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Gender disorders

Pyshcology Today describes Gender identity disorder : (GID) or transsexualism is defined by strong, persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one's own assigned sex. People with GID desire to live as members of the opposite sex and often dress and use mannerisms associated with the other gender. For instance, a person identified as a boy may feel and act like a girl. This is distinct from homosexuality in that homosexuals nearly always identify with their apparent sex or gender.

Gender disorders can be a very distressful issue for teenage boys or girls to experience. Without proper therapeutic treatment, those who struggle with gender disorders, can soon develop ways of negatively self medicating.

Teenage boys and girls who struggle with gender disorder, are likely to turn to drugs and or alcohol, if the stress of dealing with a gender disorder effects them too greatly.

Group Homes

Group homes were originally a home where a small number of unrelated people in need of care, support, or supervision can live together, such as those who are elderly or mentally ill. However, group homes have now evolved into a therapeutic service for individuals suffering from emotional, therapeutic or addiction type ailments.

Group homes are often operated in home-style facilities where staff and therapeutic professionals also live. With this type of setting, group homes are able to provide 24 hour care and are able to connect with individuals on a more one-to-one level.

Group homes are ideal for troubled teens who are in need therapeutic, emotional or behavioral restoration. Group homes provide troubled teens with 24 hour supervision and care. Often times staffed by a professional therapeutic, clinical staff, Group homes are becoming an increasingly popular choice among parents of troubled youth.

Group Therapy

group ther·a·py

a form of psychotherapy in which a group of patients meet to describe and discuss their problems together under the supervision of a therapist.

Group therapy is designed to give individuals a safe environment to work out personal issues and work through therapeutic and emotional obstacles. Patients often gain insight into their own issues and offer suggestions in order to help others out through their own, individual problems. Group therapy sessions are mainly conducted under the supervision of a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or other healthcare professional.

In addition to the many benefits of group therapy, patients who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that are a basic part of the group therapy experience.

Group therapy is a great form of treatment for troubled teens. Teens who participate in group therapy are more likely to find solace because of their environment. When a teen is surrounded by other teens who they can not only relate to, but help work through their own psychological short-comings, group therapy becomes a powerful tool for any troubled teenage boy or girl.