Are you seeing symptoms of anxiety or depression that might be masking Behavioral Concerns?

You notice something has changed in your daughter – she is uncharacteristically sad, moody or irritable, isolating or pushing others away. You may or may not know she is engaging in self-harm or acting out in ways unlike her. 

She just doesn’t seem like herself.

You feel like she needs intervention but have no idea what to do or how to help her. 

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If you or your daughter is struggling, we are here to help!

Daughters of Light is a healing and skill-based group training program to help young women ages 13-18 manage unwanted behaviors that often accompany mental health concerns like anxiety and depression.

All groups are run by an LDS female licensed therapist or behavioral specialist who specializes in teen girl mental health challenges. 

Groups meet weekly to train participants in coping strategies, understanding and controlling emotions and negative thoughts, learning about relationships and how to navigate them, understanding brain chemistry and how to change it in positive ways and applying this to everyday life. The therapist or specialist helps participants set specific recovery goals and accomplish them.

Both in-person and online groups available.

Attend where ever you live.

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Connections

Learn to connect with others and build positive relationships.

Emotions

Learn where negative thoughts come from and identify the real enemy.

Identity

Learn who you are and feel more self-confident and motivated.

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What our clients have said...

"The two hour weekly sessions are the best part of the week. I come distracted, brain fogged, and depressed, and I leave feeling uplifted, happy, and empowered. I’m seeing miracles in my life already. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever been a part of!”
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“What I like about this program is that it has honestly helped me to gain a closer relationship with Heavenly Father. It has helped me to get out of my comfort zone and make good habits in my life. I look forward to group because it gives me a chance to socialize but still feel comfortable because I know it’s a safe place where I won’t be judged, but instead will get help and support."
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“I have loved the Daughter’s of Light program and think it has really helped my daughter. She is doing really well. She doesn’t always share a lot of it, so I’m not sure exactly what goes on, but I can tell she is stronger and more confident. I am truly grateful for finding you!!”
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If you don’t know for sure if your daughter needs a training group or if she is just acting like a “normal teenager,” please call to schedule a consultation with a therapist or specialist. We can help determine what the best steps would be and how to help her.

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Self-Harm

“Sarah often feels empty and numb. She turns to cutting because she knows it makes her feel something. She believes that the feelings she feels after cutting are better than not feeling at all.”

Self-harm is the self-inflicted harming of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned, includes behaviors such as cutting, burning, biting, and scratching skin. 

This is a behavior that should be taken seriously, it can lead to unintended hospitalization and/or death.

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Depression

“Addie spends most of her time in her room. She has lost interest in going out with her friends or eating family dinner. She is sleeping most of the day and only eats about one meal a day. She has mentioned to her brother things like: “I think the world would be better without me”. 

There are two types of depression. These are Persistent Depressive Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Addie is most likely suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, which tends to come with suicidal ideation. However, without a clinician meeting with her, it is difficult to make a definitive diagnosis. 

Persistent Depressive Disorder is when an individual is in a depressed mood (feels sad, empty, hopeless, appears tearful, irritable mood) over a period of time (3-6 months) but is not necessarily suicidal. This includes diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all activities. A person may experience significant weight loss or weight gain or decrease or increase in appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness. People who suffer with PDD tend to not get as low as those suffering with MDD. However, their symptoms tend to be very long lasting.

Major Depressive Disorder has all the symptoms of PDD with episodes where their symptoms increase over a short period of time (2 weeks) and can last up to six months. During this time the individual tends to have recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation without a specific plan, a suicide attempt or have a specific plan to act on their suicidal thoughts.

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Anxiety

“Kate feels sick to her stomach when she thinks about going to church. She cannot stop thinking about getting called on by the teacher to answer a question in class and wonders if the girls in her class will think her dress is cute. 

All week she feels sick knowing that she will have to go back. Saturday night her stomachache becomes unbearable in anticipation.”

Generalized Anxiety Disorder can lead to Panic Disorder. Symptoms include but are not limited to: The individual finds it difficult to control the worry. They may become restless, on edge, easily fatigued, irritable, have difficulty concentrating. They may experience their mind going blank, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance. 

The anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms may cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. 

Females are twice as likely to experience Generalized Anxiety Disorder. 

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Lack of Motivation

“Liz spends all day at home and only leaves to go to school. When asked what she is excited for after graduation she responds, “nothing”. Her mom has tried to get her to try hiking, embroidery, and shopping but she refuses to participate. “

Lack of motivation could be a sign of media or gaming addiction. Symptoms may include reluctance to pursue daily activities or hobbies, leave home, engage with the outside world, reduced goal-directed behavior and decreased emotional responsiveness.

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Eating Disorders

“Anna never feels at home in her own body. When she looks in the mirror, she can only see the parts of her body that she does not like. Even after she loses weight it does not improve her self-concept. She has tried many different diets. She finds herself eating one small meal every other day until she becomes so hungry, she binges on sweets and treats. This makes her feel so much worse about herself. This compels her to purge.”

Anna is suffering from Anorexia Nervosa; binge/purging type. 

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by a significant weight loss as a result of excessive dieting. Individuals with AN have a condition called body dysmorphia. This is a distorted sense of what their body actually looks like. They have an unreasonable fear of becoming fat. There are two subtypes of AN: the restricting type and the binge/purging type.

Bulimia Nervosa occurs when there is a pattern of binge eating at least once a week for at least 3 months. This is followed by vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, fasting, or excessive exercise.

Binge Eating Disorder is defined as repeated episodes of excessive eating, accompanied by a sense of the inability to control eating too much. Feelings of marked distress or hopelessness, remorse, and depression follow the episode. Does not accompany withholding and purging behaviors.

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Low Self-Worth

“Rylee feels like she has no friends at school. She believes that no one likes her, causing her to be too scared to even try to make new friends. She feels defeated about her schoolwork. She believes that she is not as smart as her classmates. She thinks that everyone in her class will get better grades than her whether she tries or not.”

Low self-worth includes feelings of worthlessness. retreating from reasonable engagement with peers, feeling unworthy enough to have friends, and feeling incompetent. 

Usually a side effect of other issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, or codependence.

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Risky Behaviors

“Suzi has started sneaking out at night to see an older boy at her high school. He and his friends drink and smoke when she goes over to his house, so she begins to join in. 

She is hiding this part of her life from her parents because she is afraid they will disapprove of her boyfriend and her choices. She is getting more comfortable with lying to her parents. Now her parents are catching her in smaller lies.”

Examples of risky behaviors include: Sneaking out in the night to see friends or boyfriends. Using a car carelessly. Underage drugs or alcohol. Hiding things for fear of unwanted consequences. Using social media to gain attention and validation and others. 

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Behavioral Struggles

“Rachel feels like she cannot go one day without texting boys on a dating app. She loves the sense of validation and attention she receives from the men on the app. She has gotten in trouble at school and at her work for being on her phone when it is not an appropriate time. At home, she spends hours talking to people online.”

Symptoms of behavioral self-mastery struggles include negative life consequences that are directly caused by continued, extreme, or chronic engagement in the behavior. The individual is unable to stop engaging in the behavior despite these consequences. 

This impacts mental and physical health, because the behavior and/or the inability to stop causes difficulties in significant relationships at home or at work.

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Pornography struggles

“Becca was first exposed to pornography at 10 years old. Since then whenever she feels overwhelmed, stressed, sad, or bored she watches and reads pornographic material on her tablet. She now feels like she cannot stop. It is a comfort to her.” 

Persistent need to turn to pornographic images to feel better. Includes the need to hide this behavior and becomes a dominant behavior in their life. 

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Overwhelming sadness

“Mckenna often feels empty and depressed. She feels like everyone else she knows is happier than she is. She tries to find ways to make her happy, but at the end of the day the sadness always returns.”

Overwhelming sadness can be a symptom of certain mood disorders. Symptoms include increased depression, sadness, lack of purpose, lack of motivation, and loss of interest in things that normally were exciting.

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Sexual misbehavior

“Abby feels like she has to watch pornography and masturbate before bed every night for her to sleep well. Masturbating makes her feel better and she fears that nothing else will calm her. She feels incredibly guilty and hides her habit from her family and friends.”

Sexual misbehaviors can include increased consumption of pornography, masturbation, risky sexual activity and other sexual misbehaviors that stray from a person’s main core beliefs.

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Negative thoughts

“Torie often tells herself that she is lazy, ugly and worthless. She feels like her friends and family are always working against her. She thinks that no matter how hard she tries; her life will continue to be pointless.”

A pattern of thinking negatively about one’s self and their surroundings. These thoughts interfere with work, school and everyday functioning.

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Irritable and snappy

“Andrea comes home from school every day and refuses to talk to her parents. She is constantly yelling and fighting with her siblings. When a situation doesn’t go the way she wanted it to, she tends to swear and yell at her family and even her friends.”

This includes frequent episodes of rage and aggression. Can be described as easily annoyed and provoked to anger.

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Stress and overwhelm

“Kelly is overwhelmed with her homework and church calling. She feels like there is too much for her to do to finish every day. She tends to procrastinate to avoid feeling too stressed. This leads to her being even more stressed when due dates arrive. She has lost some of her happy demeanor and is having trouble sleeping.”

Stress comes in all shapes, sizes, and degrees.

Some symptoms of extreme stress are negative mood, avoidance, sleep disturbance, irritable behavior, angry outbursts, hypervigilance, problems with concentration, and exaggerated startle response.