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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Emotional Well Being Influenced by Healthy Family Relationships June 24, 2016
Healthy Family Relationships Influencing Your Emotions Some of us develop healthy family relationships, while others have more difficulty staying connected. Whether we have remained close to our families or not, they play a huge role in determining who we become, the interests we pursue, and the values we embody. Recent studies have found that healthy family relationships could play a large role in your mental health later in life. PsyBlog recently released an article discussing research...
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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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Misunderstanding of Tourette’s in Children Often Worse than the Syndrome June 24, 2016
NPR recently interviewed a few people with Tourette’s syndrome about their experiences. One woman, named Jess Thom, admitted that it’s not her tics--like saying the word “biscuit” about 16,000 times a day--that makes it difficult, it’s people misunderstanding what living with Tourette’s is like. Many are diagnosed with Tourette’s at a young age--and Tourette’s in children isn’t really rare at all; around 1 in 100 young people are diagnosed with it during school. One of the...
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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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Self-Stigma: Fueled by the Online Stigma of Mental Health June 23, 2016
The Online Stigma of Mental Health is Building Self-Stigma 1 in 5 people struggle with mental illness, but many of those people don’t seek help. Many people fear the idea of being diagnosis with a mental health issue. They fear the idea of seeing a counselor or therapist. But it’s not just fear that is preventing people from seeking help. The online stigma of mental health is driving people’s misconceptions of mental health. The majority of...
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