Challenges Facing Teens With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (bi meaning two) is characterized by the swing of moods between mania and depression. In fact, a teen’s levels of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephine are often so chaotic, it is difficult for them to remain emotionally stable throughout the day. For instance, an adolescent might wake up in the morning with such a […]

10 Things You Should Know About Teen Anger

If your teen tends to exhibit anger, you might have a hard time managing their behavior. Typically, teens who are angry destroy property, yell, rebel, are dismissive of others, and sometimes violate the rights of others. If your teen is in this category, you may want to know a few things about teen anger before […]

The Benefits of Exercise for Teens

Up until recently, exercise has been recommended by doctors as a means to facilitate healing. This is true of teens experiencing psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. However, recent research has actually begun to reveal that exercise is preventative. When teens exercise on a regular basis for at least 30 minutes, exercise can actually […]

8 Teen Sleeping Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Teens need at least 9 hours of sleep each night. Because of the many physical, emotional, social, and psychological changes they are going through, they need the rest. Yet, if your teen is having trouble sleeping, then you may need to support them in getting a good night’s rest. Here are 8 teen sleeping tips […]

Positive Parenting Tips for a Struggling Teen

If your struggling teen is having a hard time because of the numerous changes they are going through, there are many positive ways that parents can respond. Keep in mind that teens are going through physical, emotional, social, and cognitive changes at this stage in life. Their physical changes will include those that accompany puberty. […]

Support for Teens of Divorcing Parents

Research shows that teens who experience a divorce suffer in their self-esteem, academic performance, peer relationships, behavior, and physical health. It’s clear that you may need to feel supported by others if your parents are going through a divorce. For instance, many teens of divorcing parents feel the instability of the family structure and that leads […]

Adolescent Mental Illness: Four Common Questions Parents Ask

Parents often have questions about their teen’s mental health. And when a teen is diagnosed with an illness, more questions are likely to arise. Below is a list of four questions that parents often ask about adolescent mental illness. Is it a mental illness or is it adolescence? One of the biggest challenges parents of teens […]

How to Support LGBT Teens

If you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, or friend of a teen who questions their identity, sexual preference, or gender, it might be hard for you. Most people want others to follow along with everyone else. Being different can mean problems, and you likely want the best for your teen. You might fear that your […]

My Mental Illness Isn’t Your Next Halloween Costume

How is this still something that needs to be discussed in the year 2016? Mental illness and mental health are NEVER acceptable Halloween costumes. Despite the obvious insensitive tones of mental illness themed Halloween costumes, they continue to get produced every year, including “asylum patient” options equipped with blood splatter and a white straight jacket. […]