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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Three tips to diffuse an Angry Teen June 15, 2016
There are a few tricks to help diffuse an angry teen, counselors from all over the nation share their top tips and advice to help parents in tough situations. The first and most important piece of advice is to make sure yourself and the teen are not in a place where physical harm may come to you or them.  These tips are focused much more on teens that are emotionally angry and not threatening you, themselves,...
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Misunderstood, Ignored, and Quiet: The Introverted Child May 30, 2016
The New York Times recently published an article concerning the common struggle of the introverted child in today’s school setting. Many people--specifically in American society--firmly believe anyone can become an extrovert and that they should, because those are the “better” characteristics. Schools and offices have adopted this mentality. Everything seems to have a “group-oriented” or “leadership” theme to it, even though this ignores the needs of the typical introverted child. This derives from a lack of...
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Troubled Teens and Sleep Patterns May 29, 2016
How much sleep does a person need? Sleep is like food, too much can be bad for you, too little can be bad for you. At the end of the day you need to get the right amount and right kind of sleep. It is not a secret and it can be hard to force your troubled teen to sleep but the health benefits both physically and emotionally.  But what is right for them and how...
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Resources to help troubled teens May 28, 2016
Resources to help troubled teens can be the difference between finding solutions at home and sending your child to a residential treatment program.  While residential treatment is the right choice for many situations you owe it to your family to try to solve the problem at home. The next three titles are books that not only sell well in stores, but have actual clinical support for their methods.  All created from a research perspective they provide...
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A Genetic Mutation Is Linked to Impulsivity and Alcohol Use May 27, 2016
PsychCentral recently published an article concerning new research pointing to a genetic mutation linking impulsivity and alcohol use. A study by the University of Helsinki, Finland, discovered that those with a specific mutation of gene “Q20” were extraordinarily impulsive and risky when drinking alcohol. Those with the mutation had a higher chance of getting into fights, getting into aggressive encounters, and being arrested for driving under the influence than those who didn’t have the mutation. Naturally...
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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Helps Social Anxiety May 22, 2016
A recent article published by Forbes interviewed a psychotherapist, Karen J. Helfrich, about the benefits mindfulness based cognitive therapy can offer those struggling with social anxiety disorder (otherwise known as social phobia). Mindfulness training has newly gained traction as a way of treating many types of mental health issues, including depression, stress, and more. What is social anxiety disorder? Social anxiety disorder generally shows itself around the early teen years; the average is 13 years old....
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Sleepless Nights, Depression, and More: When Video Game Addiction Treatment Is Needed May 20, 2016
Video games have become a regular part of teenage life. Instead of whippin’ out a board game or a stack of cards, it’s an Xbox, Playstation, Wii, or Nintendo. This is all fine, games have always changed with the times--except some kids are finding themselves needing video game addiction treatment. Video game addiction has been linked to self-harm, sleep deprivation, ADHD, and disorders related to obesity.  [caption id="attachment_90" align="alignright" width="300"] Image source: Flickr user- bennett4senate[/caption] Examples...
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Self-Regulation Part 3: Depression and Preparing For The Transition May 18, 2016
Depression Pulling all night study sessions, dealing with the high costs of tuition and books, and trying to hold down a part-time job while going to class can create the perfect storm for a bought of depression.  We know that young people diagnosed with depression are five times more likely to attempt suicide than adults, and that suicide is the third leading cause of death among college students.  About 75 percent of college students do not...
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