Prince Harry addresses teen struggles August 5, 2016
Through adolescence, it’s normal to go through common teen struggles. As a teen, it can be difficult to discuss our emotions or express ourselves, teens haven’t fully developed a strong understanding of their self-identity yet. Teens are infamous for keeping their feelings bottled up, letting them build and build until--much like a volcano--they erupt. In a recent article by The Guardian, Prince Harry spoke about his regrets surrounding not opening up about his mother’s--Princess Diana--death earlier....
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Is There an App for That? Measuring Your Emotional Well-Being July 29, 2016
It’s normal for parents to what their children’s emotional well-being to be perfect and in tip-top shape. We’re always thinking, if we can just make them a little happier, they would excel more in school, with friends, and in life. But we can’t read their minds, which means we never actually know if they’re happy. But can we measure it or improve it? Let’s say...with an app? An app for emotional well-being, aka “happiness” Can we...
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Tips for Improving Teen Mood July 22, 2016
The teen mood is infamously unstable. Teens not only have a high load of stress, but they have puberty on top of all of that. Puberty is the main cause of those nasty teen mood swings experienced often. So how can you help relieve teen mood swings? Psychology Today recently wrote an article outlining ways to improve your teen’s mood and keep their brain healthy and happy. Improving teen mood by rewiring the brain No, this...
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Coloring Books: A New Tool for Stress in Teens July 22, 2016
As a child, coloring books were a common activity throughout each day. As we get older, coloring and art become less and less of a priority. Until recently, a new fad of coloring books was recently released that are designed for adults. That’s right, coloring books are making a comeback! New research has been coming out about the benefits of taking time out of your day to sit down and color--no matter the age. For older...
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Don’t Let Your Manipulative Teen Bully You July 22, 2016
When you think about bullying, what comes to mind? For most people, they think of traditional or cyberbullying among middle schoolers and teens. But sometimes it’s towards parents. If you have a manipulative teen, it can feel hard to put your foot down--they can make you feel helpless. In these moments, it’s important to remember who the parent is and it’s your responsibility to stop this type of behavior in its tracks. Why a manipulative teen...
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Media Influence on Teens July 21, 2016
With technology today, it’s not uncommon for parents to worry about media influence on teens. There are so many shows today depicting sexual interactions among fairly young teens (Pretty Little Liars, for example) that are specifically made to target adolescents. But what evidence has been shown that proves parents need to be worrying about media influence on teens? According to a new study and extensive review by multiple departments from various esteemed universities, there’s not a...
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Being Aware of The Introverted Child July 20, 2016
Some kids grow up and are quiet or shy, while others are sociable and outgoing. These kids who are quiet are often termed the introverted child. The child that never raises their hand in class. The child that doesn’t speak up even though they know the answer. So, how do you get the introverted child to speak up or get involved? According to a recent article by NPR, it requires more awareness from teachers and parents...
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A Common Misconception: Alexithymia and Autism July 19, 2016
It is a common misconception that all children with autism can’t understand emotion and will never be empathetic towards others. This stereotype is incredibly untrue. While it may seem that people with autism don’t show emotion the same way others would, they can understand emotion- just in a different way. According to researchers at the University of East London and King’s College London, many people with autism express empathy, sometimes even an excessive amount of it....
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Destigmatizing Mental Health July 18, 2016
When a person is identified with mental health issues, they are often described as: “Oh, she’s crazy”, “Yeah, that guy is a maniac”, “That person is nuts.” All of these phrases, which are super negative, are creating the wrong perception of mental health. Why? Because these phrases have developed a major stigma around mental health and mental illness within our society. By destigmatizing mental health and improving our mental health care system overall, everyone can be...
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Community-Based Care In Residential Treatment Facilities Can Be Effective July 18, 2016
As a teenager, it’s not uncommon to feel alone. During this time, teens are attempting to find themselves and discover their interests. No one wants to feel alone, especially if you’re struggling with a mental health issues as a teen. Finding a group of people who accept you and have your best interests at heart, is one of the best things a teen struggling with mental health issues can do. Community-based care at residential treatment facilities...
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