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Do you hover over your teen? Five tips for a helicopter parent

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Do you find yourself obsessing over the details of your teen’s life? Do you micro manage every part of their day? You may, unbeknownst to you, be a helicopter parent! As parents, sometimes our first reaction is to get super involved in every minutiae of our teen’s lives, especially if they’re hanging out with a…
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Changing Seasons, Changing Moods: Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder in teens

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Seasonal affective disorder in teens is not something that just affects adults. In fact, it can be just as devastating to teenagers as it can be to adults, especially because most teenagers spend just as much time (if not more), inside, in artificial light, during the winter months. Without ample exposure to natural light, the…
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Not Just Another Teen Movie: How To Handle Teen Partying

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If your teen is going to their friend’s house, it’s likely that they’ll do more than watch movies and gossip. Instead of straight up telling you that they’re going to a party, they’ll tell you a lie about the night in they had with their friends. It’s only when that lie turns into something dangerous…
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Making Friends And Enemies: Maintaining Healthy Teen Relationships

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Adolescence is a time when important relationships are formed. Whether they be platonic or romantic, these relationships can make the teenage years the best time of a teen’s life or the worst. Maintaining healthy teen relationships during adolescence is super important to a teen’s overall well being. Creating and maintaining healthy teen relationships It may…
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Seven Ways to Help Teens Dealing with Stress

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Teens deal with stress more than ever nowadays. There’s pressure on them to do well in school in order to get into a good university, to find a good paying job in today’s struggling economy, and to maintain a close group of friends who will provide the support they will need. Teens juggle a lot.…
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Like music to your ears: Music influences teen mental health

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Music has an incredible amount of influence over our emotions. For adolescents, who spend a good amount of their time mulling over teen issues like crushes, grades, and peer relationships, music provides a place to escape from the hecticness of everyday life. Recently, researchers have discovered that music can have both positive and negative influences on teen…
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Clearing up the fog: Demystifying myths about teenage depression

Think of teenagers as butterflies in cocoons. The only difference between them and metamorphosing creatures is that they have to display their transformation in front of the whole world, without the protection of a warm hiding place. For some teenagers, this is the time when teenage depression begins to rear its ugly face. Teenage depression…
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Stopping bullying in its tracks: Starting a Bullying Prevention Plan

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In every school across the country, kids are being bullied every day. In fact, a 2013 report by the National Center of Educational Statistics found that one in three students report being bullied during the school year. It’s a crazy number, but there are ways to prevent it from growing. The best way to prevent…
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CC Sabathia enters alcohol treatment center: Musings from a member of the Trails team

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This blog post was written by Eric Janoski, a member of the Trails Carolina substance abuse treatment staff, on the topic of CC Sabathia and the stigma of substance abuse. CC Sabathia, pitcher for the New York Yankee’s announced yesterday that he was entering an alcohol treatment center and will miss the playoffs. In a…
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Breaking manipulative cycles: Three signs you have a manipulative teen

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Teenagers are naturally equipped with the art of manipulating their parents to cover their mess and get what they want. However, it is crucial to the overall health of the family and your teen to be on guard to a manipulative teen. Signs of a manipulative teen Many experts agree that a manipulative teen manipulates…
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