The 8 Stages of Emotional Development

It’s important for parents, teachers, and other significant adults, such as staff at teen rehab treatment centers, to be able to guide children and teens through healthy emotional stages of development. To help with this, an understanding of some basic psychology is worthwhile. A psychologist by the name of Erik Erikson identified eight specific stages of …

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Reactive Attachment Disorder: What It Is and How to Treat It

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is attachment disorder; it is a somewhat rare mental health disorder that affects between one to six percent of the population. It is developed in early childhood (before the age of 3) when a child fails to form a healthy emotional attachment to his/her primary caregiver, which in many circumstances would …

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6 Facts You Should Know About Antisocial Personality Disorders

Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), often referred to as psychopathy or sociopathy in popular culture, is a personality disorder characterized by a long-standing pattern of a total disregard and violation of other people’s rights. Individuals with ASPD frequently lack empathy and tend to be callous and cynical of the feelings and sufferings of others. Furthermore, individuals …

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5 Documentaries About Mental Health on Netflix

Mental Health Documentaries Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.7 million, or 18.6%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Considering these startling numbers, it’s vital to be educated on mental health, as it’s likely that you or your teen have/will experience a mental illness during either of your lifetimes. Understanding the degrees of adult and teenage …

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The Pros & Cons Of Helicopter Vs. Free Range Parenting

There is no question that parenting is a difficult, ever changing process. As your children grow, and as society changes, your parenting type is often expected to change too. Two approaches that fit opposing ends of the parenting spectrum are “helicopter parenting” and “free-range parenting.” Here are the pros and cons of each. Helicopter Parenting …

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5 Documentaries About Bullying

Some people underestimate the seriousness of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on teens. In fact, one of the consequences of bullying can be adult depression. Watching a few movies about bullying is a great way to shed some light on the matter and help you understand just how much of a negative impact …

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4 Benefits of Extreme Sports

Exercise For Stress Relief Stress in very common among teens, and may interfere with their daily routines and activities. When stress affects the brain, it also affects the rest of the body. Exercise is a coping technique used to reduce stress, make your body feel better, and in turn, make your mind feel better as …

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Type A and Type B Traumas Defined

Many teens that suffer from addiction or a mental health issue have experienced some type of trauma in their lives. Trauma is defined as a “deeply distressing or disturbing experience” and it falls into one of two types of trauma—Type A or Type B. This concept, which was introduced by the Life Model is helping many …

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Teaching Teens Healthy Emotional Regulation

Emotions are a fact of life. And life has a way of presenting situations that trigger emotions to spiral out-of-control. When that happens, we are prone to do and say things we later regret. However, when we develop the skills to handle our emotions, we are able to become much stronger and healthier contributors to …

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5 Ways to Show Your Depressed Teen You Care

Depression can feel overwhelming and isolating, and those who suffer from it often feel like nobody understands what they're going through. It can be especially challenging for teenagers, but they'll have an easier time if their parents show empathy for their situation. If your teen is depressed, try doing the following things to show them …

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Mental Health Workbooks: Pros and Cons

For some teens, using a mental health workbook to learn new skills and track their progress can help them improve their health and well-being. However, not everyone agrees that mental health workbooks are beneficial to every teen struggling with their mental wellness. We've rounded up some pros and cons to these types of workbooks to …

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