Taking Stock of Summer

Summer can be a mixed bag for teens and their parents. While expectations for fun, friends, and freedom begin to distract teens in spring, by late July many are feel restless and irritable.

Teens and Suicide

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.

Cutting to Cope Part Two

"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.

Stressed Out Teen Girls: Cutting to Cope

While self-harming is not a new phenomenon, cutting is showing a disturbing rise in popularity. Eager to please, overly stressed teen girls are at risk.

Teen Girls Displaying an Interesting Adaptation

In our culture at a time when very little is sacred, girls are making a personality adaptation that protects them. Our girls are getting crustier.

Teen Girls: Nibbling to Separate

As a young intern, I once heard my supervisor describe mothering teen girls as being similar to getting “nibbled to death by minnows”. Pre-motherhood, I didn’t really get it.

Parenting Teen Girls

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.