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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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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ADHD and Autism: Influenced by Ingredient in Common Pain Medicine? July 15, 2016
According to a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, Acetaminophen--used in Tylenol, Panadol, Anacin--could be linked to a higher chance of ADHD and autism in children when used during pregnancy. The researchers found a significant increase in the chances that a child would show ADHD and autism symptoms when the mother had used a drug with acetaminophen in it. ScienceDaily recently covered the details of the study and its implications. Increased Risk of...
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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 Perspective on Social Development in Adolescence July 11, 2016
In a recent article by Psychology Today, new research concerning how much we know about ourselves compared to how much our friends know about us was discussed. Social development in adolescence can be tough--particularly for teens with low self esteems or a weak sense of self. Teens often strive for independence, which usually means hanging out with friends instead of family. The friends a teen picks during social development in adolescence can greatly impact how they...
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Animals Helping Ease Teen Trauma July 8, 2016
Animals Are Being Used to Ease Teen Trauma After Orlando Shooting The New York Times recently wrote an article reporting on the surprising helpers brought in to comfort those experiencing trauma or stress after the Orlando Shooting: therapy dogs. The K-9 Comfort Dogs team brought 12 golden retrievers to Orlando. This is just one example of how therapy animals have helped relieve stress and deal with traumatic events. Recently, therapy animals have become a popular treatment...
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The Benefits of Building Healthy Relationships July 7, 2016
Science Daily recently covered a study which showed evidence that having healthy relationships coincides with better mental and physical health in young people. Building healthy relationships can be an essential life-saving skill for young people as they grow older. It allows them to find people who will offer healthy support, guidance, and love throughout the years. Yet, many teens struggle with building healthy relationships because they don’t know where to start or how to do it....
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