Primary Symptoms of Clinical Depression in Teenagers

Clinical depression is a serious mental illness that affects many teenagers. An estimated 10–15% of teens may be depressed at any given time, and one in four adolescents will experience an episode of major depression at some point during high school. It’s important to be aware of the primary symptoms, since anyone—regardless of their race, …

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How to Talk to a Child with an Eating Disorder

If you suspect that your child has an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, it can be difficult to know how to approach the subject in a sensitive, tactful manner. You may be feeling helpless, scared or confused about what to say to your child and how to get them to …

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How Safe Alternatives to Self-Injury Can Help

Teens who engage in acts of self-harm often find it difficult to quit outright. That’s why it’s so important for teens to find healthy outputs and alternatives to self-harm that can help them manage their negative impulses. Safe alternatives to self-injury can help teens stop self-harming, while also providing benefits to their mind, body and …

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5 Tips to Make a Hectic Life Feel Easier

Between homework, classes, extracurricular activities, friends and work, there’s a lot of different dates and deadlines for teens to keep up with. When there’s a lot to do, it’s easy to get so overwhelmed that you feel incapable of doing anything. Instead of curling up on the couch and watching Netflix while ignoring your responsibilities, …

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How to Turn a Bad Day Around

We’ve all had those bad days where everything seems to go wrong. Your alarm doesn’t go off, you miss the bus, you’re late to class, you get picked on at lunch and your parents are fighting at home. Days like these can be really hard to get through, especially if you’re struggling with a mental …

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Dealing With Setbacks: Our Tips for Getting Back on Track

No matter what you’re working towards—be it better grades, your first marathon or recovery from an addiction—obstacles can pop up and deter you from completing your goals. But when you’re confronted with these barriers, you don’t have to give up. If you’re working towards a goal, these helpful tips may be just what you need …

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Mindfulness and Achieving Goals: 4 Key Facts

It seems like every time you turn on the TV, open a magazine or go to a fitness class, people are talking about mindfulness—and with good reason. Mindfulness has been proven to reduce stress and improve cognitive function. But did you know that you can also use mindfulness to help you successfully accomplish your goals? …

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A Positive Attitude Can Help Recovery, Here’s How

While mental health professionals, therapy and treatment programs are important for recovery, the key to a successful long-term recovery ultimately boils down to the patient’s attitude. There’s an old saying that “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink,” and it goes for teenagers as well—you can lead your teen …

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Why It’s OK to Not Be Happy All the Time

Everybody has bad days sometimes, and that’s okay. While some people might tell you to just “grin and bear it,” you don’t have to force yourself to be happy all of the time if you don’t feel like it. In fact, forcing yourself to be happy can actually be unhealthy and hurt you in the …

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4 Things You Can Learn From Overcoming Depression

If you’ve ever dealt with depression, you know what it’s like to go through difficult times that don’t seem to have an end in sight. But once you’ve made it through that challenging period in your life, you’re left with valuable insight about life, hardship and dealing with adversity. Below are just some of the …

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