Four Teen Tips for Coping with Failure July 7, 2016
Coping with failure--especially as a teen--can seem like an impossible task. Everything seems to be harder as a teenager. As we grow and make more mistakes, we come to learn that life is full of failures, but it definitely isn’t the end of the world. Whether it’s a break up, a failed exam, or a different type of failure, life will move on and eventually you will, too. As a teen, coping with failure may not...
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London Bans Skinny Models: Helpful or Not to Body Image in Teens? July 6, 2016
Unless you haven’t heard, the White House hosted the first United States of Women summit meeting recently. Many notable women spoke about body image in teens and youth, including Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey; but men spoke, too, including the new mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Khan announced a new policy coming up that will ban ads on public transport that promote unrealistic body standards for women. This begs the question, though: will this ban really...
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Helping Your Out of Control Teenager Gain Control July 5, 2016
Out of control teenager--not an infrequent phrase for parents to describe their children. Teens are notorious for being overly emotional, combative, and hormonal--all this is normal. But for some teens, it’s a stronger, more confusing experience, leading difficult behaviors to arise. Psych Central recently wrote an article giving advice on how to help your out of control teenager learn to control their emotions more effectively. Now, there’s no “one size fits all” fix for this issue,...
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Texas Shooting Emphasizes the Importance of Mental Health Evaluations July 3, 2016
There was a devastating shooting in Texas recently that ended the lives of three individuals. When tragedy strikes, we often look back and say: “what could we have done to avoid this situation?” When it comes to shooting, sometimes the person holding the gun had a history of mental illness. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to prevent the loss of the victims in Texas but action can be taken when it comes to mental health evaluations....
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‘Finding Dory’ Fights Disability Stereotypes July 1, 2016
Recently, Disney Pixar has been taking on difficult stereotypes, especially concerning disability stereotypes. It started with Finding Nemo, the tale of a young fish with a small fin that makes it difficult for him to swim correctly, yet he went on a grand adventure, overcame challenges, and made lifelong friends--all with a disability. The other recent one was Inside Out, which focused more on mental health, but shattered disability stereotypes nonetheless. Now Disney Pixar is back...
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Issues Surrounding Early Puberty for Girls July 1, 2016
The typical thoughts that come to mind when thinking of puberty for girls is middle school, training bras, acne, etc. According to a recent study, for many girls, this is beginning much earlier--in the middle of elementary school to be exact. The Atlantic recently covered the details of the study. The study A pediatric endocrinologist by the name of Louise Greenspan and a group of other researchers put together a longitudinal study of 1,200 girls, ages...
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Childhood trauma a factor in developing depression July 1, 2016
Childhood trauma, especially if unknown to the parent or left untreated, can lead to depression. Studies have shown that those who experienced a childhood trauma have a much higher risk of developing depression later in life. From Mayo Clinic, other factors which increase your teen’s chances of developing or triggering include: Issues which lower self-esteem (obesity, bullying, academic struggles, peer issues, etc.) Witnessing or being the victim of violence (physical or sexual abuse) Having a current...
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Recent Research Finds Link Between ADHD and Anxiety June 30, 2016
ADHD and anxiety disorders seem to be similar in genetic makeup, making researchers believe there may be a link between the two. PsychCentral recently published an article outlining new genetic research that links ADHD and anxiety disorders. It’s been shown that around 30 percent of those with ADHD have also been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety has a way of increasing and worsening the symptoms of ADHD because it messes with focus--something ADHD already makes...
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Prince William Speaks Out: Teen Mental Health a ‘Priority’ June 24, 2016
On Father’s Day, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, released a statement concerning the importance of youth and teen mental health. He urged other parents to accept that youth and teen mental health issues are common and require as much attention as physical health issues. As a father of two, he spoke about the need for parents to be aware of the the signs of mental health issues to catch them earlier and get treatment. He related...
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Another Celebrity Is Bringing Awareness to Youth & Teenage Anxiety June 24, 2016
There’s a large stigma against mental illness around the world, even though around 1 in 4 people will deal with just anxiety--a common mental illness--at some point. When someone famous or respected comes out and speaks about their struggle with mental illness, it helps shrink that stigma just a little, but every bit counts. Recently, The Guardian reported on why Zayn Malik--former member of One Direction--chose to cancel his gig at the Capital Summertime Ball in...
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