Modern Family Takes a Step Forward for Transgender Teens

Transgender teens are in the midst of a volatile and violent time in America. With bathroom laws and arguments about their “validity,” they can start to feel isolated and alone–but one TV show decided to help make a stand recently. Modern Family invited transgender child actor Jackson Millarker to star in an episode. Millarker will…
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Michelle Obama Speaks on the Stigma of Mental Illness in Youth

Many of our world leaders and role models have been speaking out about the issues with the stigma of mental illness in youth and adults. The Royal Family has been traveling around the globe urging people to seek help and break the stigma. The Royal Family is not the only one fighting to eliminate the…
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Four Traits that Increase the Risk of Youth Substance Abuse

Substance abuse has been an issue within our society for decades. Due to this, the issues of substance abuse have begun to affect individuals earlier in life. Youth substance abuse has become an increased issue today. A recent article by New York Times discussed new research that is driving to develop prevention programs to help…
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Video Game Addiction in Teens : Effects on the Teen Brain

Most parents are used to seeing glowing screens as they walk by their teenager’s room. Whether it’s checking Facebook in the morning or playing Call of Duty late into the night, our children’s brains are being constantly stimulated by these devices. Research shows that teens are spending up to eight hours on electronic devices every…
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Why Therapeutic Wilderness Programs Work For Struggling Teens

It’s  widely known that being out in nature has a variety of healing effects. Have you ever been upset or angry and decided to go on a walk outside to calm down? If so, you have experienced firsthand the powerful medicine that is being out in the outdoors. Therapeutic wilderness programs use the powerful healing…
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Teen Mistakes & Why They’re Important for Development

As parents, we often feel as if we must shield our children from the pain of failing and making mistakes–but this within itself is a mistake. Teen mistakes are a critical part of developing into a capable young adult. Learning that mistakes are just a part of life and how to cope with them is…
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Sing Your Heart Out: Reducing Stress in Teens in a Creative Way

Methods for reducing stress in teens are becoming more and more needed as school becomes harder and students have to deal with more responsibilities. They need help regulating. A recent study has found a new way to help in reducing stress in teens—singing. Not just any type of singing, though, it has to be singing…
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What DNA Can Tell Us About Depression in Teenagers

Depression in teenagers is treatable, but there is still so much we don’t understand about it. Every nugget of research or new information is important in paving the way towards better and more efficient treatment for those suffering from depression in teenagers. Recently, ATTN: published an article discussing a new way of identifying mental illness–specifically…
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Trails Carolina’s Family Therapeutic Program Director Explores Therapeutic Value of Objects

The idea that objects carry a great deal of meaning and value to people is pretty much an irrefutable fact. Recently, Trails Carolina’s Family Clinical Director Jason McKeown MS, LMFT, CPE, DCC, conducted research alongside Brenda Cowan, an Associate Professor of Exhibition Design at SUNY/FIT as well as Ross Laird, PhD. By observing the ways…
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Selena Gomez Sets Example: Depression & Anxiety Symptoms in Teens

When people struggle with depression and/or anxiety symptoms in teens or adolescence (or even adulthood), a large amount of the time they don’t seek out support or treatment. This is because of the strong stigma that’s attached to mental health issues in our society, which is why it’s so important for public figures to speak…
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