Depression

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    Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to Your Child With Depression

    Is your child struggling with depression? You are not alone. Depression and anxiety are more common than you might think. One in four Americans struggle with depression at some point in their lives, meaning almost everyone knows a friend or family member that has experienced symptoms of depression.  With rates of depression on the rise,…

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    New Study Reveals Effect of Healthy Lifestyle Risk Factors for Depression and Anxiety in Teens

    Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health issues and are often co-occurring. While they are both neurological conditions that are influenced by family history, a new study looking at behavioral risk factors of depression and anxiety in teens found that obesity, limited physical activity, and an unhealthy diet are correlated with higher rates…

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    Benefits of Wilderness Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder keeps individuals from enjoying life to the fullest. While researchers are unsure of what exactly causes SAD, some theories suggest it is light affecting the hormone called melatonin. Seasonal affective disorder impacts individuals differently- some experience more mild symptoms than others. Wilderness therapy lends itself to be an extremely effective measure to…

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    Putting A Stop to Self-Harm

    Self-harm is a way in which some children and teens cope with emotional distress. Research shows that about 15 percent of adolescents engage in self-harm. There are various methods that can be considered self-harm, as the term itself refers to self-inflicting physical pain. Some forms of self-harm include cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting. Self-harming behaviors…

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    Depression And Anxiety Are More Common Than You Think

    Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. It is common for someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression and vice versa. The number of children and adolescents that struggle with anxiety and/or depression has increased over time. According to a report from 2011-2012, more than 1…

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    What is School Refusal in Teens?

    “I don’t want to go to school! You can’t make me!” Those 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, this issue can be solved by getting teens involved in extracurricular activities that they are passionate about. For some…

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    Treatment for Depression: Smartphones May Be Worsening the Issue

    Smartphones–one is practically in every American teen’s pocket. Nearly 3 in 4 teens own or have access to a smartphone. So, you’re probably thinking: “What does this have to do with treatment for depression?” Well, it seems like smartphones could be linked to causing depression in the first place. We have never experienced the level…

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    Teen Social Isolation: The Dangers of Being Alone

    Teen social isolation isn’t always abnormal. Sometimes we just need some time alone to think, process, and work through things–sometimes it’s more dubious. For many struggling with issues like depression, they aren’t sure what to do so they isolate themselves and don’t reach out to anyone for help. They retreat into themselves hoping to figure…

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    Establishing Close Bonds: Trails Therapist Discusses Work With Teens Struggling with Attachment Issues

    Adoption is one of the most emotional, joyful experiences some parents will ever experience. However, if your adopted child is struggling with attachment issues related to their childhood experiences, it can feel very difficult to establish the close parent-child bond you’ve been yearning for.  Young people struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges related to adoption…

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    Hidden Reasons for Teen Academic Struggles

    Your child is suddenly having issues in school. Their grades are plummeting. They won’t speak to you about what’s going on. How do you react to these teen academic struggles? Many parents feel lost at this point–which is understandable. There’s no handbook telling a parent exactly how to deal with these types of situations. You…

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