Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental disorders affect individuals of all ages—including children and teens. If you have a child or teen who needs help from a licensed clinician, you may be wondering how it might be possible to give your child the help they need while still allowing them to continue their education. Here is a look at some of the ways that it’s possible for children and teens to undergo behavioral treatment while getting the education they need. Read More
Parenting a troubled teen can be extremely difficult, especially when you consider the diverse array of psychological health issues that your teen may be struggling with. Unfortunately, sometimes the things that well-meaning parents do to try to help their teens can actually hurt in the long run. This is because they enable deep-seated issues to continue rather than be addressed as they should. Here is a look at some ways that you as a parent might be enabling your teen rather than helping. Read More
Today we’re continuing our difficult discussion about teens and cutting. While it can be baffling to many outsiders, it’s essential to understand the true intention and the way to move forward if your loved one is engaging in this kind of self-harm. Check out our first post to learn about cutting’s relationship with suicide, and the reasoning behind this confusing behavior. Read More
To parents, cutting is a scary and baffling trend. However, for many of our teens, it’s a desperate way of coping with pressures and emotions that are difficult to define.
Cutting is a form of self-harm that has seen an alarming rise in the past decade or two. The initial reaction to learning that someone you know is engaging in self-harm is shock, confusion, and even fear. But it’s important to understand a few basic things about cutting, so that you can find productive reactions and solutions. Read More
When you have a child or teen who is entering behavioral treatment, it’s important to understand that treatment is truly an entire package. We at New Beginnings take a comprehensive approach to treatment because we know that negative patterns of thinking and maladaptive behaviors can truly affect, or stem from, any area of life. Moreover, problems of behavioral health typically run deep and call for addressing deep-seated psychological issues. Here is a look at some of the many aspects of a well rounded approach to treatment, and how each aspect works to heal emotional scars and support true internal change.
Comprehensive treatment will, of course, involve tailored psychological care to help children and teens grapple with deep-seated issues such as anxiety, compulsive disorder, depression, grief management, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and high risk behaviors. Psychotherapy is provided on an individual basis to help each residential with specific mental and behavioral needs. Group therapy is also utilized to help children and teens develop healthy interpersonal relationships while gaining new coping skills.
It is remarkable the effect that an unbalanced diet can have on psychological health. That is why all of our snacks and meals are well balanced specifically designed to promote not only well rounded physical health but also strong mental and emotional health.
Regular, engaging physical activity is central to developing mental and emotional stability and for providing healthy outlets for managing stress. From exercise classes to outdoor experiences, children and teens can enjoy and try out recreational activities that move them.
Therapeutic activities such as music therapy, fine art, and gardening may not be extremely physical in nature, but they can help strengthen the mind significantly. These activities can help bring peace and healing to the mind, both throughout treatment and in life after treatment. These activities also give children and teens an opportunity to interact with wholesome activities that might become a central part of their post-treatment lifestyle.
Cultural activities such as visiting museums or local music events can greatly enrich any lifestyle as well, helping children and teens learn to seek wholesome activities and interactions in life beyond treatment.
Mental and behavioral problems such as anxiety and depression can cause a person to become increasingly inwardly focused, and community service gives children and teens the opportunity to look outward while contributing to their surrounding community.
Children and teens also need education at this vital time in their lives, and we are able to help each individual continue their education while undergoing treatment with us. We utilize a fully accredited, well-rounded curriculum that students can conveniently access online. Coursework is completed at an individual pace according to an individually tailored time and schedule, under the supervision of multiple education facilitators.
Today children and teens are spending more and more time on social media, and most of us underestimate just how strong of an impact social networking can have on them. In fact, one report from the Office for National Statistics showed that 27% of children who spend three or more hours per day on social media sites have symptoms of mental health. Here is a look at some of the many effects that social media can have on child and teen mental and behavioral health.
Hindered communicative development
According to Baroness Susan Greenfield, who is a top neuroscientist at Oxford University, too much social networking can detract kids and teens from learning to develop proper communication skills in the real world. Communicating primarily through a screen also prevents children and teens from learning to recognize the subtleties of communication, such as body language and tone of voice. Ultimately, these barriers to communicative development can be detrimental to mental health, as children and teens may eventually have difficulty effectively communicating their thoughts and emotions to others.
Social media is centered around having a space online to call your very own—one that is entirely about you and that allows you to voice your thoughts and opinions to the public. While in many ways this can make social media a healthy outlet, it isn’t difficult to imagine that this can cause social media to promote self-centeredness as well. Self-centeredness is dangerous in children and teens because it can lead to a sense of entitlement, rebelliousness, or an inability to empathize.
Of course, social media also creates a platform where children and teens (and adults) are likely to make unrealistic comparisons to their friends and classmates. People tend to post the highlights of their own lives and present their ideal selves on social media, and this can easily create unrealistic standards that children and teens then compare themselves to.
The American Academy of Pediatrics actually coined the term “Facebook Depression” to characterize the negative psychological effects that heavy social media use can have on children and teens. In addition to feeling the pressures of unrealistic comparison while on social media, children and teens can develop feelings of anxiety or depression as they see posts that make them feel unpopular or excluded from events.
Social networking sites can also be host to vicious cyber-bullying. Be it through comments, private messages, shared posts, or unauthorized posting of photos, kids are seeing more ways to be bullied than ever before.
MSW – Adelphi University
BA in Psychology – Coastal Carolina University
AS in Human Services – Sullivan County Community College
Jessica is passionate about inspiring hope and determination in adolescents in order for them to maximize their potential for success. She enjoys assisting these individuals with implementing their coping skills in a variety of real life settings. Jessica plays multiple roles within New Beginnings such as intake coordinator, assessment counselor, utilization review representative, treatment plan advisor, and she fills in gaps when needed such as individual, group, and family psychotherapy, and residential counselor.
In her free time, Jessica is pursing another degree in Nursing so spends large amounts of time studying. When she’s finished with nursing school she plans on becoming a travel nurse, so she can explore the world. She also enjoys spending time playing with her 2 dogs (Jolly & Orbit).
Depression is an illness that can affect anyone at anytime. We tend to think first of the drastic changes in the way a person thinks, or carries themselves. You will notice a shift in there moods, or perhaps they may self isolate. It is equally important to note that although depression is a mental illness, it also has affects on the body physically. Depression may also affect the brain and central nervous system, the heart and blood vessels, the immune system, and your bones. If your think your depressed please seek medical help, which could in the long run may save your life.