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June 2015

Butterflies. Not the beautiful ones that float effortlessly throughout the warm, summer air, but the ones that flutter in your stomach before something nerve wracking, such as a date or an award ceremony. That iggly-wiggly feeling in your stomach is a product of normal, mild anxiety known as nervousness.  Social anxiety disorder: not butterfly wings, but bee stings Now imagine those butterflies multiplying, moving up your throat, into your head,

“I don’t want to go to school! You can’t make me!” These are all too familiar words for most parents who have children who dislike school or don’t want to go for other reasons. For some, the issue of school refusal can be solved by getting teens involved in extracurricular activities that they are passionate about. For others, however, teens who refuse to attend school are

Food, water and shelter: before all else, these are our most basic human needs. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (visual diagram located to the left), without this foundation of physical safety and wellness, we cannot progress and gain mental, emotional and social health. For teen mental health, all of these needs are truly essential. The domino effect The three pillars of survival, (food, water and shelter)

Everyone knows that keeping yourself physically fit requires a certain amount of weekly exercise, but what about keeping yourself mentally fit? Exercise has been proven to improve general mental and physical wellness, yet not many people are aware of this. Teen mental health and exercise are interwoven, meaning that it's important to motivate your child to become active. Exercise and the brain In a recent study of

If your struggling teen is having behavioral problems, or is going through any kind of struggle it's important to confront the issue at hand. As a parent, it's your responsibility to take care of your child – but sometimes that can be a near impossible task. Below are some tips to manage your struggling teen: 1. Identify what is behind their behavior. Your teen could be dealing with