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? You may ask the question, “What does …

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5 Movies About Mental Illness on Netflix

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.7 million, or 18.6%—experiences mental illness in a given year. It is important to be educated around these prevalent illnesses. Check out these five documentaries on Netflix that discuss mental health issues from a variety of perspectives.

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Teenage Introvert vs. Extrovert: Understanding Teenagers

As parents, understanding teenagers and the different personalities, feelings, and thinking they have can be a difficult task. Sometimes your teen may be very chatty, wanting to tell you everything about their day and the next day your teen may be moody and brush you off. It can be frustrating sometimes to get through to …

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Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder in Teens

A teen with social anxiety disorder is more than just shy or easily embarrassed. Social anxiety disorder is a serious form of anxiety from social situations that typically begins around 13 years of age. The repercussions can be very debilitating if left untreated, making it that much more important to be able to recognize and …

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Parenting a Teen with Depression

Every teenager is different, and parenting different teens requires different approaches. A teen with depression presents their own specific set of challenges. Often parents of teens who are dealing with depression feel constant concern for their well-being. However, it is important to use that concern to help them, rather than allow worries to immobilize or …

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How to Help Your Teen in Overcoming Insecurities

The teenage years can be difficult and challenging in many ways, leading to many types of insecurities. It is a period of change growing out of childhood and into adulthood, which comes with pressures, responsibilities, uncertainty, and self-doubt. Further, teens are constantly being bombarded by messages from the media, their friends, and society about how …

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The Role of BAC in Teenage Drinking and Driving

One of the biggest moments in a teenager’s life is when they get their first driver’s license. Finally, a young person can enjoy a bit of freedom, driving themselves to school and having the flexibility to make their own plans. However, having a driver’s license and an available car to drive means great responsibility to …

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5 Real-Life Movies About Bullying in High Schools

Some parents and teenagers may underestimate the seriousness of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on teens. In fact, bullying can lead to teen depression that could spiral into substance abuse, and in extreme circumstances, teen suicide. Further, the wounds of childhood and teenage bullying can follow someone into adulthood and impact their relationships …

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Social Media Pressures During a Pandemic

With less face-to-face contact in real life as a result of COVID-19, teens have turned to social media as a way to connect, create, and defeat boredom. Not just teens, but adults and even entire families have found interaction, expression, and entertainment on social media applications. As a result, there has been significant growth in …

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The Challenge of Teens Facing Traumatic Experiences

Today, many teenagers suffer traumatic experiences and are in serious need of trauma recovery through therapy and other coping methods. Further, some teenagers who have dealt with traumatic experiences, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder that is accompanied by feelings of fear, horror, and/or helplessness. For many adults, including the parents of adolescents, …

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The Dangers of Negative Peer Pressure in Teens

Negative peer pressure in teens is a challenge that has been well known and persistent. However, the dangers of negative peer pressure in teens is becoming more pervasive and harder to combat given the rise of social networking and mobile devices. As a result, peer pressure can follow teenagers wherever they go. Such constant peer …

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The Role of Family in Recovery and the Aftercare Process

The role of family in recovery for teens is without a doubt a major force in helping a young person find and maintain a path of sustainable sobriety. Moreover, beyond drug and alcohol abuse recovery, the family’s role in the aftercare process also is essential when facing mental health challenges. Thus, without the family’s support, …

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