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The Parent’s Guide to Psychiatric Medication for Teens

March 25, 2024 By: LifeStance Health Read Time: 6 Minutes
The Parent’s Guide to Psychiatric Medication for Teens
This content has been updated from the previous article on November 23, 2020. Watching your child struggle with a mental health issue is one of the most stressful things a parent can face. Chances are that this is not the teenage years you imagined for your child. An estimated 49.5 percent of adolescents has had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. For young people who do have mental health disorders, early intervention and treatment can help lessen the impact on their lives. However, there is still plenty of hope. Mental health conditions are treatable, and your teen can live a healthy, happy life. Part of this journey involves choosing psychiatric medication for teens. The guide below can help you make the decision that is right for your family. If you need more personalized guidance, schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate mental health care providers....
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How to Seek Help for Hoarders

Unpacking the Common Methods of Overcoming Hoarding Despite affecting a significant percentage of the population, hoarding is a topic that remains somewhat stigmatized and severely misunderstood. But what exactly does it entail? Whether seeking actionable advice, guided help for hoarders or just curious to learn more, you’re in the right place. We’re starting the conversation about this commonly experienced condition, including tips on how to overcome hoarding. The Fine Line Between Collecting and Hoarding Some people see collecting as a socially acceptable form of hoarding, but where is the line? The truth is that it is often a blurry one. While emotional connections to p...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 20, 2024
Read Time: 7 Minutes
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Types of Therapy

“Being Strong” is Out – Grief Counseling is Here to Stay

Roughly 2.5 million people die in the United States annually, each leaving an average of five grieving people behind. Grief also affects people of all ages. It is estimated 1.5 million children (5% of children in the United States) have lost one or both parents by age 15. In a society that often praises stoicism and “being strong,” the importance of processing emotions, particularly grief, has been underestimated. However, the tide is changing. The perception of Grief Counseling or Bereavement Counseling has evolved to become an essential part of emotional and mental well-being. In some states such as California, state law guarantees most employees up to five days of bereavement leave from work following the death of a family member. What is Grief Counseling?...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 18, 2024
Read Time: 8 Minutes
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“Being Strong” is Out – Grief Counseling is Here to Stay
Disorders

When Socializing Loses Its Spark: Coping with Social Anhedonia

What Is Social Anhedonia? Social anhedonia is a condition characterized by a lack of enjoyment in social situations, often misunderstood or misdiagnosed due to its complex nature. Unlike physical anhedonia, which refers to a lack of pleasure from physical or sensory experiences such as eating, affection, and sex, social anhedonia symptoms involve a distinct disinterest in interpersonal relationships, flat vocal expression, and social withdrawal. Social Anhedonia vs. Social Anxiety vs Introversion It’s easy to muddle social anhedonia with conditions that manifest similar symptoms, such as social anxiety, depression, or even autism spectrum disorder—especially as anhedonia c...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 13, 2024
Read Time: 5 Minutes
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When Socializing Loses Its Spark: Coping with Social Anhedonia
Disorders

A Guide to Personalized Adjustment Disorder Treatment Plans

The term “adjustment disorder” was coined to describe a set of symptoms and experiences that individuals go through when they have difficulty coping with specific stressors or life changes. Imagine someone facing a significant life change—maybe they’ve moved to a new city, gone through a breakup, or experienced a major loss. These changes trigger a range of emotions, and that’s completely normal. After all, life is full of adjustments, like learning a new dance with every twist in the story. However, there’s a subtle but important distinction between dealing with changes and struggling with a full-blown disorder. Coping with change is like learning a new dance step—it might take time, but it’s part of the rhythm of life. On the other hand, an adjustment disorder is like stumbling on the dance floor. It’s when the emotions become overwhelming, and the person has trouble keeping up with the beat. Adjustment Disorder (AD) is a recognized and proper medical diagnosis within the field of mental health. It’s listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is a widely used manual for diagnosing mental health conditions. Adjustment disorder symptoms encompass...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 11, 2024
Read Time: 6 Minutes
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A Guide to Personalized Adjustment Disorder Treatment Plans
Types of Therapy

How Narrative Therapy Lets People Rewrite Their Story

Everything You Need to Know About Narrative Therapy Using the power of storytelling to promote healing and personal growth, Narrative Therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling and community work. It upholds the individual as the expert in their own life, refusing to pigeonhole them as a problem to be solved. It operates on the premise that our lives are shaped by the stories we tell ourselves and, since stories can be rewritten, so can our lives. Keep reading for everything you need to know about Narrative Therapy. The Transformative Power of Narrative Therapy The strength of Narrative Therapy lies in its ability to foster resilience, empathy, and self-ef...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 6, 2024
Read Time: 4 Minutes
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Disorders

FDA Greenlights Exxua™ (Gepirone): A Promising New Antidepressant for 2024

In a significant stride towards addressing the complexities of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), the FDA’s September 2023 approval of the groundbreaking drug, Exxua, has sparked hope and optimism. This innovative development is paving the way for new possibilities in the realm of Depression Medication Treatment, which is a game-changer for both providers and patients. The promising potential of Exxua cannot be understated, so we’re shedding light on its unique qualities and the impact it may have on individuals dealing with MDD. The Evolution of MDD Treatments Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) has been a longstanding challenge in the field of mental health, as treating it can be tricky. Over the decades, treatment strategies...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 4, 2024
Read Time: 4 Minutes
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FDA Greenlights Exxua™ (Gepirone): A Promising New Antidepressant for 2024
Lifestyle/Cultural

Are AI and Mental Health Compatible?

In a world where technology seems to weave itself into the fabric of our daily lives more and more, it’s no wonder we’re looking to it for solutions to some of our most complex problems, like mental health care. The intersection of AI and mental health is not just a sci-fi fantasy–it’s becoming a tangible reality that’s reshaping the ways we approach and understand mental well-being. Artificial Intelligence Helps Patient Diagnosis and Assessments The advent of artificial intelligence in healthcare has been nothing short of transformative. While AI has been around for a while, it’s only recently that we’re starting to see its direct impact on diagnosing and treating conditions like Depression,...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 28, 2024
Read Time: 6 Minutes
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Are AI and Mental Health Compatible?