We all remember the familiar adage from childhood: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. As it turns out, words can and do hurt, especially when vicious comments made about your body turn personal — really personal — and are posted in public forums.
We’ve all been there. Life gets really busy and you skip breakfast or lunch. Or you’re traveling and didn’t bring any snacks. You feel cranky, agitated, and hungry. Turns out, you’re probably hangry, a condition that Merriam-Webster describes as “irritable or angry because of hunger.”
It’s common to worry about your child’s future, and it can be frustrating to see them struggle in school or life. For some children, issues can arise as a result of trauma. Others may not have learned the skills that enable them to succeed. If you’re one of those frustrated parents who have thought, My child is lazy, or perhaps directionless, the good news is there are ways to help, even if more acute problems such as law-breaking or addiction are part of the problem.
We’re living in stressful times, and unfortunately, children and teens are not immune to the challenges we are facing in the world today. Young people are dealing with more stress, anxiety, and depression than ever before, and it leaves many of them seeking ways to cope. Unfortunately, adolescents and teens are not as skilled as adults in handling these things, and many are turning to self-harming behaviors as coping mechanisms.
Eating disorders are another story. We can’t, and shouldn’t, abstain from food. In fact, the goal of eating disorder treatment is to transform the role of food from enemy to friend. This is where something called exposure therapy can be beneficial.