Middle School


Self-Injury Self-injury is the act of deliberately hurting oneself, often to change a way of feeling. Much self-injury becomes a pattern of behaviors that are ritualistic (use the same tool, cut in the same places, etc). Some forms of self-injury include: Carving Scratching Branding Marking Picking, and pulling skin and hair Burning/abrasions Cutting Biting Head […]

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Eating disorders are characterized by extremes in eating behavior—either too much or too little—or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disorders frequently occur in people with other mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse issues. Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening […]


Depression About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 but the risk increases as a child gets older. Episodes of depression in children last 6 to 9 months on average but may last for years. Well over one-half of depressed adolescents have a recurrence within 7 years. Children who are depressed […]

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a serious medical condition that causes dramatic mood swings from overly “high” and/or irritable (mania) to sad and hopeless (depression), and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. These moods are called episodes and can change at different rates. Moods may drastically change multiple times a […]

Attachment Disorder

Attachment Disorder  Attachment disorders are psychiatric illnesses that can develop in young children who have problems in emotional attachments to others. As early as their first birthday, a child will have problems with one or more of the following concerns: Severe colic and/or feeding difficulties Failure to gain weight Detached and unresponsive behavior Difficulty being […]

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues in America. They can cause both an emotional and physical reaction. Psychological symptoms are unexplained or unreasonable feelings of fear and obsessive or negative thoughts. A large, national survey of adolescent mental health reported around eight percent of teens ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder, with […]

Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

It’s important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling with mental health issues. Children or adolescents often cannot understand difficult situations on their own. Parents need to pay particular attention to their child experiencing the following: Loss of a loved one Divorce or separation of their parents Any major transition—new […]

FAQ’s about self injury

Information about Self-Injury What is self-injury? There are a number of definitions, but I like Tracy Alderman’s, which states that self-injury includes acts that are: Done to oneself and by oneself. If someone else does it to you, it’s not self-injury.1 Physically violent. Abusing oneself emotionally is not good, and it’s something that many self-injurers […]

I know someone who cuts themselves

Family and Friends What to Say “I don’t know how to be your friend. Please help me.” It’s okay to admit this, and it’s much better to say something like this than to pretend that you know exactly how to fix everything. “Is there a way I can help you get through the crisis times?” […]

What’s going on with my 8th grader?

What’s Going on With My 8th Grader? The 8th grader says “goodbye” to puberty issues and “hello” to the quest for freedom from parents and “kiddie” things. Major changes occur during this year as the teen transitions into the middle of the adolescent journey. Here is a look at what is going on with your […]