Family Help & Wellness

ADHD

Noun Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common condition that affects millions of children and young adults. ADHD is a mixture of several different problems that may include impulsive behavior, difficulty sustaining attention, and hyperactivity. Often times, young men and women who struggle with ADHD also have trouble maintaining...

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Adventure Therapy

Noun Adventure therapy incorporates the outdoors in experiential activities to challenge participants both emotionally and physically, often involving some aspect of risk. In most instances, adventure therapy has some family and/or group component in addition to individual focus. Adventure therapy utilizes various environments and approaches to bring about change...

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Adulthood

Noun Adulthood is defined as a timeframe of development when physical maturity is near completion and particular mental, individual, biological and cultural characteristics associated with achieving growing older have already taken place. The onset of adulthood is post-adolescence and it is clustered into categories according to age. Similar to adolescence...

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Adoption

Noun When a person legally assumes the parenting role of another, ordinarily a child, from that individual’s legal or biological parent(s), this is referred to as adoption. This action results in the irreversible transfer of all rights and responsibilities from the person’s legal or biological parent(s) to the adoptive parent(s). As opposed to other systems

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Adolescents

/ad.o.les.cent/ Noun A person is said to be an adolescent if he/she is living in the period that transitions him/her into young adulthood. Adolescence is a “transitional stage” of physical and psychological development that occurs when one is transforming from youth to adult. The stage is marked by difficulties and uncertainties that often prove to

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Adolescent Therapy

Noun Adolescent therapy is treatment specifically tailored to work with youth who are experiencing behavioral and/or mental health concerns.  Adolescence is a time of transition and working through normal developmental milestones.  Sometimes youth may struggle with what seems like a normal life event, such as moving to a new school, and other times they may

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Adolescent Female

/Ad.o.les.cent/ Noun A female is in the adolescence stage when she is aged 12 – 18.  During this stage, a female undergoes important transitional changes. In adolescence, a girl faces changes and challenges that result in maturity. Many girls may unfortunately find the transitional phase a daunting time and may start acting out or displaying

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Adolescent Psychiatric Treatments

Noun According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), research is pointing to the fact that mental illness develops earlier than previously thought, with 50 percent of cases beginning before age 14.  Specialized therapies for treating young, developing minds are known as adolescent psychiatric treatments. There are differences in the ways adults and...

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Adolescent Behavioral Health

Noun Normally, children and youth experience a wide range of emotional distress during development and maturation. For example, it is not strange for a child to experience short-lived, impermanent depression or to experience some anxiety about school. If the symptoms persist or continue to negatively impact quality of life, the individual may need professional...

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ADHD in teens

Noun Currently, there are millions of young adults and children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a term used to encompass several associated problems such as hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and inability to sustain attention. Frequently, young adults who are struggling with ADHD have symptoms such as low self-esteem, inability to...

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Addiction

Noun Addiction is the process by which a person becomes physically and/or mentally dependent on a substance or behavior that initially elicited a high for the user. Frequent use of substances such as drugs or alcohol, or engagement in addictive behavior such as gambling, can lead to addiction.  There are multiple factors that lead to

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ADD

Noun Attention Deficit Disorder, also referred to as ADD, is the term previously used for a learning disorder in which an individual has an unusually high quantity of energy and cannot adequately maintain focus. While the terminology Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is in common use by many, the revised American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 no longer

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