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Teen eating disorders: Talking to your teen about a potential eating issue

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If you notice your teen is skipping meals, only taking a bite or two of their food every meal, or running to the bathroom every time dinner’s over, it may be a sign she has a teen eating disorder of some kind. Even if it turns out to be something else, it’s important to have a conversation with her about teen eating disorders and their dangerous ramifications.

What do I say?

Talking to your teen about teen eating disorders may seem like an intimidating conversation to have. You may be having thoughts like, “what if she does have an eating disorder and I’m only going to make things worse with this talk” or “if she doesn’t have an eating disorder she may become self conscious about the way she eats”. Whatever you’re thinking, push those thoughts out. If you’re noticing any symptoms of teen eating disorders, you need to talk to your daughter about it. No matter what. Here are some pointers for this conversation:

  • Start the conversation right after you notice her carrying out one of the worrisome habits (like after she returns from the bathroom after dinner). That way, you can point out the behavior while it’s happening and she can’t deny it. 
  • Make sure your daughter is comfortable talking about it. Before going off on a rant about your worries, ask her if it’s okay for you to share what’s on your mind. If she’s not open to listening, nothing is going to come from this conversation.
  • Be straightforward about your worries. Instead of beating around the bush, tell her with compassion and love that you think she has an eating disorder because you’ve noticed X and Y symptoms.
  • Be prepared with a plan. Don’t go into this conversation without an endgame in mind. If she admits to having a problem, you need to have a professional already set up to speak to. This is a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
  • Don’t blame yourself. This is not your fault or your daughter’s fault. You can work through this together as a family.

For additional help

If your daughter has been experiencing mild eating issues, please consider Solstice residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18.

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

Fewer than 25 Percent of Teen Bullying Victims Get Treatment

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According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, less than a quarter of victims of teen bullying get the necessary help they need. This is alarming because almost a third of all adolescents are bullied at some point.

Teen bullying can lead to serious issues

Being the victim of or partaking in teen bullying has been linked to multiple, very serious issues. These issues include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and many more. In a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, researchers found that those that had been cyber-bullied had a much higher risk of developing depression.

Telltale signs that your teen is being bullied

Identifying when your child is the victim of teen bullying is extremely important. The earlier you can get your child treatment, the better the outcome will be. Knowing the common signs of bullying could save your child from a lifetime of depression or anxiety. According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, warning signs of bullying include:

  • Sudden drop in school performance
  • Belongings frequently missing
  • Unexplained scrapes/bruises
  • Becoming more withdrawn
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Frequently “sick” or scared to go to school
  • Bullying others
  • Substance abuse

If you believe your child is portraying any of these warning signs, it’s important to seek out help. Many programs and treatments exist in order to better the lives of those struggling with bullying.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls. We treat girls with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and many more. Through comprehensive therapy and a healing environment, we lead girls back onto a positive path with a brighter future.

For more information about how Solstice RTC deals with teen bullying, contact us today at (866) 278-3345.

Is the Rate of Teen Self-Harm Rising?

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In a study posted in the US National Library of Medicine, researchers found that the rate of teen self-harm may be increasing. In later studies, only 7 to 13 percent of teens engaged in self-harming behavior; recent studies put it at 33 to 50 percent. 

Though self-injury is considered a non-suicidal behavior, in these studies at least half of teens interviewed reported multiple suicide attempts in the past. Self-harm is obviously a great threat to adolescents, making it extremely important for those struggling with it to get treatment as soon as possible. 

Who is at risk?

Self-harm is much more likely to begin in the adolescent years. Girls are more likely than boys to self-harm. Adolescents who engage in this type of behavior often report doing it because it offers a sense of relief from painful emotions or to escape a feeling of numbness. Those who struggle with eating disorders, depression, or drug/alcohol abuse are at a higher risk of teen self-harm. 

Combating teen self-harm

Those that self-harm often can’t find a healthy way to express their emotions, they need guidance and support. Hoping a teen will grow out of self-harm is not safe or effective. Seeking out professional treatment is one of the best ways to help your teen battle self-injury. Through treatment for self-harm, teens have the opportunity to gain healthy and safe coping strategies that they can practice in daily life.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls. We help girls battling depression, anxiety, trauma, teen self-harm, and many more. Through comprehensive therapy and a strong support system, Solstice RTC helps families reunite. With our program, your child can be lead back onto a path to a brighter and healthier future. 

For more information about how Solstice RTC treats teen self-harm, contact us today at (801)815-8700.

Tips to Promote Positive Teen Body Image

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According to the NYC Girl’s Project, as early as middle school 40 to 70 percent of girls dislike at least two parts of their bodies. Girls’ self-esteems take a nosedive at 12-years-old and don’t recover until they reach 20. This raises some serious questions about how our society addresses teen body image. Having a negative body image can take girls down a dangerous path, making it imperative that parents and their daughters know how to create a positive teen body image. 

Effects of a negative teen body image

The teenage years are full of physical and emotional change, making it an already difficult time to be comfortable in your own skin. Then you pile on how the media, your peers, and society tell you to look and it becomes even more difficult.

According to Mayo Clinic, a negative body image can make a girl feel inadequate as a person. Obsession with body image and looking a certain way can become unhealthy. All of these increase the risk of developing an eating disorder, depression, or low self-esteem. 

Tips to create a positive body image

Being a teenager can be confusing without guidance, that’s why it’s important for parents to step up and help lead their daughters towards a positive teen body image. A few tips from the US Department of Health and Human Services on how to encourage a healthy body image include:

  • Help her understand puberty: It’s strange to not know what’s going on inside your body, it can even become scary. Clarifying that puberty is a time of immense change, including weight fluctuation, can really help your daughter understand what she’s going through.
  • Compliment her: Recognizing when your daughter did well through her efforts, talents, or personal values is important in boosting positive self-esteem.
  • Talk to her: Make sure your daughter knows you’re there if she has any questions or issues, just voicing your support can be a huge help.
  • Practice positive body image yourself: If your daughter sees that you don’t practice what you preach, it undermines the value of the message. Make sure you’re avoiding negative statements about size, weight, or food.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls. We help lead girls through difficult issues, such as trauma, negative teen body image, depression, and many more. We help families heal.

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

Living Zombies: Sleep Deprivation in Teens

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Sleep is as important to our wellbeing as breathing, drinking, and eating. Our brain requires it to function properly. Even though we’re told this all the time, we continue to see students struggling to stay awake during class. In a study posted by the Center for Advancing Health, researchers found that only 8 percent teens get enough sleep. Without those essential 8 to 10 hours, teens have issues thinking, working, and functioning. Sleep deprivation in teens is an issue that demands immediate attention and action.

Consequences of sleep deprivation in teens

There are many mental, physical, and emotional tolls of sleep deprivation in teens, but not many are aware of how negatively sleep deprivation can impact them. According to the National Sleep Foundation, not getting enough shuteye can lead to issues such as:

  • Difficulty learning, listening, concentrating, and thinking critically
  • Forgetting important information, such as names, homework, etc.
  • Increased risk of developing depression or anxiety
  • Inappropriate, aggressive behavior
  • Varying eating patterns, leading to under- or over-eating
  • Contribute to sickness
  • Increase recklessness, especially in driving

Why students are so sleep deprived

According to the Child Mind Institute, sleep deprivation in teens happens for multiple reasons. Apparently a mix of society’s expectations, technology, and biology create the perfect conditions for sleep deprivation. The major reasons for sleep deprived teenagers include:

  • Hormonal Changes: During puberty, there is a shift in the amount of melatonin (the sleep hormone) teenage bodies produce. This throws their inner clock off, making their natural time to fall asleep around 11 pm.
  • Technology: The light that electronics such as cellphones emit send signals to the brain that it’s not time to go to sleep yet. Using devices at night makes it even harder for teenagers to fall asleep.
  • Societal Norms: We live in a society that favors activity over inactivity. This means that sleep is often looked at as time that’s wasted and not a priority, when it should be one of the most important times of the day.

How to help

Parents can help fight against sleep deprivation in teens by educating their children on the harmful effects of not getting enough sleep and creating guidelines to help their teens get to bed at a healthy time. For example, turning off all devices an hour before bed will make it much easier for teenagers to fall asleep.

If your teenager requires further help dealing with the effects of sleep deprivation, many programs exist to help. Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling girls. We help families work through issues, such as depression and anxiety from sleep deprivation.

For more information about how Solstice RTC can help your daughter, call us at (801)815-8700.

Beating the Monster: Diagnosing and Treating Teen Anxiety

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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,

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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 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 get back on the right track.

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