Trauma can be a common cause of underlying issues, such as addiction, depression, self-esteem issues, anxiety, or other mental health disorders. Trauma is treatable, and kids dealing with trauma can learn healthy means of coping to heal and move forward. Depending upon how trauma affects a person, treatment can look different from one child to another. […]

self-injury

Should I Hide My Self-Injury Scars?

Before treatment and beginning recovery, some of us might have used self-injury as a maladaptive coping skill. While we have learned to move beyond our past and found better ways of coping with stressors and powerful emotions, we might still have retained scars from our past. We might feel embarrassed when people notice these scars […]

understanding anger

What You Need to Know About Anger

Anger in kids can range in expression from mild to severe, from a “temper tantrum” to physical abuse or property destruction. As kids grow up, they learn to control their emotions. They experience things for the first time and might act with little regard for consequences until it is too late. When kids act on […]