The 8 Stages of Erikson’s Theory of Development

It’s important for parents, teachers, and other caregivers, such as staff at teen rehab treatment centers, to be able to guide children and teens through healthy social-emotional development stages of their growth. To help with this, an understanding of some basic psychology is worthwhile. A psychologist by the name of Erik Erikson identified eight specific psychological …

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Why Substances are More Harmful to the Teen Brain

Teen bodies develop quickly, and adolescents can physically look like adults. However, the teen brain is not yet fully developed. The ability to control impulses and the perspective to make well-informed decisions, as well as other executive functions, are controlled by the prefrontal cortex, which is the last part of the brain to mature. This …

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Types of Trauma: Type A and Type B Trauma Defined

Many teens that suffer from addiction or a mental health issue have experienced some type of trauma in their lives. Traumatic events can occur anytime from early childhood into late adulthood. People often do not realize that their mental health concerns stem from a traumatic event. Further, it can be more difficult to identity the specific event …

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The Challenge of Teens Facing Traumatic Experiences

Today, many teenagers suffer traumatic experiences and are in serious need of trauma recovery through therapy and other coping methods. Further, some teenagers who have dealt with traumatic experiences, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder that is accompanied by feelings of fear, horror, and/or helplessness. For many adults, including the parents of adolescents, …

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The Dangers of Negative Peer Pressure in Teens

Negative peer pressure in teens is a challenge that has been well known and persistent. However, the dangers of negative peer pressure in teens is becoming more pervasive and harder to combat given the rise of social networking and mobile devices. As a result, peer pressure can follow teenagers wherever they go. Such constant peer …

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Understanding the Challenge of Teen Emotions & Supporting Your Teen

The challenge of dealing with teen emotions is not easy for any parent. Teenagers are transitioning from childhood into adulthood, where they are developing their independence and having their own opinions. It is also a period when mounting pressures around school grades, SAT scores, sports team performance, and college applications can cause teenagers to feel …

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