5 Clear Signs Your Teen is Stressed

Social situation, college applications, identity issues—many aspects of a teen’s life can make them stressed. Although the occasional bit of stress is normal for everybody, regular or recurring stress can have a negative impact on an individual’s well-being and relationships. We’ve identified five clear signs to watch for if you think your teen is feeling …

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How the Media Skews the Perception of Teen Addiction

A lot of our impressions about how teen addiction is supposed to look come from the media. It’s thanks to television that we identify them with glamorous party girls like The OC’s Marissa Cooper, or on the other end of the spectrum, with delinquent drop-outs or kids on the street. There are infinite ways the …

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Depression on Screen: Movies that Get it Right and Wrong

For teens who are struggling with a mental health condition, films can be helpful. They can provide stories that youths can identify with, and help reduce stigma around mental illness. Conversely, false portrayals of mental health issues like depression can lead to stereotyping or unrealistic expectations about the nature of the illness. These misleading movies …

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Easy Ways to Cope With Anxiety Every Day

In America, 25% of teens experience anxiety while 6% suffer from a “severe” anxiety disorder. It can feel extremely overwhelming at times, but anxiety can be managed by using at-home coping methods. If your teen often has anxiety, here are some solutions they can easily incorporate into their daily routine. Ignore Negative Thoughts We can …

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Alternative (and Productive) Post High School Plans

Not everyone is cut out to go straight to college after graduating high school, and that’s totally okay. There are so many life-altering, educational, self-evolving adventures a person can go on in their late teens and early twenties. Here are a few ideas for alternative plans to make after high school. Travel the World A …

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How to Help Your Teen Manage Money

While we don’t keep our money in piggy banks anymore, the practice of saving money is more important than ever, now that we have more expenses to account for. Many teens have part-time jobs, so we need to teach our kids how to be smart with their funds. Here are some ways you can help …

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The Psychology Behind Anorexia and Bulimia

Many of us look in the mirror and find a flaw that we don’t particularly like. Maybe we wish we had a smaller nose or a bigger smile. For some, though, a constant obsession over appearance haunts them – so much so that they let it dictate how they eat. Eating disorders affect nearly 3% …

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How to Tell Your Counselor What You Need at Your Next Session

Seeing a counselor is an important and great first step in a recovery journey. It’s a process in itself, however. Checking in regularly, expressing things that are working for you and things that aren’t and stating what you need is important to ensuring that you’re getting all that you can out of your counseling sessions. …

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What Should You Tell Your Teen About Your Past?

Teaching your teen all they need to know to stay healthy and safe can feel like a daunting task. You want the best for them, but sometimes there are situations where you didn’t make the best decisions when you were younger. As you empower your teen to make the best decisions they can in their …

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Why Suicide is Still a Taboo Subject

With efforts from activists, supporters and medical professionals, mental health is slowing being talked about more in the mainstream media. In spite of this, however, suicide itself still remains a taboo subject and is rarely discussed. In spite of this, the reality is that it is prevalent in American society. In fact, suicide is the …

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