Academic Anxiety Thwarts Achievement

Feb 11, 2015

  Academic pressure is nothing new, but full-blown anxiety over the need to achieve perfectly can sometimes produce an opposite result, paralyzing students and preventing them from accomplishing even the simplest task. Other students put in many hours of effort and obtain good grades, but somehow feel that it is never enough. How much academic…

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The Heartbreak of Having a Daughter with Anorexia

Feb 10, 2015

  If you have a daughter with symptoms of anorexia, you are not alone; anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Anorexia nervosa is a fear of gaining weight that mostly effects teenage girls and young women. It is marked by…

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Binge Eating Disorder in Adolescent Girls

Feb 9, 2015

Binge eating is becoming more common for young women in the U.S., but particularly for adolescent girls. Binge eating is not discussed as much as the more well-known eating disorders of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, however it is more common. Officially classified as an eating disorder diagnosis in 2013, binge eating disorder (BED) is…

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Teenage Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Feb 4, 2015

If you believe that your teenager has ingested a harmful substance call 911 immediately.   Havenwood specializes in helping teenagers who have drug and alcohol problems.  We would be happy to consult with you to determine how we can help–CALL NOW. *** While some consider experimentation with drugs and alcohol to be normal rites of passage…

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Warning Signs of Suicide

Feb 4, 2015

Suicide can occur without warning signs when, for example, a person finds themselves in an unbearable and overwhelming situation and decides to act on impulse. However, if you are aware of some general suicide warning signs you may be able to help someone seek professional help and avoid the tragic consequences that always accompany a…

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Reactive Attachment Disorder

Feb 4, 2015

Reactive attachment disorder (“RAD”) and other attachment problems occur in children who have been unable to consistently connect with a parent or primary caregiver especially during the period between birth and five (5) years of age. This can happen for many reasons: No one looks at, talks to, or smiles at a baby leaving the…

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Eating Disorders and Warning Signs

Feb 4, 2015

Warning signs of an eating disorder can generally be divided into two categories: (I) those that can be a sign of any eating disorder; and (ii) those that are specifically related to a particular type of eating disorder. These broad or general signs include a dramatic difference in a person’s weight to height ratio, something…

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Warning Signs

Feb 4, 2015

While some consider experimentation with drugs and alcohol to be normal rites of passage for adolescents, experimentation can very easily, and very often does, lead to increased usage and even dependency/addiction. While experimentation for a short period of time may not result in long term, harmful effects, prolonged use of drugs and alcohol will almost…

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Depression in Teenagers

Feb 4, 2015

Depression is very common in teenagers and its occurrence is rapidly increasing. Adolescents is a difficult time with many major changes occurring physically, mental and emotionally. It is common for teenagers to experience mood changes from time to time. However, parents should be aware of the signs of chronic depression and take all possible steps…

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