How to Change Negative Self Talk

  Okay, from time to time you might hear yourself talking in your mind. For the most part, you might be simply talking out the things you need to get done or a reminder like, “Oh yeah, I need to ask my dad about the car on Friday night.” This kind of self-talk is natural […]

Types of Self-Evaluation Tools to Assess Teen Mental Health

Whether you suspect mental illness in your teen or you want to chart the progress towards mental health in your adolescent, self-evaluation tools are easy to use. Plus, they do not require the expertise of a mental health provider. Many assessment tools are meant to be used at home to help clarify whether you need […]

Three Powerful Ways to Prevent Teen Addiction

  If you’re a parent who has struggled with addiction in the past, then you know the danger of substance use. And if you recall your adolescence, then you might also recognize the risks your teen faces. If you want to help prevent addiction in your teen, here are three ways to do so:   […]

Teens: Donate Your Social Media to Help Prevent Suicide

  Okay, your social media content might be a little personal and you likely wouldn’t want to share it with people who are going to investigate it. But what if it were used to prevent a friend, classmate, or peer from taking their own life?   Researchers have developed a new way of collecting data […]

Declining Grades Can be an Indicator of Teen Mental Illness

  Many parents have a hard time distinguishing between the usual teenage blues and depression. Teens might display symptoms of sadness, isolation, and a sullen mood. But how can you tell if that’s teen depression?   Yet, one way that parents can identify mental illness is through a teen’s declining grades. Keep in mind, however, […]

Three Daily Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

  Because today’s world is so busy, we need to counter that with time to relax and unwind. But if you are also a recovering addict, then the need to relax grows all that much stronger. When the mind is relaxed, it is less reactive. When the body is relaxed, it can shake off stress […]

The Psychological Task of Adolescence and How Parents Can Help

    When a teen reaches about age 13 or 14 they begin to enter a stage in life where they will reach for their independence. As you already know, a teenager is at a unique crossroads. They are at the uncomfortable intersection between being a child, under the influence of parents and teachers, and […]

Teen Pregnancy Rates are at an All Time Low

    Overall, the number of teen pregnancies in the United States has declined significantly over the last 20 years. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the teen pregnancy rate has been falling by half since 1991. Although the numbers are still somewhat high in certain populations of people, generally […]

Talk Therapy May Help Teens who Refuse to Take Medication when Depressed

  Typically, when a teen has a diagnosis of depression, they may be given an anti-depressant. Antidepressants are used to treat not only moderate to severe depression in teens, but also other psychological disorders such Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Antidepressants can also address the painful mood […]

How to Help Your Teen Feel Loved

    If you’re concerned that your teen doesn’t feel loved by you, there are many ways in which you can communicate your love. Saying “I Love You” is important, but that’s not the only way you help your teen feel emotionally and psychologically close to you. You can help your child feel loved by […]

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