Without being able to relate the feeling to any kind of previous experience, a teenager can be overwhelmed by depression. It may become impossible to see any future beyond its dim and gloomy shadow. This is a place where we as parents can share some of our own experience as a way of bridging the gulf. Continue reading
Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by an extreme sense of superiority and grandiose thinking. When a narcissist becomes a parent, the results can be especially damaging to the child. Coupling the inflated ego of a narcissist with parenthood often has disastrous results. Continue reading
Parental illness or disability can have devastating effects on children. Through open communication and understanding the emotions of a child, these effects can be managed and minimized as much as possible.
Anger and sadness come right along with fear in most any fear-based situation, and can do a lot of damage to someone. After all, as humans, we learn by mistakes. So when we are told there is a monster outside, the emotional reactions we have are going to stick with us much longer than the feeling of relief which comes with the rising sun. Continue reading
If you or your child know someone who is cutting, make it your top priority to let that person know that you really care. Don’t shame or judge the person, don’t make fun of the person, and don’t treat the person like a freak. Cutters don’t cut for attention, but sometimes paying attention can go a long way in helping a cutter grow strong and happy enough to kick the habit. Above all, if you want to help, become the good listener that the cutter can trust.
Drugs and alcohol affect the mind negatively by distorting perception, blocking all sensations, blurring memory, destroying creativity, and they can become a doorway to mental illness. Educate yourself on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse in teens. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
With three out of ten people likely to experience mental health issues due to employment pressure, it’s obvious that steps need to be taken to lead a more balanced life. This article discusses signs of unbalance, effects on the family, and how to get back in balance.