PTSD – The War Within Our Teens

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PTSD was a vague term when I was growing up. Military men and women returning from war struggled to be a part of society due to the trauma they encountered.  You heard of stories told in which men and women (mostly men), struggled to get by with daily life. Years later, a diagnosis was finally given to identify PTSD in those who served during the wars.   

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder originally became defined for anyone who suffered trauma from a war or horrific event in their life either through experience or as a witness.  Now, in the year 2019, veterans are not the only ones given this diagnosis. Teens and young adults are falling into this category as well. Today PTSD is diagnosed for anyone who has suffered from a car crash, a rape, natural disaster, abuse, etc…. To give you a glimpse of someone who wrestles with PTSD, here are the main symptom indicators: Continue reading

5 Things to Do When Your Teen is Diagnosed with a Mental Illness

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by Julia Greif

Watching your child/teen being diagnosed and living with a mental illness is hard. This is something no parent wants to experience.  In fact, after being diagnosed many parents feel lost as to what is next.

There are many things to do and not to do when you’re dealing with any mental illness. As someone who was diagnosed in my early twenties, I want to encourage parents by bringing attention to the things they CAN do.

My family (like many families) didn’t know what to do or what to say.  Because of this, it broke and hurt me in ways that made living with a mental illness worse. So here are some words of wisdom that I want to share with you today as you guide your teen through their mental illness. Continue reading

A Teen’s Life Story of Depression, Anxiety and Self-Harm

Telling her own personal story as a teen and what her mom was faced with, Adria shares what it was like being faced with the fact that her depression and anxiety as well as self-harm was leading her to a road of destruction.  Her mom was left with little alternatives other than to put Adria into a hospital to get help.   Adria shares what those moments were like.  Calling out to God did something she hadn’t expected which turned her life around.  As a parent, I could identify with everything Adria shared having the fact that my own daughter went through an identical situation.  We as parents can learn a lot from our teens and their emotional state and where their thoughts are taking them.  I applaud Adria for exposing something very personal in her life so that she could help others.  My prayer is that her life will be a beacon of hope for others that God does hear us when we call out to Him.