How Does FOMO Impact Mental Health?

FOMO, or fear of missing out, is the sense that you need to stay connected to what others are doing because otherwise, you may miss out on something rewarding or important. This is not a new phenomenon – it’s related to what was called “keeping up with the Joneses” in past generations. It’s the idea […]

How to Show Support for Someone With a Mental Illness

Living with a mental illness is hard. It can also be hard to love, show support, or live with someone who has a mental illness. The words “mental illness” encompass a range of very different conditions with widely disparate symptoms, so there’s no one-size-fits-all guideline for the friends and family of people who have a […]

Prescription Opioids and Teens: How to Prevent Misuse

Prescription opioids and abuse by teens is a real problem, and it doesn’t just affect adults.  Drugs have always been a concern for parents of teenagers. But these days, parents often miss one of the bigger drug-related risks that could affect their teenagers and eventually contribute to the opioid crisis. Many teens aren’t trying drugs that […]

Helping Teens Cope With Chronic Illness

Navigating the teenage years with a chronic illness or disability. This is a developmental period when peer relationships and fitting in are especially important, and chronic illness can complicate that. Teenagers are also wrangling with their self-esteem and their sense of themselves as independent people during this developmental stage, and dealing with a chronic illness […]

What Are the Causes of Situational Depression?

You know that depression can be a serious condition. But do you know that there’s more than one type of depression? What most people are thinking of when they talk about depression in a clinical sense is major depression. But other types of depression should also be taken seriously. One such type of depression is […]

How to Help Teens Cope After a School Shooting

No parent or teacher wants to think that they’ll need to help the teenagers in their care cope with the aftermath of a school shooting. But the reality is that in today’s climate, a school shooting is a real possibility in many communities. Surviving a school shooting is a very traumatic experience, and teens who […]

5 Things Not to Say to Someone With an Invisible Illness

Invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, and others are often not well understood even by the medical community and the people that suffer from these disorders. It can be even harder for friends and loved ones of people who have invisible diseases to understand them, and that can make it hard to […]

Proactive Parenting Helps Dissuade Teen Drug Use

The media’s lackadaisical portrayal of substance use and addiction has long contributed to teen experimentation with drugs and alcohol and long term addictive behavior.  Despite community efforts to provide deglamorized information about the harmful effects of substance use, teens remain misinformed about the dangers of partaking in the usage of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and […]

How to Support Someone With an Invisible Disability

There are a variety of challenges and barriers that come with any kind of disability, and people who live with invisible disabilities often face additional challenges due to people not understanding their disability – or even worse, not believing them about their own disability. Abled friends and family members often want to help, but don’t […]