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When is too much, in fact, too much? There are multiple strategies on discussing substance use with out of control teenagers. Some argue that honesty about your own experiences with substances (if such experiences exist) is an important step to connecting with your child. Others argue that discussing your own experiences sends the wrong message by legitimizing substance use in your child’s eyes. As with

We have a connection with the wilderness. It’s deep down and sometimes hard to see in our technological world, but we have it. It’s easy to think of the feeling you get when you walk into the wilderness for a hike: calm. It's something about unplugging and taking a nature walk that allows your brain to relax and sort through stress. Wilderness treatment centers for teens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLTdRq0r9hs As the world becomes more digitally connected, technology addiction continues to become a real issue, especially among teens. Just last year, Pew Research Center released a report of its findings on teen technology usage. Research concluded that 92 percent of teens use the internet daily, which includes 24 percent that say they are online virtually constantly. Is technology addiction really an addiction? Let’s look at the definition

In a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, researchers found a gene linked to why anxiety often forms and peaks in adolescence. With this new information, it may help develop new techniques for identifying teen anxiety and intervening earlier. Child and teen anxiety disorders, according to the NIH, have a lifetime prevalence among 25 percent of 13 to

Have you ever taken a 10 minutes to close your eyes, sit completely still, and really check in with yourself? Probably not. The benefits of practicing mindfulness in teens are considerable and immense, yet it’s hardly mentioned in daily life. It’s time that it started being mentioned, though. In today’s world, teens are faced with large amounts of stress from hormones, homework, exams, and not to

In this day and age, it is impossible to deny a simple truth: animals are taking over the world with cuteness. Be it cat videos or the Puppy Bowl, when animals enter the picture, everything else seems to fade away. But what if this adorable fuzziness could be used to heal various types of trauma? Enter animal therapy. When many people think of animal therapy, they

For any student in school, mentioning the word exam conjures up uncomfortable, anxious feelings. Exams are the bane to any student’s existence. They have the power to make anyone feel unsure and frazzled. Exam stress is real, all students deal with it, but for some it can become overwhelming. Some think partying, self-medication, and neglect will get rid of the stress, but that only feeds

While mental illness is never easy, bipolar disorder in teens can hit especially hard As if puberty alone enough, a child struggling with bipolar disorder must deal with the pressures of severe mood episodes, from depression one moment to mania the next. During such an important phase in your teen’s life, it is crucial to help them through this difficult time. Living Bipolar First, the bad news: