There are many articles and stories out there discussing teen anxiety and also the impact of social media. In fact, it is estimated that teenagers spend, on average, about 9 hours a day on social media platforms. They are interacting with each other, sending messages and sharing photos and videos. However, issues such as peer pressure, something that many teens face in real life (also known as “IRL”) have also moved online too.
All teens experience mood swings. It’s one of the defining characteristics of that age. However, some teens struggle more when it comes to mood than their peers. This struggle is more than typical teenage moodiness. Teens may feel sad, depressed, or even angry. Therapy can help with these issues, especially dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT.
We often read articles about improving communication between you and your teen. And it's true; we need skilled communication to succeed in any relationship. However, if you dig a little deeper, something more nuanced needs our attention — validation. If you have a sullen, argumentative, or dismissive teenager, you know how hard it can feel to communicate with them.
Setting goals isn’t just for adults. Teens also have things that they want to accomplish. Although, they may not frame those thoughts in the same way as an adult might. Still, it creates a perfect time to coach your teen on setting measurable goals. After all, goal-setting is a valuable life skill. Plus, if they learn to [...]
If you’ve just learned that your child is suicidal, it's only natural to feel lost on what to do. Knowing that your teen is struggling so much that they want to end their life is heartbreaking for any parent. You likely want to swoop them up and protect them, and yet, what you need is a plan. [...]
Hooray for summer! Summer vacation, road trips, family picnics, and barbecues are all typical summertime events. Yet, summer offers a break not just from school. It also mixes up the schedule that your family typically follows for most of the year. What this can offer you is more opportunities to interact and become closer with your [...]
Although it often doesn't make it easier as a parent, you might genuinely know that your teen is trying to make positive changes. But, you still feel frustrated sometimes. After all, sometimes it’s hard to accept (or understand) teenagers and their behaviors. Perhaps the cycle looks something like you becoming upset and them lashing out—and [...]
Signs Your Teen May be Self-Harming As a parent, it can be terrifying to imagine the possibility of your teen participating in self-harming behaviors. Self-harm is a complicated and difficult world to understand from the outside, which can make knowing how to help your child a frustrating process. Many destructive, self-harming behaviors can be easily [...]
Dealing with Teen Depression with Dialectical Behavior Therapy Are you worried that your teenager is depressed? It is normal for a teenager to be moody and to want to shift towards independence. Teens also tend to have different sleep habits from children and adults. For most teens, the weekends are often marked with staying up [...]
How to Help Adolescence who Self-Harm with DBT Susie was 16 years old when she came for treatment at Suffolk DBT on Long Island. Susie is not an actual client but a typical one that we see at our practice. She had been with six other treatment providers in three years due to suicidal ideation [...]