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World Wide Addiction: Internet Addiction Disorder in teens

World Wide Addiction: Internet Addiction Disorder in teens 850 567 Solstice RTC

Although “Internet Addiction Disorder” might sound like a fake illness invented by a pampered generation, the truth is far more dangerous. Research shows that Internet Addiction Disorder carries with it all the same gravity as any other addiction – down to the way in which dopamine functions in the brain. In other words, Internet Addiction Disorder affects the mind in a manner similar to controlled substances.

Culture vs. Addiction

Since Internet Addiction Disorder is such a new concept, it is easy to misinterpret. Simply going online multiple times a day does not necessarily constitute Internet Addiction Disorder, just like a teen suffering the disorder might not be online 24 hours a day (although, chances are, they will make every effort be). The difference is in the impact. 

To qualify as Internet Addiction Disorder, internet use must turn into a compulsion with withdrawal effects if it is forcefully limited. Lying about being on the internet, the inability to control online behavior, and compulsive use are symptoms of the issue. Typically, when a teen has Internet Addiction Disorder, they will only be happy when “using” – as such, their non-digital life (including social interactions, school performance, and relationships) will take a heavy toll. Moreover, like with many other drugs, the teen might lose track of time while on the computer.

Back to Reality

As a parent, there are several steps that can be taken to bring your child back to our world. While making your teen quit cold turkey looks good on paper, in reality, it is likely to cause them to lash back. Instead, try gradually decreasing your teen’s smartphone and computer use and implementing a healthy routine. By encouraging your teen to be active and social, you will organically take away the time they could be spending on the computer.

Internet Addiction Disorder is sometimes a result of outside difficulties – for instance, stress, family problems, and school troubles; remember to communicate with your teen about what might be causing the underlying problem.

If your teen’s Internet Addiction Disorder gets out of hand, it might be time to consider professional help.

S0lstice can help

If your daughter is constantly hooked to her phone and is struggling with addictive behavioral issues, consider Solstice as an option. Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, helps struggling teens find success.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345!

Is your daughter not sleeping enough? Five Signs of Sleep Deprivation In Teens

Is your daughter not sleeping enough? Five Signs of Sleep Deprivation In Teens 150 150 Solstice RTC

Does your teen constantly complain about not getting enough sleep? Does she stay up past midnight trying to get homework completed? If so, she’s probably sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation in teens can affect pretty much every aspect of your teen’s life. If your teen isn’t getting enough sleep she’s at a higher risk of behavioral, academic, and emotional issues.

How do I know if my teen isn’t catching enough zzzs?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when your teen has actually gone to bed. She might stay up into the early hours of the morning on her phone or watching TV in her room with the door closed. What are some of the symptoms of sleep deprivation in teens? Here are some signs of sleep deprivation to look out for: 

  • They are feeling stressed out all the time: If your teen gets stressed over simple tasks, that may be a sign they are not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation makes it hard for people to deal with daily challenges and annoyances, like doing chores or homework.
  • Having issues with memory: During deep sleep, your nerve cells make connections that help boost memory. If your teen has to choose between studying late at night before an exam and sleep, they should choose sleep every time. Getting enough sleep will help them do better on that test than an extra hour or two of studying will.
  • Poor decision making: If your teen is getting involved in risky behavior like substance use or cheating on tests, sleep deprivation may be to blame. In the brain, the prefrontal cortex is responsible for judgment and controlling impulsive behavior. The less sleep your teen gets, the more impulsive they will likely be.
  • Unable to Concentrate: Another sign of sleep deprivation in teens is an inability to concentrate. If your teen can’t concentrate in school or when you’re trying to talk to them about something, it may be because they haven’t been getting enough sleep.
  • Mood Swings: Is your daughter go from zero to sixty mood-wise on a regular basis? The reason for her mood swings might be sleep deprivation. Children who sleep less than the amount they’re supposed to are 25 percent more likely to misbehave.

If it’s not just sleep deprivation in teens

If your teen daughter’s behavioral struggles are caused by something more than sleep deprivation in teens, consider Solstice. Solstice is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties like trauma, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating.

For more information about Solstice, please call  (866) 278-3345.

Are your daughter’s eating habits scary? Spotting disordered eating in teens

Are your daughter’s eating habits scary? Spotting disordered eating in teens 150 150 Solstice RTC

Is your teen constantly on a new diet? Is she always looking for a new way to cut carbs and lose a few pounds? Sometimes, trying to eat healthier is a good thing. However, if your teen is taking dieting very seriously it might be time to start worrying. Why? Because your daughter may be experiencing disordered eating.

Spotting disordered eating in your daughter

Disordered eating is defined as a wide array of irregular eating behaviors that don’t warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder like bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of the population demonstrates disordered eating. How can you tell if your daughter is dealing with this struggle? The answer to that question is complicated. Symptoms include: 

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  • Symptoms that resemble those found in eating disorders such as: binge eating, purging, and food restriction.
  • An exercise routine that may seem excessive or extremely rigid in its nature: For example, your teen might work out for several hours at a specific time of day every day.
  • Feelings of worry about certain foods: They will not eat specific foods because of one reason or another-  because they have too many calories or are high in fats.
  • Obsessive Calorie Counting: Your teen might have downloaded an app or bought a book that helps track their daily calories. They will restrict calories to such a degree that it is unhealthy for them.
  • An approach to food that is unusually rigid and inflexible: If your teen will only eat certain foods at specific times during the day, this might be a sign that she is experiencing disordered eating difficulties.

Disordered eating vs. an eating disorder

So what’s the difference between disordered eating and a full blown eating disorder? The answer lies in the degree of severity that symptoms present themselves. The symptoms associated with disordered eating are less severe than those in an eating disorder.

However, you should be just as concerned for your daughter with disordered eating. Disordered eating can lessen your daughter’s ability to concentrate and focus (which is terrible for high school students trying to make good grades). It may impede on your teen’s social life because they refuse to break out of their diet or exercise regime to make time for friends. For some teens, disordered eating is a way to cope with anxiety or stress coming from some other aspect of their lives.

Getting Help

If your teen is suffering from eating issues, she may need professional help to overcome whatever is influencing her harmful eating behaviors. Solstice can help your daughter work through whatever struggles are causing your teen’s eating issues. Solstice is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345 today!

 

A Damaging Emotional Outlet: Identifying Self Harm In Teens

A Damaging Emotional Outlet: Identifying Self Harm In Teens 150 150 Solstice RTC

In today’s high schools, teens are experiencing an extreme amount of stress. They are pressured to do well in school and excel in extracurriculars, all while having an active social life. Getting into a good university is more difficult than it has ever been in the past. Because of this, teens are turning to outlets to relieve this stress. For some, these outlets come in healthier forms like daily exercise and art. However, others turn to substance use and even self harm. Self harm in teens is a way for some people to get fast acting relief when they are feeling extremely stressed. Knowing if your daughter is self harming can be hard. Being able to identify the signs of self harm in teens allows you to take the appropriate preventative measures. 

How can I identify self harm in teens?

Spotting the signs of self harm in your daughter is the first step to getting her the help she needs. The following are symptoms of self harm in teens

  • Marks on their skin that may have come from cutting or burning
  • Hidden objects in their room that they may use to cut or burn themselves such as knives, razors, lighters, or box cutters.
  • Locking herself away for hours on end after coming home from an upsetting day at school.
  • Someone else (such as another adult, sibling, or friend of your daughter) reports seeing cuts or burns on your teen’s body.
  • Your teen covers themselves up with long sleeves and pants even in hot weather.

How do I help my teen?

Talking to your teen about their self injurious behavior is not easy. Here are a few tips for helping a teen who self harms:

  • Don’t be judgmental: Judging your teen for harming themselves will only make the situation much worse.
  • Find out what the issue is: Try to understand why your teen has resorted to self harm. This can help you see your teen’s struggles through their eyes.
  • Start a conversation: Opening the lines of communication with your teen during this difficult time can help them express to you what they’re feeling in a positive way.
  • Be supportive: Don’t overreact and punish or threaten your teen because of their self harming behaviors. Instead, let your teen know that you’re there to support them and can talk to them anytime they would feel comfortable reaching out to you.
  • Find professional support: Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, can help your daughter get the therapeutic support she needs.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

 

Shyness or Social Anxiety in Teens? Symptoms and Triggers

Shyness or Social Anxiety in Teens? Symptoms and Triggers 150 150 Solstice RTC

Struggling to fit in with people your own age as a teen girl is terrible. Most teen girls base their entire lives around their social life. They make it a higher priority than spending time with their family and  or even doing well academically. For some teen girls, this social life is not an option. Social anxiety in teens can be absolutely crippling in many aspects of a teen’s life. Unlike the self consciousness most people feel from time to time, social anxiety in teens creates a fear of social situations that is so intense people avoid all situations that might trigger the fear response.

What are some of these triggers?

Social anxiety in teens is actually pretty common. However, the social situations that trigger social anxiety can be very different. Some of these triggers include:

  • being the center of attention
  • meeting new people
  • making small talk
  • being criticized or teased
  • speaking with authority figures
  • public speaking

How can you tell if your teen has social anxiety?

Just because your teen occasionally gets nervous when she’s in social situations doesn’t mean she necessarily has social anxiety. Many people are shy or self-conscious—at least from time to time—but it doesn’t get in the way of their everyday functioning. Social anxiety in teens, on the other hand, does get in the way of a teen’s normal routine and can cause tremendous distress. That’s why it’s important to note symptoms of social anxiety in teens:

  • Fear that others will notice nervousness
  • Fear of humiliation and being watched by others
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Reddened face
  • Nausea or upset stomach

Solstice can help

Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, can help your daughter struggling with social anxiety. Solstice helps girls struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties such as depression, anxiety, and eating issues. For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

More than a bad mood: Helping your teen through teen depression

More than a bad mood: Helping your teen through teen depression 150 150 Solstice RTC

Teenagers experience a whirlwind of emotion on a daily basis. That’s why, for a lot of parents of teens, slamming doors and shouting matches can become a frequent occurrence. Occasional acting out and bad moods are pretty much expected from teens. Teen depression is completely different from any of these “usual” teen behaviors. Depression can make your teen’s life absolutely miserable, causing an overwhelming sense of anger, sadness, and despair.

What are some symptoms of teen depression?

Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that can completely change the way your teen feels, behaves, and thinks. It’s not something that can be overcome by the strength of one’s will power and it should be taken extremely seriously. That’s why parents should be on the lookout for symptoms of teen depression. Although depression can occur at any point in a person’s life, symptoms of depression in adults and teen depression can be very different. The following are signs of teen depression:

  1. Behavioral Changes– Your teen may experience changes in behavior, such as:
    • A lack of energy
    • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
    • Not caring about their appearance
    • Doing poorly in school
    • Slowed speech and body movements
    • Isolating themselves from friends and other loved ones
    • Acting impulsively
    • Alcohol and drug use
    • Self harm
  2. Emotional Changes– Watch out for the following changes in your teen’s emotions:
    • Feelings of sadness
    • Low self esteem
    • Feeling that life is bleak
    • Trouble focusing, making decisions, and with memory
    • Irritable mood
    • Feelings of hopelessness

How can I help my depressed teen?

Talking with your depressed teen about what they’re going through can be tough. Here are some pointers to help you through this conversation:

  1. Validate her feelings. Acknowledge that your teen is going through some tough feelings, even if they may seem irrational to you. Your teen needs to know that you support them one hundred percent through whatever they’re going through.
  2. Listen to your teen without lecturing them. If your teen does open up to you about what they’re going through, listen to them very carefully. It’s a huge step for your teen to be communicating with you about their feelings in the first place. Don’t pass any judgment or offer them unsolicited advice.
  3. Be respectful of your teen. Your teen may not want to talk to you at first about their depression. Be persistent in telling them how much you would like to hear from them, in a respectful and understanding fashion.
  4. Accentuate the positive. Notice the positive things your teen does. Instead of focusing on an idealized image of what you think your daughter should be like, focus on the good things your daughter does on a daily basis. This will give her a bit of a mood lift every day.

Solstice can help

If your daughter is struggling with teen depression, Solstice can help. Solstice is a residential treatment center for teens ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties like teen depression, anxiety, and trauma.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

 

The Mind-Body Connection: Benefits of Yoga for Teen Girls

The Mind-Body Connection: Benefits of Yoga for Teen Girls 150 150 Solstice RTC

For some teens, stress can pretty much take over their lives. When this happens, they are at a greater risk for developing serious mental health issues like depression and anxiety. You might be wondering what you can do to help your daughter work through this stress and live a happier, more relaxed life. Yoga might be the answer for them. The benefits of yoga for teen girls are numerous and can improve your teen’s overall wellbeing.

Benefits of yoga for teen girls

Yoga, which combines strength and flexibility exercises with relaxation and mindfulness techniques, has been shown to serve a preventative role in adolescent mental health. Benefits of yoga for teen girls include: 

  1. Improving general body awareness- Yoga allows girls to explore what shape their bodies can take. At an age where their bodies are changing rapidly, yoga helps girls understand the ways their bodies can move and grow stronger. Body awareness can help girls learn to truly respect and value their bodies which can be emotionally beneficial.
  2. Helping alleviate stress- Yoga involves rhythmic breathing and stretching, which gives teens a natural way to relieve stress. Proper breathing techniques help girls relax and let go of their worries as they practice yoga.
  3. Promoting a positive body image- When girls get in touch with their bodies through yoga, they can feel so much better about themselves overall. Yoga helps girls experience their own body strength, and for many girls, feeling stronger can help avoid feelings of self consciousness.
  4. Building self esteem- Yoga focuses on self improvement and teens measure their progress against what their own goals are.
  5. Boosting self confidence- Yoga provides a healthy environment for teens to learn about themselves without negative influence, such as images promoting a certain body image in the media. This healthy atmosphere helps bolster a girl’s positive sense of self and improves self confidence.

 

 

 

Solstice can help

If your daughter is struggling with anxiety or depression, Solstice can help guide her on a journey towards success. Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, helps struggling girls work through emotional and behavioral difficulties utilizing a comprehensive therapeutic approach.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

 

Heroes with Hooves: Benefits of Equine Therapy for Teen Girls

Heroes with Hooves: Benefits of Equine Therapy for Teen Girls 150 150 Solstice RTC

Horses are powerful, emotional creatures. They’ve lived alongside humans for thousands of years and throughout that time, humans have formed close bonds with them. It’s these close bond that make equine therapy so effective.

A recent study by the University of Rostock in Germany shows that human-animal interactions increase levels of oxytocin, also known as the “bonding hormone”. This in turn triggers an increase in trust towards others, enhances empathy and learning, lowers fear and anxiety, and improves pain management. This is of particular relevance for teen girls struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties such as trauma related struggles, depression, anxiety. Through equine therapy,  trust can slowly be regained. 

Why equine therapy?

Equine therapy is based around the idea that horses mirror the emotions and behaviors of the people that surround them. They are non-judgmental and have no pre-conceived notions about the people they are interacting with. Much like humans, horses are social animals who live in herds and have distinct personalities. This makes it easy for teens to relate to horses, when they see something of themselves in a horse. Other benefits of equine therapy include further development of:

  • empathy
  • impulse control
  • understanding nonverbal cues
  • responsibility
  • a renewed sense of trust
  • decreased feelings of isolation
  • self empowerment
  • communication skills

Equine therapy allows teen girls to learn the importance of, and how to, manage their emotional energy in order to communicate their thoughts and needs more effectively and avoid the occurrence or reactivity when responding to others. Learning these concepts in a controlled environment, like equine therapy, is a huge step towards improved social skills, emotional regulation, communications, and healthier relationships.

Solstice can help

Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, helps teen girls work through difficulties such as depression, trauma-related issues, and anxiety. Solstice utilizes equine therapy to help girls improve socially and emotionally through a close bond with the horses on campus. Solstice’s experienced, caring staff (and animals) have helped hundreds of teen girls find success and happiness.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

Miss Independence: ADHD in Teens and Parental Support

Miss Independence: ADHD in Teens and Parental Support 150 150 Solstice RTC

Now that your daughter has reached her teenage years, she’s most likely craving independence. She’s beginning to distance herself from you and your family and spending most of her time out with her friends. When your daughter has ADHD, this may become an issue. ADHD in teens often makes it more likely for teens to be more impulsive, making her time alone with friends late at night pretty risky. Parenting teens with ADHD is difficult, but it’s important to remember that your teen needs you, no matter how much she may push you away.

Providing support

While other parents of teens may be slackening the reins on their teens, ADHD in teens can cause parents to hold onto them for dear life. Teens with ADHD still need the support you’ve been giving them for most of their life. It’s still important to monitor their school work, as well as their behavior around others. Without your support, your teen might not be able to do as well as their peers.

Creating strict rules

Your continued support will most likely frustrate your teen, making them want to rebel. It’s important to set a few very strict rules for your daughter to follow. ADHD in teens makes it more likely for your teen to engage in risky behavior like drug and alcohol use, speeding, and unsafe sex. Because of this, your daughter needs to know what the consequences of her impulsivity would be. Setting clear rules and consequences is important in helping your teen understand what behaviors are completely unacceptable and what will happen if they engage in them.

ADHD in teens

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Encourage her talents

Helping your daughter explore her talents and passions is important in overcoming the shortcomings that come with ADHD. Does your daughter love sports? Theater? Band? Get her to try her hand at extracurriculars. Once something sticks, she’ll enjoy school a lot more than if she wasn’t engaged in an after school activity.

Quality Time with her

Creating a close bond with your daughter can help her work through her difficulties. She needs to know that you’re there for her when she needs you most. Make time in both of your busy schedules to go to the movies or make dinner together. On the flip side of that, if you’re arguing with your teen all the time, make sure you’re getting enough time for yourself. If you can, spend a weekend or two every year away with your friends and away from the kids. This will help you come back to your teen ready to work on her behavior!

Solstice can help

Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties can help your teen with ADHD find success.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

Study Links Child Trauma to Future Issues

Study Links Child Trauma to Future Issues 150 150 Solstice RTC

According to a study conducted by the National Center for PTSD, almost 50 percent of adolescents have witnessed or experienced a type of trauma. Out of those 50 percent exposed to child trauma, about 5 percent of them will develop PTSD. Trauma is dangerous and destructive, especially if left ignored. 

What can child trauma lead to?

The experience of child trauma can lead to many things. According to the American Psychological Association, most children display short-term distress after a traumatic event, but a substantial minority end up suffering from psychological pain. This psychological pain from child trauma can be depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many more. If untreated, this psychological pain can mutate into something debilitating and life-crippling. 

When to seek professional help

Everyone reacts to traumatic events differently. It’s normal for the first couple of weeks to be rocky, but when symptoms become chronic, it’s time to seek out a professional. Hoping time will heal is wishful thinking and doesn’t always work. Signs that your child may need treatment include:

  • Frequent dangerous, reckless behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Continuously depressed or anxious
  • Seem to show no progress in recovery
  • Pushing others away, not communicating their emotions

If you’re truly worried for your child because of their behavior, it’s important to contact a professional for help.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for older teen girls struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, or coping with child trauma. We help families heal and girls take their lives back. Through comprehensive therapies and a healthy environment, we create the perfect place for your daughter to regain control and work towards a brighter future.  

For more information about how Solstice RTC can help your daughter with child trauma, contact us today at (801)815-8700.