Adolescents Struggling with Trauma may be Impaired in Certain Social Skills

Trauma changes the way you see yourself, the world around you, and your place in the world around you. Research into PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, is still new and developing. However, it is clear that trauma changes the way the brain works, starting with the brain’s interactions with the nervous system. Trauma at a…

Is There a Connection between Marijuana use and Bipolar Disorder in Teens?

Research on the effects of marijuana on the teenage brain has revealed enlightening information in recent years. For example, teenage marijuana use inhibits progress in the prefrontal cortex area of the brain. Some newer research suggested that marijuana use among teenagers could be a catalyst for psychotic episodes. Marijuana use in adolescence has also had…

Does Spirituality Affect a Teen’s Mental Health?

Published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, an Oregon State University study examined the effect of both religion and spirituality on a teen and a teen’s mental health. Both religion and spirituality play a different role in helping teens regulate themselves. Religion seemed to help teens regulate their behaviors while spirituality helped teens regulate their…

Common Negative Thought Patterns in Teens and How to Reframe Them: Obsessing Over the Negative

Nothing hurts a parent’s heart more than watching a child obsess over their perceived failures while not giving any attention to their obvious accomplishments. We lament the fact that our children have gained such perfectionist qualities to the point of hurting their self-esteem. We want them to be able to recognize what good they do…

Common Negative Thought Patterns in Teens and How to Reframe Them: Catastrophizing and Catastrophic Thinking

Parents are just as familiar with catastrophizing as their teens are. Catastrophizing thought patterns tend to include a lot of “What if’s” followed by devastating assumptions. Parents who have watched their adolescent or teen struggle with active addiction have practically lived in a world of what if. What if they don’t come home? They’ll never…