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Beating the Monster: Diagnosing and Treating Teen Anxiety

Beating the Monster: Diagnosing and Treating Teen Anxiety 2560 1709 Solstice RTC

Teens have it rough. In addition to experiencing constant change in their bodies and emotions, they are expected to juggle the pressures of school, extracurriculars and a social life in order to be considered successful. The stress caused by this pressure can lead to anxiety in teens. Teen anxiety can be absolutely crippling to a teen’s academic and social success. Identifying anxiety and getting it treated are extremely important for your teen’s overall well being.

Causes of teen anxiety

Teen anxiety might be caused by a number of factors. The most common of those factors are genetic, environmental and physical. Teens influenced by genetic factors oftentimes have relatives with anxiety issues, which increases their risk of having anxiety. Environmental factors influence teen anxiety if a teen has experienced some sort of trauma, such as a sudden death in the family, moving or parental divorce. Physical factors were found to cause anxiety in some teens through changes in brain activity.

Symptoms of teen anxiety

Teen anxiety can oftentimes be caused by an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or a panic disorder. Symptoms vary from disorder to disorder. Generally, if your teen is experiencing the following symptoms, they are experiencing some form of teen anxiety:

  • Feeling on edge
  • Obsessive behaviors and thoughts
  • A combination of physical symptoms, such as sweating, shortness of breath, trembling, stomach aches or headaches
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Restlessness

If your teen is experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to find help as soon as possible. Symptoms might escalate and negatively affect your teen’s life.

Negative impact

Teen anxiety can co-occur with other mental health issues teens often struggle with. These can include: depression, ADHD, substance abuse or eating disorders. In addition to co-occurring with other issues, anxiety in teens can cause:

  • Poor performance in school
  • Low self-esteem
  • Behavioral issues
  • Lifelong anxiety issues

Getting help for your teen is absolutely essential in order to avoid any further issues.

Helping your teen

If your teen’s anxiety issues are damaging their ability to live a happy, productive life, you need to find help for them. Getting professional help for their anxiety issues is a great way to get them the help they need. Another option is sending them to a residential treatment center.

Solstice RTC, a residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18, takes a holistic approach when it comes to treating teen anxiety and other teen struggles. Instead of treating the “problem area” itself, like anxiety, Solstice treats the entire individual. With a caring, experienced staff, Solstice is passionate about helping teen girls and assigned female at birth get back on the right track.

For more information about Solstice RTC and how we can help your child overcome anxiety issues, please call us today at (866) 278-3345.


building self esteem

Building Self Esteem In A World That Wants To Tear It Down

Building Self Esteem In A World That Wants To Tear It Down 2560 1707 Solstice RTC

Turn on the TV. Open a magazine. What do you see? A thin, “flawless,” photoshopped person on every channel or page. Girls and assigned female at birth – girls and assigned female at birth are reduced to objects of advertisement for anything from food to clothing to cars. Media sends the message that the sole value of a girl or child assigned female at birth rests in their physical appearance.

Young girls’ self image are at an all time low. In this world where girls and assigned female at birth are trapped by misrepresentation, building self esteem is the only way out.

Low self-esteem is a thinking disorder in which an individual views him/herself as inadequate, unlovable and/or incompetent. Once formed, this negative view permeates every thought, producing faulty assumptions and ongoing self-defeating behavior. – Dosomething.org 

The problem is real

Did you know that seven out of every 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or substandard in some way? This includes appearance, relationships with family and friends and academic performance. Did you, also, know that 80 percent of 10-year-old girls and assigned female at birth fear becoming “fat”? And, 40 to 70 percent of middle school girls and assigned female at birth are dissatisfied by two or more parts of their body. By the time they are 12 to 15 years old, levels of satisfaction in body and appearance plummets to an all time low.

75 precent of girls and assigned female at birth with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking or disordered eating. – 11 Facts about Teens and Self Esteem

How can you take part in building self esteem?

In a study, teen girls and assigned female at birth indicated that their top wish is for better communication with their parents including more frequent and open conversations. As a parent that is your prerogative ; talk to your daughter.

  • Tell their they are beautiful and valued and that the media lies. Avoid supporting or indulging in programs or products that portray people unfairly and inappropriately.
  • Support their by showing their movies and stories that feature strong female and assigned female at birth protagonists or leads. Expose your child to people who have power and success. The media is partially to blame for lowering positive self image in teen girls, but it can also be used as a tool for building self esteem.

Solstice RTC works hard in building self-esteem

If you have a 14 to 18-year-old child struggling with low self-esteem and body image, Solstice RTC can help. Solstice is a residential treatment center that integrates tools for building self-esteem in everyday conversations and activities.

Call Solstice RTC today at (866) 278-3345 for more information!


social media addiction

Has Your Child’s Social Media Addiction Gone Too Far? 3 Tips to Help

Has Your Child’s Social Media Addiction Gone Too Far? 3 Tips to Help 2560 1707 Solstice RTC

The intense craving to constantly tweet, text, post, pin and like; social media addiction is a plague that has swept not just across the United States, but around the world from England to China.

Social media addiction is a real threat

Though social media overuse has not been confirmed as an actual addiction, many research projects are being conducted in order to prove that it is. According to the Pew Research Center, about 24 percent of teens reported being on social media “almost constantly.” Among those teens, the majority of them are girls, while boys tend to lean toward using video games.

We know that a large amount of teens use social media nearly all time, but are there negative effects? According to a study by the University of Albany, the answer is yes. Julia Hormes, the leader of the research study, found that about 10 percent of users struggled with social media addiction. The effects of the addiction included a higher risk of alcohol abuse, anxiety symptoms and issues with emotional regulation.

3 tips to help your daughter

  • Make sure they knows you care: Reassuring your child that you’re there to talk and support their is important for building trust. Trust is imperative to being able to make a difference in your daughter’s life and making their understand why a social media addiction is unhealthy.
  • Create technology free zones: Making zones where you have to focus on the family is important. It makes a space where you, as the parent, also put away your technology and get involved.
  • Encourage creativity, extracurricular activities: Encouraging, not pushing, your child to get involved in something they have interest in could be a good way to break their social media addiction. It gives their something else to focus on.

Additional treatment

If your child is struggling with their social media overuse and traditional therapy isn’t working, a residential treatment center could be the next step. Solstice RTC is a treatment center for older teen girls and assigned female at birth struggling with issues, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse or social media addiction. We use comprehensive, evidence-based therapy to help families reconnect and heal.

For more information on how Solstice RTC can help your child break their social media overuse, contact us today at (866) 278-3345.


Tips for helping teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety

Tips for Helping Teen Girls and assigned female at birth – girls and assigned female at birth Cope with Anxiety

Tips for Helping Teen Girls and assigned female at birth – girls and assigned female at birth Cope with Anxiety 2560 1709 Solstice RTC

While all of us feel anxious at some point during our lives, many teen girls and assigned female at birth face high levels of anxiety every day. When this is the case, it is can be difficult for parents and friends to know how to help. Here are 5 tips for helping teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety as stated by 3 NASP members.1

The first of our tips for helping teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety is helping their develop a social support network. When a teen girl or child assigned female at birth is experiencing anxiety, it is important for their to have healthy, supportive people they can talk with. By talking through their anxiety, they may be able to more easily challenge the errors in their thinking and bring their to a calmer state of mind. When they have a healthy support network encouraging and helping her, they are more likely to turn to them than to unhealthy behaviors when their anxiety becomes overwhelming. At Solstice, we encourage this idea through our therapeutic milieu and focus on relationships. We create a safe place for our students to develop relationships and to learn to use their support network to get through difficult times.

The second of our tips for helping teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety is encouraging their to regular exercise. It has been found that, for some people, exercise can work as well as medication for reducing anxiety symptoms. Exercise can reduce tension levels, help to stabilize mood and improve sleep and self-esteem.2 At Solstice, our students participate in workouts 5-6 times each week. We have seen many of our girls and assigned female at birth have a reduction in their anxiety symptoms as they participate in these workouts.

The third of our tips for helping teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety is helping their learn to relax. Taking time away from everyday stress to relax in a way that works for their can help a teen girl or child assigned female at birth cope with anxiety. By taking a walk, reading a book, listening to quiet music, or drawing, a teen can get out of their anxious mind for a few minutes. At Solstice, we teach our students to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps our girls and assigned female at birth to be present in the moment, allowing their to be more accepting of the feelings they are having.

The fourth of our tips for helping teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety is helping their to prepare ahead of time. When a girl or child assigned female at birth is feeling anxious about an upcoming situation, helping their prepare will help reduce the anxiety surrounding it as they feels more confident going into the situation. For example, if a teen is feeling anxious about an upcoming flight, you can help their go over what is going to happen, what problems may arise and how they will handle them, help their put together some coping skills that they can take with her, etc. At Solstice, we teach our girls and assigned female at birth a variety of skills of how to prepare for situations that may increase anxiety.

The last of our tips for helping teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety is encouraging their to be optimistic. Anxiety often pulls a girl or child assigned female at birth into a negative state of mind, which may lead to lower self-esteem and the use of unhealthy coping skills. By helping their to stay positive and challenge their negative thinking, you can help their to be in a better state of mind to handle their anxiety. Solstice teaches and encourages our students to challenge their negative thoughts whenever they arise. By recognizing thinking errors, are girls and assigned female at birth are able to develop healthier and more optimistic views on anxiety-provoking situations.

For more information about how Solstice helps teen girls and assigned female at birth cope with anxiety, call us at 801-815-8700.

1. Lowe, P., Unruh, S., & Greenwood, S. (2004). Anxiety: Tips for Teens. Retrieved from http://www.nasponline.org/educators/hchsii_anxietytipsteens.pdf

2.  Exercise for Stress and Anxiety. Retrieved July 27, 2015, from http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety


teen depression

Tips for Helping Your Child with Teen Depression

Tips for Helping Your Child with Teen Depression 2560 1836 Solstice RTC

Teen depression can be hard on not just the individual it’s happening to, but also the people around them. Depression can affect anyone, but studies show that adolescent girls and assigned female at birth are twice as likely to develop teen depression than adolescent boys, which many researchers think is due to societal pressures.

Signs your child is depressed

Teen depression can be scary, overwhelming and hard to diagnose. It’s important to pay attention to the various signs of teen depression in order to seek out treatment as soon as possible.

From Mayo Clinic, a few signs your child might be depressed include:

  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Frustration over small issues
  • Lack of interest in normally enjoyed activities
  • Exaggerated self-blame
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide
  • Insomnia/disruptions in sleep
  • Risky behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Change in appetite

Tips to help your child with teen depression

  • Pay attention: Make sure you’re taking an interest in your child’s life and what they’re doing. Life can get overwhelming and sometimes it becomes easy to ignore the signs of teen depression.
  • Talk and listen: Sit down and let your child know you’re there to listen without judgement and help if need be. Saying out loud that you’re there to support their can go a long way.
  • Be persistent, but not pushy: If your teen ignores or rejects the first time you try to let them know you’re there for them, try again later. It may take a few times, but be patient, it takes a lot for a teenager to talk about how they’re feeling.

Getting help

If your child is struggling with teen depression and regular therapies aren’t effective, Solstice RTC might be the right fit. At Solstice RTC, we help girls and assigned female at birth ages 14 to 17, that have difficulty with issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression and many others. Through comprehensive, research-based therapies, we treat each individual with the utmost care.

For more information about how Solstice RTC treats teen depression, call us today at (866) 278-3345.


relationship problems

Teen Girls and assigned female at birth – girls and assigned female at birth and Relationship Problems

Teen Girls and assigned female at birth – girls and assigned female at birth and Relationship Problems 2560 1628 Solstice RTC

Being a teenage girl or child assigned female at birth is hard. Though most teen responsibilities are small, the task of navigating and surviving the social emotional maze of high school is huge. From the ages 14 to 18, your child is thrust into a world of judgements, gossip, competition and confusion. They will face relationship problems with friends, significant others, family and within herself. The way they handles these struggles can determine their self-perception, as well as how they conducts relationships for the rest of their life. 

Relationship problems can cause a decline in mental health

At this formative age, everything seems like a big deal. Something as small as an argument with a friend, to as big as a breakup, can be internalized as a devastating rejection. Relationship problems have the power to negatively impact the mental health of your teen daughter. As a parent, it is important that you try to prevent such damage by teaching your child about forming healthy relationships.

“I found that girls’ risk of severe depression, thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts increase the more their relationships diverge from what they imagined,” – Brian Soller, PhD, University of New Mexico

Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships

Humans learn from observations and experience. If your child has only experienced unhealthy relationships, that will be the only kind of relationship they will know how to have. Because of this, it is important they are taught the difference and the importance of having healthy relationships.


Unhealthy relationships cause more stress than happiness. They are manipulative, dishonest, unaccepting and pressuring. Those in unhealthy relationships tend to neglect self-care, withdraw from loved ones and develop problems in other areas of life.


Healthy relationships create more happiness than stress. Typically these relationships are built on a foundation of mutual trust, respect, honesty and support. Individuals in relationships that are healthy take care of themselves, maintain other relationships (like with family and friends), have separate activities and accept the other person.

Teach your child these tips to managing conflicts:

  • Your health and happiness is the most important. If resolving the conflict won’t make you happy and healthy then walk away. Prioritize yourself.
  • Communication and honesty. Clearly explain your thoughts and feelings.
  • Accept the things you cannot change. People will be who they are.
  • Compromise if often the best solution.

Solstice RTC can help your child through these formative years

If you are on your last limb and don’t know what else to do for your daughter, Solstice RTC can help. Solstice RTC is a leading therapeutic residential treatment center that helps teen girls, ages 14-18, with trauma, mood disorders, substance abuse, relationship problems and much more. Through an effective holistic approach your child can heal and thrive.

Call today us today, for more information, at (866) 278-3345.


PTSD in teens

Treating PTSD in Teens

Treating PTSD in Teens 2560 1707 Solstice RTC

In light of recent horrific traumatic events of the Charleston church shooting, learning how to work through trauma and recognize the symptoms and treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder is crucial. Untreated PTSD can last throughout a person’s lifetime, damaging relationships and overall well being of people suffering from a traumatic experience.

What causes post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD is caused by experiencing or knowing someone who has experienced a traumatic event. This could be something like a tragic, sudden death or a terrible accident. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that damages a person’s “fight or flight” response when experiencing fear. People with PTSD oftentimes feel fearful or anxious even when they are not in danger.

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Flashbacks to the traumatic event
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Being easily startled
  • Loss of interest in things once enjoyable to the person
  • Spontaneous or cued recurrent, involuntary and intrusive distressing memories of the traumatic events
  • Inability to trust others
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nightmares

Treatment Options

The most common form of treatment for post traumatic stress disorder is psychotherapy. There are various forms of psychotherapy that can help your teen get through their trauma:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): This form of therapy is created specifically for adolescents. In TF-CBT, individuals talk through their traumatic event with a TF-CBT trained therapist. It is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): This form of therapy is used to help reprocess the traumatic event.
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): CPT primarily focuses on challenging and modifying distorted beliefs and thoughts about the trauma.

A combination of these psychotherapy techniques are used to help those struggling with PTSD symptoms. Like any other anxiety or mood disorder, finding the therapist that works best for your teen is crucially important to your teen’s success.

If you need additional help with trauma and PTSD, these resources can help:


marijuana use in teens

Marijuana Use in Teens Can Cause Memory Loss

Marijuana Use in Teens Can Cause Memory Loss 2560 1440 Solstice RTC

For the past decade, the belief that marijuana is a harmful drug for younger individuals has begun to decline within the United States. In a government survey from 2014, it was found that 11.7 percent of 8th graders, 27.3 percent of 10th graders and 35.1 percent of 12th graders had tried marijuana in the past year. Marijuana use in teens continues to be a large issue that can cause long-term problems in brain development.

Marijuana use in teens and memory loss

In a recent study, by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, researchers found that adults that had smoked marijuana daily as a teenager for three years or more had difficulty in performing long-term memory assessments.

Also, the researchers found that the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with long-term memory, was altered in form. The longer the person had used marijuana daily, the more misshapen the hippocampus was. The greater the hippocampus was deformed, the worse the person did on long-term memory exams.

How to catch signs of marijuana use in teens

Because of the possible long-term damaging effects of marijuana use in teens, it’s extremely important to recognize the signs as soon as possible.

According to the AACAP, a few common signs to look for to identify if your teen is possibly abusing marijuana include:

  • Red eyes/use of eye drops often
  • Memory issues
  • Reduced interest in usual activities
  • Eating more than usual/hungry all the time
  • Acting silly for no reason
  • Dizziness

Treatment for marijuana addiction

Adolescents are more susceptible to becoming addicted to substances such as marijuana. This makes it imperative to catch and treat the addiction as soon as possible. If a larger intervention is needed than parents can provide, programs exist that specialize in dealing with treatment for marijuana use in teens.

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. At Solstice, we treat many types of issues, such as addiction, trauma, learning disabilities and many others. Our safe, nurturing environment paired with comprehensive, proven therapeutic techniques allows struggling girls and assigned female at birth to deal with and overcome their problems.

For more information, please call us today, at (866) 278-3345.