Archive for November 2015

Dealing With Divorce

Why Are My Parents Divorcing?

Parents divorce for many reasons. Usually divorce happens when couples feel they can no longer live together due to fighting and anger, or because the love they had when they married has changed. Divorce also can be because one parent falls in love with someone else, and sometimes it’s due to a serious problem like drinking, abuse, or gambling. Sometimes nothing bad happens, but parents just decide to live apart.

How Will Divorce Change My Life?

Depending on what happens in your family, you might have to adjust to many changes. These could include things like moving, changing schools, spending time with both parents separately, and perhaps dealing with parents’ unpleasant feelings about one another.

What Parents and Teens Can Do to Make It Easier

Keep the peace. Dealing with divorce is easiest when parents get along. Teens find it especially hard when their parents fight and argue or act with bitterness toward each other. You can’t do much to influence how your parents behave during a divorce, but you can ask them to do their best to call a truce to any bickering or unkind things they might be saying about each other.

Many teens have to deal with their parents getting divorced.  For many teens, their parents divorce marks a turning point in their lives. It may seem hard, but you can cope with divorce.


Teen Depression

Signs of Depression

It can be difficult to determine whether your teen is having normal mood swings or if they are depressed. If you are wondering if your teen is in need of depression rehab, look for these signs:

  • Withdrawal from friends
  • Loss of interests/activities they used to enjoy
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Poor performance at school or job
  • Frequent complaints of illness (e.g. headaches, stomachaches)
  • Prolonged sadness, anxiety, feeling of hopelessness
  • Belief that life is meaningless
  • Preoccupation with death and dying

Individualized Treatment

  • Therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy)
  • Group counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Academic programs
  • Basic living skills

Many teens struggle with depression. If you would like to learn more about our depression rehab, contact the Teen Treatment Center today at (877) 960-1422.

What makes teens vulnerable to suicide?

Most teens who attempt or die by suicide have a mental health condition or substance abuse problem. As a result, they have trouble coping with the stress of being a teen, such as dealing with rejection, failure, breakups and family turmoil. They might also be unable to see that they can turn their lives around — and that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

What are the risk factors for teen suicide?

Factors that increase the risk of teen suicide include:

Having a psychiatric disorder, such as depression
A history of suicide attempts or a family history of suicidal behavior
A family history of mood disorder
A history of physical or sexual abuse
Exposure to violence, such as being injured or threatened with a weapon
Other factors, when combined with the above, also can increase the risk of teen suicide, including:

Access to means, such as firearms
Loss or conflict with close friends or family members
Use of alcohol or drugs
Becoming pregnant
Social isolation
Exposure to suicide

Equine Therapy

What are the Benefits of Equine Therapy?

Studies have indicated that equine therapy has been successful in helping patients show marked improvements in the following areas:

Emotional awareness
Stress tolerance
Impulse control
Problem-solving skills
Social responsibility
Interpersonal relationships

Many of the benefits of equine therapy are likely due to the nature of the animals with which the patient and equine therapist are interacting. Horses are typically non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations or motives, and are highly effective at mirroring attitudes and behaviors of the humans with whom they are working.

While working with horses under the guidance and supervision of an equine therapist, equine therapy patients have a unique and effective opportunity to note their tendency to engage in self-defeating and otherwise negative thoughts and actions. These realizations provide excellent bases for discussion and processing both during and after the equine therapy experience.