Can Poor Nutrition Lead to an Eating Disorder in Teens?

When your son or daughter is suffering from an eating disorder, it is completely frightening for parents and loved ones to see the effects on their children. However, some families struggle to understand the dangers associated with an eating disorder in teens and how to help. Further, when thinking about an eating disorder, often times …

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An Integrated Approach to Mental Health and Physical Health of Teenagers

From the negative impact stress has on one’s health to the positive correlation between exercise and mood, scientific researchers now believe that mental health and physical health are intricately connected. The rise in mind-body connection research brings the linked interplay between mental health and physical health to the forefront of academic and professional discussions, supporting …

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The Alarming Reality of Teen Vaping Trends

When parents see the alarming reality of teen vaping trends, the facts are overwhelming, and parents’ concern is legitimate. Many teens do not use disposable e-cigarettes because they are too expensive. Rather, they buy e-cigarette batteries called vape pens like JUULs, then refill them with vaping cartridges or JUUL pods in a variety of flavors. …

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Teens, Online Relationships, and Suicide Contagion

In recent years, real-life tragedies and their media depictions have highlighted the dangers of online relationships. For example, the HBO documentary I Love You, Now Die tells the story of Michelle Carter and her long-distance boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. Carter, then 17, sent texts to Roy, encouraging him to commit suicide. After his death, she …

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How to Thrive on Valentine’s Day Single

Valentine’s Day and the art of emotional self-care are like partners in an annual dance. Indeed, one of the best questions for young people in recovery to ask is how to survive Valentine’s Day single while remaining in a positive state of mind. After all, it’s a challenge to survive Valentine’s Day single because there …

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What to Expect from Therapy and Your First Therapy Session

Does your teenager know what to expect from therapy? Do you know how to prepare for your first therapy session, and how to be more open? Are there ways you as a parent can make that intimidating first visit less stressful? Indeed, these are all appropriate questions that make sense before starting the therapeutic process. …

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How to Cope With High School Stress and Academic Anxiety

A difficult combination of teen academic anxiety and high school stress is plaguing American teenagers today. Academic anxiety and exam stress is steadily increasing, leading to unexpected mental health challenges. Hence, coping with school stress is a pressing health concern today in the United States. Parents need to develop tools to help kids build resilience, …

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What Is A Mental Health Evaluation and How Can It Help?

When the behavior of a teenager begins to worry a parent, the question of “What is a mental health evaluation, and how can it help?” is essential to ask. Given the negative stigma about mental health in the United States, mental health is often misunderstood and a clearer picture is needed. By starting with an …

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Counselor Vs. Therapist – Differences and Similarities

The terms counseling and therapy are often used synonymously. There are, however, core differences between psychological counseling and psychotherapy. For one thing counseling is generally a more short-term solution as opposed to therapy which is more long term and focuses on a wider scope of issues. What do Therapists do? Therapists focus primarily on long …

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Depression Vs Sadness in Teenagers

It is important for parents to understand the difference between depression and sadness in teenagers. Such a mental health issue comprises the gulf between a potentially chronic diagnosis and a temporary challenge that almost every adolescent experiences while growing up. After all, what teenager doesn’t experience sadness and grief after the loss of a beloved …

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The New Marijuana Law in California and Teen Drug Use

The new marijuana law in California has a lot of parents worried about their teenagers. After all, marijuana has been one of the most common drugs used by teenagers for many decades. Although heroin use in California has been more publicized in the news due to a nationwide rash of opioid overdose deaths, the new …

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