Among concerns parents have about their teens, the even fleeting thought of suicide ignites a terror so visceral, realistic consideration and inquiry may be hastily abandoned. Teen girls, often pros at hiding their struggles, may leave parents out of the loop regarding the extent of their hopelessness. Read More
"Molly’s mom found out about Molly’s self-cutting one day upon encountering her daughter emerging from the shower. Even though Molly chose to cut on her belly and upper thighs as an attempt to keep her behavior an absolute secret, a chance meeting in the bathroom revealed her behavior." Dr. Lucie Hemmen discusses ways to identify and treat cutting behavior in teens. Read More
Even if you’re the calmest person and parent on earth, there’s a good chance you’ve lost your cool with your teen daughter. With her unpredictable moods and a proclivity to regard you as the gum she just stepped in, you may feel challenged on a daily basis. Read More
You may think your teen daughter asserts an exasperating amount of power with you, as in Pit Bull—not Chihuahua. My youngest teen daughter asserted her power very effectively just yesterday, resulting in a Zappos order for obscenely high wedge sandals, apparently a must-have item for middle school graduation. Read More
It’s not easy being a teen girl and not easy parenting one. More than previous generations, today’s teen girls face a daunting range of stressors that put them at risk for serious issues including self-harming behaviors, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. Read More
Lucie Hemmen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and author of the book Parenting a Teen Girl.