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How Emotional Intelligence Can be a Protective Factor for Teens with Emotional Issues

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While being able to identify negative emotions doesn’t always mean you are able to avoid them, research suggests that teenagers who can describe their negative emotions in details are more resilient when negative emotions arise. Emotional intelligence, or being more aware and understanding of your feelings, is associated with better emotion regulation. This may mean they’re more in touch with physical sensations associated with feelings and are better at noticing when they begin to feel overwhelmed, but it also means they have developed the skills necessary to process these emotions and move forward. Developing emotional intelligence can help teens reduce suffering associated with their emotional issues. 

What is Emotional Intelligence?

  • The ability to recognize your emotions
  • Understanding why you’re experiencing those emotions
  • Managing your emotions and reactions to emotional experiences
  • Being able to choose a different mood or feeling when you dislike the way you feel
  • Understanding how others might feel and why
  • Showing empathy towards others

While these are all important life skills, teenagers are still developing parts of their brains that allow them to develop this awareness. However, the emotional side of their brain has developed substantially in the past few years with their undeveloped rational side of their brain struggling the balance. This explains why many teenagers may claim to be very “in touch with their feelings,” but struggle to control the emotions they feel when they are affecting them negatively. 

According to the study, which aimed to investigate whether emotional intelligence was a result of depression or a protective factor against it, teens who struggle to differentiate between types of negative emotions are at a higher risk of experiencing symptoms of depression following stressful life events. 

How is it Beneficial?

 “Adolescents who use more granular terms such as ‘I feel annoyed,’ or ‘I feel frustrated,’ or ‘I feel ashamed’ — instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’ — are better protected against developing increased depressive symptoms after experiencing a stressful life event,” explains Lisa Starr, a professor at the University of Rochester. “Emotions convey a lot of information. They communicate information about the person’s motivational state, level of arousal, emotional valence, and appraisals of the threatening experience. Basically, you need to know the way you feel in order to change the way you feel.”

Some outcomes of increased emotional intelligence may include:

  • Increased confidence
  • Healthier coping skills
  • More resilience
  • Healthier relationships
  • Improved social skills
  • More assertiveness
  • Better problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Less impulsivity

Solstice Can Help

Solstice West RTC  is a residential treatment program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy to allow girls to explore themselves in a variety of ways. Through groups on various topics, girls learn to become more aware of their emotions and to express them appropriately to others. Solstice Residential Treatment Center is dedicated to teaching young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions. 

For more information about our how Solstice helps teen girls build emotional intelligence, call 866-278-3345. We can help your family today!

 

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Facts About Your Depressed Teenage Daughter

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The onset of depression occurs differently based on the individual. A new study even suggests that males and females develop depression differently. Depression is often characterized by low mood, loss of interest and pleasure, and major changes to sleep and appetite. However, it is not limited to these symptoms.  Some of the few differing factors between boys in girls include the following:

  • Young women are almost twice as likely as men to develop depression
  • Previous research has found similar rates of depression in both male and female genders prior to puberty—though some findings suggest boys may be slightly more likely than girls to experience depression.
  • Women will continue to have a higher likelihood of meeting the criteria for depression in their adult years.

If you have a depressed teenage daughter, it is important to note why she may experience depressive symptoms and the factors that contribute to the mental illness. Some things to consider are listed below.

  • One explanation for this difference is the earlier puberty in females compared to males. For instance, previous research has shown that early age of first menstrual cycle is associated with greater depressive symptoms.
  • This increased reactivity and stressor responsiveness in adolescent girls may result in greater anxiety and depressive symptoms.
  • Female adolescents—compared to male adolescents—experience not only a more rapid increase in depressive symptoms at an earlier age but also more depressive symptoms overall.

How To Help Your Depressed Teenage Daughter

Helpguide.org suggests three tips on how you can help your depressed teenage daughter cope with her symptoms and get the help she needs. Here’s what the source says:

    1. Encourage Social Interaction. Isolation makes depression worse. You should make communicating with your teen a priority. Set aside time each day to have one-on-one time with your teen. Make efforts to keep your teen connected with friends. Suggest that they get together with their friends or have their friends come over. Surrounding themselves with other kids is a good way to combat social isolation. Getting them involved in sports, clubs, or other activities is a great start to meeting new friends.
    2. Prioritize physical health. Physical and mental health are directly connected. Depression can worsen as a result of inactivity, poor nutrition, and lack of sleep. Establish a healthy and supportive environment at home to encourage your teen to make healthy choices. Get them moving by coming up with creative ways to encourage physical activity. Set limits on screen time and make sure you have expectations of when your teen should be unplugged from their device. Lastly, keep healthy food options available to them.
    3. Know when to seek professional help. This is perhaps the most important part. When your teen’s struggles extend beyond your realm of knowledge or beyond your ability to give them helpful advice. You should reach out to a professional to help guide your teen to a healthier and happier life. You should research the resources available around you and do not hesitate to reach out to professionals.

 

 

Solstice Residential Treatment Center can help

Solstice Residential Treatment Center is a program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy. Solstice Residential Treatment Center is dedicated to teaching young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions. We can help your family today!

Contact us at 866-278-3345

 

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Overcoming the Power Struggle: Help For A Defiant Teenage Daughter

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Finding help for a defiant teenage daughter can be a difficult process. With hormonal changes, it can feel like a constant power struggle. When your teen is constantly going against you or striking an argument, it is important that you don’t fuel the fire. You should understand that your teenager may be very vulnerable, dealing with school stress, and/or the pressure to fit in. These stresses can build up and cause teenagers to be defiant. Defiance in teenagers can reveal itself in a number of ways. Some of these ways can include:

  • Back-talking
  • Eye-rolling
  • Purposefully not listening
  • Disregarding rules
  • Missing curfew
  • Lying
  • Disrespectfulness

Getting Your Defiant Teenage Daughter Under Control

While you may feel alone and helpless at times, rest assured knowing that there are ways you can help your teen transition from their defiant behavior to respectful behavior. Your approach to this task has a critical role in determining whether or not they respond in a positive way. Here are some methods that can help you get your defiant teenage daughter under control:

    1. Develop self-respect. This is the first step in trying to improve your teen’s sense of respect—develop your own self-respect. Know your bottom line and stand firmly in it. Set clear expectations of how you want to be treated and hold your teen accountable. Setting limits from the beginning establishes a solid foundation to build upon.
    2. Emphasize alternative actions. A lot of times defiant teens may think their behavior or attitude is going to solve their frustrations or problems. This is simply not the case. Make sure your teen knows that yelling, eye-rolling, and being disrespectful is no way to reach a positive outcome. Teach your teen to problem solve in a more effective manner.
    3. Plan ahead. It is important that you are always equipped and prepared to handle defiant behaviors. Being overly reactive and responding in an angry outburst will only make matters worse. Come up with a plan to address the situation in a meaningful way that is seeking the best interest of your teen.
    4. Ask for help. Rest assured knowing you are not the first parent to have to deal with defiant teenage behaviors. Do not hesitate to ask for help. Seek out community resources or family and friends to help enforce expectations for your teen or to give advice when you need it. Talking to someone can be extremely helpful.

Solstice Residential Treatment Center can help

Solstice Residential Treatment Center is a program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy. Solstice Residential Treatment Center is dedicated to teaching young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions. We can help your family today!

Contact us at 866-278-3345

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Have A Teen Refusing To Go To School? Here’s Some Tips

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When your teen refuses to go to school, it can cause a power struggle in your home. You may find yourself in a constant battle with them. Rest assured knowing your teen is not the first teen to engage in school refusal. Recognize that there are many underlying reasons why your teen may refuse to go to school. Here are some things to consider:

  • The pressure that comes from school may be overwhelming. Juggling academics, a social life, sports, and hobbies may become too much for your teen and not going to school to face this anxiety may be their best coping mechanism.
  • Problems at school. Perhaps your teen is being bullied or feeling isolated. If one does not feel like they fit in anywhere, they are more likely to avoid going to the place where they are reminded of that.
  • Depression, drug abuse, and/or eating disorders. There could be mental or physical symptoms that are contributing to your teens desire to stay away from school. If this could be a possibility, have them evaluated by a medical professional.

Defining School Refusal

School refusal is not to be confused with school phobia. Experts note that there is a difference between the two concepts. School phobia is fear-based. This can be linked to a fear of a specific situation or object at school. School refusal is a sign of broader anxiety- this could be separation anxiety, general anxiety, or social anxiety.

School refusal is considered an urgent situation. Therapists tend to treat school refusal as a crisis. Once you seek professional help, they will immediately work to develop a plan to address the issue at hand.

Resources for School Refusal

Ultimately, you may not have the magic key in helping your teen get in a better mindset about school. However, there are ways you can support them in trying to cope with their emotions. Help for teen refusing to go to school goes beyond the home, but that does not mean you cannot help the situation at all. Here are some ideas on how you can be supportive for your teen:

  1. Start the conversation. Ask your teen why they feel like going to school is not an option for them.
  2. Ask them how you can help. Maybe your teen needs specific help addressing a situation that is bothering them. This can also be where you determine what resources they need.
  3. Provide them with resources. As a parent, it is your job to guide them to places where they can get help immediately.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy. Solstice RTC is dedicated to teaching young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions. We can help your family today!

Contact us at 866-278-3345.

Teen Depression Treatment Center: 4 Signs Your Daughter Needs Help

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There’s regular sadness and angst–and then there’s depression. Depression is more than an episode of sadness; it causes a continuous feeling of unhappiness and loss of interest. It has the power to affect how you think, feel, and behave. As a parent, it’s hard to see when your daughter’s sadness has morphed into something that only a teen depression treatment center may be able handle.

When left ignored, depression can lead to various physical and emotional issues, making it all the more important to get help as early on as possible.

Recognizing whether your daughter needs help for depression

It can be difficult for a parent to discern between regular moodiness in a teen and depression. As a teen depression treatment center, we know what to watch for and have compiled a list of four red flags for parents trying to figure out whether their daughter is struggling with depression or not.

Length of sadness, hopelessness, or frustration

teen depression treatment centerIf depression goes untreated, it creates intense feelings of hopelessness, anger, and sadness that last for weeks, months, or even longer. A regular bad mood can last hours or a couple of days–not weeks, months, and longer. Depression can. If your daughter has been in this type of mood for more than a week, it may be time to start worrying.

Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities

For a teen with depression, it can be hard to focus and make them feel as if they have no energy to go out and participate in things they usually enjoy. Depression can make an individual feel as if they can’t enjoy life. For example, let’s say your daughter has loved playing soccer since she was a little girl and suddenly she just doesn’t want to play anymore.

She doesn’t explain why really, but just shows a general lack of interest in it all. Especially if she’s starting to withdraw from friends, family, and social interaction overall, it could be a red flag. If this goes on for more than a few days, it could be a sign that your daughter may need help for depression.

Changed eating/sleeping patterns

This may sound odd at first, but depression manifests itself mentally and physically, which means it can mess with an individual’s appetite and sleep cycle. Depression could cause issues falling and staying asleep or sleeping much more than usual. It can also cause an individual to lose or gain a lot of weight.

Sudden drop in academic performance

When things start to go bad for a student mentally, academics are often the first to fall. Depression makes it hard to focus, exert effort, and care about the future–which means that school is probably the first place you’ll begin to see signs of a struggle.

If your child usually struggles in school, that’s a different story. But if they’ve generally done very well, sudden falling grades can be a huge warning sign that your child may need help from a teen depression treatment center.

Solstice is a teen depression treatment center

Solstice is a groundbreaking teen depression treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls often grapple with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us. Dealing with these issues can get confusing and overwhelming fast–but we’re here to help guide you.

Through a unique combination of therapeutic programs based upon both traditional and holistic mental health treatment, we treat our clients with age and gender specific techniques. We strive to empower teenage women with the ability to believe in themselves and provide the tools and motivation required to instill these beliefs for life.

For more information about our teen depression treatment center at Solstice, please contact us at (866) 278-3345.

Too Much to Handle Alone: Where to Send a Defiant Teenager

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If you’ve been struggling with your daughter to the point of it disrupting her daily life, you may be thinking, “I have no clue where to send a defiant teenager.” You’re not alone. That’s generally what every parent in your position is thinking–and that’s because no parenting book or meeting prepared you for this situation.

If you’ve already gone through traditional therapy and haven’t made much progress, it may be time to look into more intensive and alternative options. Residential treatment centers (RTC) are one of those options. These are places where your daughter can get the space and attention to truly work through the issues she’s been facing.

Why an RTC is where to send a defiant teenager

Comprehensive Therapy

At an RTC like Solstice, many types of therapies are built into the fabric of the programming in order to create a more holistic approach to treatment. This makes sure that your child is able to receive treatment in all her individual areas of struggle.

It also allows her to find the most effective and beneficial treatment for her specific needs. The types of therapy used can include equine therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and many others.

where to send defiant teenager24/7  Therapeutic Experience

In traditional therapy, therapists don’t usually get to see how their clients apply their sessions after they leave the office. In addition, the client isn’t typically able to apply what they learned in a safe, therapeutic environment.

Not only is your child being cared for 24/7, but she’s experiencing a complete, intensive therapeutic experience. In a residential treatment center for teens, your daughter gets the full benefits a therapeutically integrative and intensive experience.

Making Mistakes in a Safe Environment

To move forward and work through her issues, your daughter needs to be able to make mistakes in a safe, nurturing setting that will give her the proper feedback to grow. She’s able to do this in a residential treatment center for teens. The environment is specifically designed to do this through secure facilities and trained staff.

Bringing Skills Back Home

An RTC understands that you want your daughter to be able to continue to reach her potential and succeed once she moves on from the program. To do this, residential treatment centers focus on building and strengthening skills that will be useful for your daughter throughout her life–not just in the program.

When thinking where to send a defiant teenager, RTCs should be at the top of your list if your daughter is struggling.

Solstice is here for your daughter

Solstice is a groundbreaking residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls often grapple with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us. When trying to find where to send a defiant teenager, things can get confusing and overwhelming fast–but we’re here to help guide you.

Through a unique combination of therapeutic programs based upon both traditional and holistic mental health treatment, we treat our clients with age and gender specific techniques. We strive to empower teenage women with the ability to believe in themselves and provide the tools and motivation required to instill these beliefs for life.

If you’re searching for where to send a defiant teenager, we may be able to help at Solstice. Please contact us at (866) 278-3345.

The Critical Components of PTSD Treatment for Girls

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ptsd treatment for girlsSpecifically in residential PTSD treatment for girls, there are many important components needed in order to ensure the best results. It’s not just about the PTSD-specific therapies being offered, it’s also about the setting, staff, and feeling the whole program provides.

What makes residential PTSD treatment for girls effective

 

  • Nurturing Environment: In residential PTSD treatment for girls, the environment has to be kind and nurturing. This is what a fully therapeutic setting does. It’s immersive and provides the level of care girls struggling with trauma need. Developing an environment that inspires personal growth and confidence is essential to the healing process.
  • Supportive Setting: Support is one of the most important components of successful PTSD treatment for girls. It’s not just about the staff being supportive, it’s the whole community–including the individual’s own family. There’s a system of support that needs to be built into the fabric of the program, otherwise the feeling of safety and warmth won’t be there.
  • Caring, Trained Staff: The staff need to be passionate about helping adolescents work through their issues and reach success. Alongside that, they also need to be appropriately trained to deal with situations that arise with struggling girls.
  • Comprehensive Therapy: The whole reason residential treatment exists is because traditional therapy alone wasn’t making much progress. To reach the best results in PTSD treatment for girls, many different therapies need to be utilized. No individual is the same, which is why a comprehensive therapeutic model accommodates to each girl’s specific needs. These therapies can be anything from EMDR therapy to equine therapy to family therapy to experiential therapy.
  • Relationship Building: Most girls struggling with a mental health issue also struggle with forming and maintaining relationships. They struggle with trusting others, opening up, and learning what a positive bond versus a negative bond looks like. Relationships are the foundation of our lives. Without a support system of family and friends, life can be pretty difficult. This is why it’s so important to include relationship building as an essential pillar in residential PTSD treatment for girls.

 

If you believe your daughter is having issues with trauma or other mental health challenges, it is critical to seek out a professional. Hoping the problem will remedy itself with time often does not turn out well–not just for your daughter, but for the whole family.

Solstice RTC is here for your daughter

Solstice RTC is a groundbreaking residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls often grapple with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us.

Through a unique combination of therapeutic programs based upon both traditional and holistic mental health treatment, we treat our clients with age and gender specific techniques. We strive to empower teenage women with the ability to believe in themselves and provide the tools and motivation required to instill these beliefs for life.

For more information about our PTSD treatment for girls at Solstice RTC, please contact us at (866) 278-3345.

Moving Forward at a Residential Treatment Facility for Teen Girls

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When your daughter is struggling, it’s hard to know what to do among all the options available. The first try is usually traditional therapy. When this doesn’t result in improvement, many parents are lost on what to do. At this point, a residential treatment facility for teen girls may be the answer.

What is a residential treatment facility for teens?

A residential treatment facility is a specialized program that helps young people work through mental illness, substance abuse, and other behavioral issues. These facilities are specifically designed to deal with the issues of a certain age group. By temporarily living outside of their homes, teens in these treatment programs are able to be properly supervised and treated by professionals.

How does residential treatment differ from traditional therapy?

For a lot of struggling teens, traditional therapy is enough, but there’s a lot that need a step further. At a residential treatment facility for teen girls, your child is given a greater intervention that’ll help steer them in a healthier direction. Some of the aspects of a residential treatment center include:

Safe Environment. The point of these programs is to create a sanctuary where your child can make mistakes and work through issues. To do this, your child rarely has an unsupervised moment in order to provide the greatest safety.

Trained Staff. The staff in a residential treatment facility for teen girls are trained specifically to deal with the age and gender concentration of the program. These staff are thoroughly taught how to handle and subdue dangerous situations.

Comprehensive Therapy. In these programs, they use a combination of many different therapies in order to give your child the best treatment possible. This can include individual, group, family, equine, and many other therapies. Aside from that, when your child comes through the door, an individualized treatment plan is created to help your child through their own specific problems.

Solstice as a residential treatment facility for teen girls

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment facility for teen girls, ages 14-18, struggling with issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral issues. Through the use of many different therapeutic techniques, we strive to give our girls the most effective care we can provide.

To learn more about Solstice’s residential treatment facility for teen girls, please call (866) 278-3345 today!

Beating Back the Monsters with EMDR Therapy

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When something traumatic happens to you, sometimes it stays in your mind, vivid as the day it happened years later. It can manifest in dreams and reality, making life more difficult. Moving forward with trauma, anxiety, or depression can seem nearly impossible for some people. There’s hope, though. As more studies confirm its effectiveness, EMDR therapy has become a more accepted and used technique for those struggling with trauma, depression, or anxiety.

What is EMDR therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, but that’s a mouthful so it’s referred to as EMDR therapy. It’s a psychotherapy that allows a person to rework through a disruptive life experience and alleviate the distress associated with it. Many studies have shown it to be extremely successful with not just single-trauma victims, but multi-trauma victims. 

How does it work?

It’s fair to ask how moving your eyes back and forth can ease anxiety, depression, and trauma, but the truth is that researchers are still searching for a full explanation.

Some outcomes in studies have suggested that the eye movement mimics that of REM sleep, allowing the brain to fully process negative memories instead of having them stuck on repeat in the person’s mind. Though the true understanding is unknown, the evidence for the effectiveness of EMDR therapy is there in hard research. It’s hard to ignore something that can be so beneficial to so many suffering people. 

Solstice RTC is here to help

EMDR allows us to get past the verbal part of the traumatic memory and touch on imagery, body sensation, emotion, and negative core belief systems.  Without touching on these components of Trauma, it is difficult to redirect the acting out behavior that comes in response to a traumatic event.  It is amazing to witness the girls at Solstice move past memories that have become “stuck” and into a “functioning” memory.  Trauma no longer has to control their lives and they feel empowered to view their lives differently. – Kami Black, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director and Primary Therapist at Solstice RTC

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling young women, ages 14-18. Our program is engineered to help our girls work through issues, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. We utilize many different therapeutic techniques, including EMDR therapy, to create a comprehensive treatment for each individual in our program.

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