Youth Issues

Attention Deficit Disorders

Those with attention disorders tend to be overactive, impulsive and find it hard to keep on task. Though these problems are quite different, they share one important trait: people may treat you differently because of your conduct, learning or attention disorder, and you may feel you're being "punished" for something that's not your fault. These feelings may make it harder for you to succeed at home, with friends, at work or in school, even though you want and try to do your best.

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What is bullying?

Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things to have power over another person.

Some of the ways people bully other people are by calling them names or saying or writing nasty things about them, making them feel uncomfortable or scared, taking or damaging their things, hitting or kicking them, or making them do things they don't want to do.

What can you do if you are being bullied?

Coping with bullying can be difficult, but remember, you are not the problem, the bully is. You have a right to feel safe and secure.

Spend time with your friends - bullies hardly ever pick on others when they're in a group.

You should always tell an adult you can trust. This isn't telling tales. You have a right to be safe and adults can start things to get the bullying stopped.

Even if you think you've solved the problem on your own, tell an adult anyway, in case it happens again.

Contact us.

Conduct and Learning

Conduct Disorder is a persistent pattern of behavior in which a child or adolescent ignores the basic rights of others and breaks major norms or rules of society.

Symptoms of Conduct Disorder?

Symptoms may include stealing; running away; lying; fire-setting; truancy; breaking and entering; destruction of property; physical cruelty to animals or people; forcing sexual activity on others; using weapons in fights; frequent physical fights; drug or alcohol abuse; cheating in games and/or at school; manipulating or taking advantage of others; verbally or physically bullying; intimidating or threatening others frequent outburst; impairment in social, school or occupational functioning; staying out later at night despite parental prohibition (under age 13); or disobeying rules.

What can I do to deal with my Conduct Disorder?

* Attend therapy sessions

* Take a time out

* Identify what increases anxiety

* Talk about feelings rather than acting on them

* Find out ways to calm yourself

* Frequently remind yourself of your goals

* Get involved in tasks and activities that direct your energy

* Learn communication skills

* Develop a predictable daily schedule of activity

* Develop ways to get pleasure that do not interfere with the rights of others

* Contact us

Eating Disorders

Knowing how to choose nutritious foods, eat smart, and stay fit are important tasks! Do you know that if you're a girl you are at special risk for eating disorders? The federal government has reported that eating disorders affect almost 5 percent of all young women in the United States, and as many as 15 percent of young women have unhealthy attitudes and behaviors about food. If you're a boy, you're at risk too. Research suggests that 5-10% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.

Contact us if you think you or someone you love has an eating disorder?

Mental Health

It doesn't matter where you went to school, where you work, or what kind of family you have, problems with mental health can happen to anyone! Your mental health can be good, bad, or somewhere in between. If you or someone you know needs help, contact Bowen Center. We're here to help! Without help, you or someone you know may have trouble in school, refuse to go to school, have problems with their parents, have trouble eating or sleeping, or spend a lot of time alone. Mental health is a serious subject. Learn more about helpful ways to deal with these problems:

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