Squeezing a Ball: A New Tool for a Struggling Student July 15, 2016
Is your struggling student having issues focusing or solving problems? Are they having issues thinking outside of the box creatively or being flexible? According to a recent article by PsychCentral, the answer may be between squeezing a hard ball versus a soft ball with your left hand. Researchers were astounded by the results of the simple task of squeezing a ball with your left hand as hard as you can for around a minute. Researchers believe...
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Cinema Being Used to Study ADHD in Children July 15, 2016
Yale University has conducted new research on ADHD in children. PsychCentral recently wrote an article covering the study. The researchers in this study decided to use movies as a way of understanding ADHD in children more deeply. The associate research scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, Tamara Vanderwal, M.D., says that movies allow children with ADHD to stay still while getting a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) test.   Studying ADHD in children Most children...
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Thread’s Message: Struggling Teens Aren’t Hopeless July 15, 2016
Struggling teens are often looked at as lost causes in school. In a recent NPR article, four men are trying to change how struggling teens are looked at in school. The four men--Chris Regan, Jordan Wagner, Eric Schiffhauer, and Jebree Christian--all live in Baltimore and derive from various backgrounds. Some are getting their Ph.D., one sells golf equipment online, and one recently graduated high school. All of them gather in a local diner every Sunday to...
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Pokémon Go: Helping Teen Social Anxiety & Depression July 15, 2016
The new app, Pokémon Go has spread across the world through young people’s phones in a matter of days. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably seen something about this new augmented reality app. Unlike other games, Pokémon Go is inspiring those with teen social anxiety and depression to get out and face their fears with the mission of catching as many Pokémon as they can. What is Pokemon Go? Pokémon Go uses your...
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New Technology Available for Teenage Mood Swings July 7, 2016
According to a new report by the National Institute of Mental Health, more research is being conducted on computer games that could change youth and teenage mood swings--especially when concerning irritability. The study inspiring further research took youth prone to irritation and had them play a game that “shifts a child’s judgement for perceiving ambiguous faces from angry to happy.” The researchers hoped to see results of a steadier mood--which they did, encouraging more research into...
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Providing Direction to a Spoiled Teen July 7, 2016
As parents, we want to give them the world, the universe and everything in-between. Due to this, it’s often hard to say no to them. We want them to be happy and always satisfied--but this can often lead to a child becoming a spoiled teen. Learning to teach your teen coping skills when they don’t necessarily get what they want will not only help them excel in life, but will transform them from a spoiled teen...
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Research Suggests Male Friendships Harder to Keep Up July 7, 2016
In a recent article by The New York Times, it was revealed that studies have shown male friendships to be harder to maintain than female ones. The effects of friendship on quality and length of life were also studied. Researchers discovered that while family relationships had little to no influence over length of life, positive friendships had the power to increase life expectancy by 22 percent. Apparently, male friendships are more difficult to maintain, therefore making...
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Parenting Styles Linked to Causes of Depression in Children July 6, 2016
In our society, there’s a large emphasis on being the “best” in everything—whether that’s parenting a teen or being the top dog at work. It’s normal for a parent to want their child to excel and succeed in every area, but when it reaches a certain level it can become one of the causes of depression in children. While many parents have children’s best interests at heart, pushing a child to fit a mold of “perfection”...
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A New Era of Phone Obsession July 6, 2016
In today’s world, it’s hard to imagine a life without cell phones. They consume a large quantity of our time every day, new gadgets, toys, and devices continue to integrate themselves into our daily lives. We have been so entranced with technology, that we’ve hardly consider what the negative effects cell phone use in teens could have. But, like with most new thing, we’ve begun seeing the negative consequences attached to certain technologies, primarily phones. Anything...
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“Catching” Depression: Symptoms of Depression in Teens July 1, 2016
The public is relatively ignorant when it comes to issues concerning mental health. Many believe mental illnesses are rare--but they’re not. Many, many people suffer from a mental illness, and a large amount don’t know the symptoms or how to get help. While mental health issues aren’t necessarily contagious, symptoms of depression in teens have the ability to be taken on by other people. This is because of the huge effect those around us have on...
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