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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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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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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8 Foods That Can Help With Recovery: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The word ‘fat’ tends to bring up negative associations in our minds: poor physical health, lack of mental discipline, emotional eating, etc. However, Omega-3 fatty acids are a bit of a game-changer. Omega-3s are linked with a variety of physical health benefits and, in recent years, have been linked to serious mental health benefits. They …

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6 Most Commonly Abused Prescription Medications

Prescription drug use is popular amongst teenagers, so it's important to understand some of the risks and realities around this trend. Prescription drugs are relatively easy for teens to obtain; they might get them from friends or even take them from the family medicine cabinet. Here are six of the most commonly abused prescription drugs …

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Common Misconceptions About Process Addiction

If you find yourself struggling to quit a certain activity or behavior, such as gambling, shopping or playing video games, you may be experiencing a process addiction. Process addiction is discussed way less than substance addiction and as a result, there are many common misconceptions surrounding the condition. We’ve outlined several false beliefs that people …

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8 Natural Ways to Cope With Anxiety

Dealing with anxiety is tough, no matter how old you are. There are so many aspects in life that can be stressful and if you live with an anxiety disorder, they can feel even more challenging to cope with. Yet when symptoms of anxiety arise, you may not need to turn immediately to prescription medication …

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8 Inspirational Quotes for Depression Recovery

Recovering from depression can be difficult. You're learning new things about yourself, your relationship with others and you're forming new thoughts and habits. Know that you're not alone and have opportunities to grow and change. Here are some quotes to help you on this journey. Photo by Comefilm "Have patience with all things, but chiefly have …

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6 Myths About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are often misunderstood by parents and teens alike. Many people hold untrue beliefs about eating disorders—who they affect, their dangers and how they are treated. Below are six myths about eating disorders and the truth behind those misconceptions. Only Teenage Girls Have Eating Disorders Photo by Sergei Zolkin Although it's true that the peak age …

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5 Things You Should Know About Peyote

You may have heard of peyote: a cactus-like drug that has been brought over from Mexico. But what are its effects and risks? Here are some peyote facts you should educate yourself and your teen about. 1. History Photo by Lynn (Gracie's mom) From early recordings of history, peyote has been used by native northern Mexicans and southwestern …

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4 Activities to Help Teens Deal With Anger

Being a teenager can be really tough sometimes. Pressures from school, family, friends and extracurriculars paired with changes experienced during adolescence can make them feel like a pressure cooker waiting to explode. As a result, some teens can feel really angry while dealing with these changes. If this sounds like your teen, here are some …

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