As a parent, protecting your daughter is automatic. You’d do anything to make sure the world around her caused her no hurt and no anguish. What happens, though, when the threat comes from within her? If your daughter is struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues or childhood trauma, you may not be sure where… Read more »
As a parent, you don’t ever want to imagine that someone is hurting your daughter. Unfortunately, statistics show that it is all too common. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approximately 25 percent of girls and 16 percent of boys will experience sexual abuse prior to the age of 18. As unsettling… Read more »
Often, communicating at a deeper level with your teenager can make you feel as if you’re attempting to open a combination lock without the numbers. Every once in a while, you seem to get one or two turns correct, only to mess up on the third and find yourself back at the start. It wasn’t… Read more »
In teens, a coexisting disorder occurs when they are affected by both a mental disorder and a chemical dependency. So, what does that mean for your family?
For thousands of years, people have sought to have a relationship with their horses. Riding them is exhilarating, of course, but these gentle giants have some more remarkable to offer us, and many individuals have discovered more about this over the years. During the last few decades, equine assisted therapy has become a popular… Read more »
By the age of 12, many pre-teens have their first cell phone. While most parents hope their teen is responsible with this technology, not all of them are. In fact, between two and seven percent of children under the age of 17 admitted in a report by the Pew Research Center to sexting. In reality, this… Read more »
Everyone needs some time alone every once in a while. It’s healthy and rejuvenating. It helps us connect with our feelings, our needs, our values, our beliefs and our goals. However, if your daughter is isolating herself from others for long periods of time, she may develop feelings of social anxiety, loneliness, or a… Read more »
Approximately 25.1 percent of children between the age of 13 and 18 have an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH.) Unfortunately, not all of these teenagers are getting the help they need. According to a 2015 report by the Child Mind Institute, 80 percent of youth with a diagnosable (and… Read more »
As a parent you may think you can help your daughter overcome certain moments of her life with a long conversation and hug. There are certain trauma points that hit much harder than others and can leave a lasting mark. At Greenbrier Academy, we have seen that many mental health issues stem from past relational experiences with… Read more »
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a more common problem among children and teenagers than most of us want to believe. PTSD is a mental health condition that occurs as a result of a trauma that was either life threatening, led to serious or potential injury, or caused intense horror, fear or helplessness.