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ADHD in teens

How does ADHD in teens affect social skills?

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Ever since ADHD emerged as a medical diagnosis in the late 1970s, thousands of children and teens have been diagnosed. As the years passed more research has emerged on how to help treat those affected and has given parents guides to help children navigate life. With some coaching and mild interventions, your child should be able to have a healthy and successful life.

Symptoms of ADHD in teens

Can include:

  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity 
  • These symptoms can be combined as well 
  • Because of these symptoms, children can also struggle with social skills and have difficulty making friends

My child is struggling socially. How can I help? 

As parents, it can be difficult to see your child struggle to make friends. Encouraging positive social behavior and helping to educate others on your child’s condition can help your child feel more comfortable. Some helpful actions can include: 

  • Give immediate and frequent feedback on inappropriate behavior and missed social cues
  • Focus on areas where your child is struggling with and role play social situations
  • Encourage your child to interact with a smaller group of peers to limit social anxiety
  • Reward improved social skills 

Benefits of therapy programs teaching social skills:

At residential programs like Solstice West, your child will learn how to interact with peers on a deeper level. Intensive therapy groups such as processing groups will give your child’s peers a chance to talk to your child about how her behavior is affecting the group as a whole. The milieu based therapeutic approach allows your daughter to learn social cues through experience with support staff guiding her. This way she can experience social interactions and have support if she begins to feel overwhelmed or confused. If you as parents have specific concerns you can talk you your therapist and treatment team to come up with a specialized plan to work on certain issues. 

emotional intelligence

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!

emotional struggles in teens

Working Through Emotional Struggles in Teens

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Ah, puberty. The time when every problem seems like the end of the world. And the time when a child begins discovering their individuality. Unfortunately, growing up is never easy – not for the child, and especially not for the parent. With puberty often come disagreements, difficult days, and moments when your child can be downright cruel.

On the other hand, puberty is the time when your child slowly morphs into their adult self. This transitional period shapes who your child will be; with this in mind, it is extremely important for the parent to be available even if (when) the going gets tough. While it may occasionally be tempting to give up, there are several tips to help deal with the emotional struggles in teens.

Signs of Emotional Struggles in Teens

There are many outward signs of emotional struggles in teens. While no two cases are the same and the emotional struggles in teens can vary from person to person, several typical patterns frequently emerge. Some teens may express anger or sadness. Mood swings and rapid changes in appearance or friend groups could be indicators of inner turmoil. Also, many teens are tempted to try alcohol or drugs, especially as a response to stress. The first step to recognizing emotional struggles in teens is to educate yourself to the form they may take in your child. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that the teenage brain is different from the brain of an adult. Recklessness, for instance, is a natural part of development – with the problem potentially worsened by the presence of emotional struggles in teens. Emotional struggles in teens are not a reflection of the parent; they are, in most cases, simply a phase.

When dealing with emotional struggles in teens, remember to:

  • Watch for substance use and mental illness. Much of the time, emotional struggles in teens will pass with age. However, in some cases, emotional struggles in teens mask a deeper issue. If your child’s behavior lasts for extended periods of time or you suspect your child is using drugs or drinking alcohol, it may be time to consider professional assistance.
  • Set an example. As much as teenagers would hate to admit it, they look up to the parents. By being a role model, you encourage your teen to try to emulate your actions – just make sure not to set impossible expectations!
  • Listen. Opening up lines of communication with your child will allow them to approach you when they need help. Emotional struggles in teens can be lonely; if you are there for your teen when they need you, they are more likely to share their feelings in the future.
  • Have fun together. Often, parents forget that their children have interests that may differ from their own. Bonding over an activity that is fun for both you and your child will allow you to gently guide your child onto a healthy path.
  • Stay positive. While parenting a teen may hurt, in the end, keeping a good attitude is crucial to helping your teen become a well-adjusted adult.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, can help your struggling daughter find success.

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


Why Send Your Daughter to a Residential Treatment Center for Girls?

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We’ve all heard the horror stories. Military-style boot camps. “Scared Straight” programs.

But this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In reality, a residential treatment center for girls is an environment specifically geared toward giving your child a safe space. Growing up is never easy, but with the aid of caring professionals, your daughter will be able to work through her issues. 

Benefits of a Residential Treatment Center for Girls

A residential treatment center for girls offers many ways in which to guide your daughter back on track. The most common reasons for considering a residential treatment center for girls include:

  • Helping your daughter’s problems. Outward behavior often reflects inner turmoil. For instance – and this is merely one example – it is easy to write school refusal off as stubbornness. However, chances are, there’s an underlying cause. A residential treatment center for girls specializes in identifying and confronting these problems.
  • Treatment for mental illness. Puberty is especially difficult for those struggling with a mental disorder. At a residential treatment center for girls, if your daughter struggles with such a condition, on-staff psychiatrists well help her learn that she is not defined by her illness.
  • Building family relationships. A residential treatment center for girls focuses on teaching your child how to bond with the rest of the family. The ultimate goal is, after all, to make your daughter better-equipped to encounter the world – by strengthening her ties to the ones close to her, she will be ready for anything to come.
  • Getting back the daughter you love. Sometimes, seemingly overnight, the child you know can turn into a complete stranger. No matter how hard you try, everything sets her off – and you watch her slip into dangerous, reckless behaviors. At a residential treatment center for girls, your daughter will be helped along a path towards success.

Consider Solstice

Solstice is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Solstice can help your daughter reach her fullest potential.

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

Year in Review-2015

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It has been an amazing year for Solstice! We have seen so much growth, healing and improvements, both in our program and in our residents. Here are just a few of the amazing things that have happened at Solstice this year!

New building

We waited patiently for many months as our new school and administration building was built. It was fully worth the wait! We are loving the custom-built classrooms, our state of the art computer lab and spacious therapy offices, as well as the abundance of new green-space throughout our campus.


We are elated about the 17 graduates we had from our program this year! Each of these girls worked hard in both therapy and school to become successful, confident young women.

Ribbon Cutting Party

Along with our new school, Solstice threw a summer party for an official ribbon cutting! Between the dunk tank, horse rides for the staffs’ children, a lip-syncing battle and food provided by the Waffle Wagon, residents, staff and their families all had a great time celebrating our new building.

San Juan trip

In May, Solstice partnered with Breakwater Expeditions to offer our first parent-daughter adventure therapy trip. Four Solstice families joined with a few Solstice staff to kayak the San Juan Islands. They traveled approximately 33 miles by kayak and then spent a day in Seattle to enjoy time together and practice their newly learned skills.

Employees of the year

At the end of each year we recognize an employee of the year. This year we couldn’t choose just one and our employees of the year were Recreation Director, Stacey Rosenberg, and Summer Team Director, Lacey King. We are proud to have Stacey and Lacey as part of the Solstice team!