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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Game Theory Suggestions to Avoid Family Conflict July 18, 2016
Throughout parenting, every parent hears the exclamation, “But that’s not fair!”, every once and awhile. It’s human nature to want everything to be fair. This desire for fairness, may be rooted back to our hunter-gatherer days. Back then, those who had more during times of scarcity would share food and supplies with individuals who had less--in the hopes that they would do the same if the tables were turned. A recent New York Times article delves...
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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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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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Health Benefits of Nature Take Effect within Minutes July 2, 2016
Oftentimes, when someone is struggling with mental or physical health issues, they turn to medication immediately. Of course, this is all fine and good, but we ignore one of the most basic, free thing around us which has a healing quality: nature. The confirmed health benefits of nature are many and there’s still so much we don’t know about its effects on us. A recent article by Nature revealed that spending mere minutes--30 to be exact--has...
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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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Brain Benefits Found from Online Learning Games for Kids June 25, 2016
Kids today are constantly using a form of technology to play games, simultaneously attending to other things. Many people would argue that forms of media and video games have a negative effect on kids. For many parents, certain elements of video games seem like a complete waste of time and brain power. While there may be some negative effects of media, scientists are now saying that online learning games for kids can have benefits on the...
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“Grit”: Determining Perseverance in Youth and Their Success June 24, 2016
Perseverance in Youth and Consistency A psychologist named Angela Duckworth created a term called grit. Grit is a common belief today, that perseverance in youth and consistency can lead to success. Even more than traditional factors like talent, I.Q., or achievement in school. Psychology Today released an article recently that discusses if perseverance in youth and consistency can determine or predict success throughout life. Grit “Grit”, is defined as perseverance in youth and commitment to long-term...
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No Skill Needed: Everyone Can Benefit from Art Therapy June 23, 2016
A recent study conducted by Drexel University revealed something exciting: you don’t have to be a master artist to benefit from creating it. The study found that while creating art, people’s stress levels plummeted. It seems that art therapy has been shown once again to be an effective tool for mental health. Researchers think the effects are more concentrated in supportive settings, but one could essentially practice this anywhere--on a train, at school, in a park--the...
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5 Myths Surrounding Mindfulness for Teens and Others June 22, 2016
When you think of the word “mindfulness” what comes to mind? The typical image is someone sitting in the traditional, cross-legged form quietly with their eyes closed. Yes, this is a form of mindfulness, but there’s so much more to it. Mindfulness for teens, adults, or any age group offers so much in mental, physical, and emotional benefits. Many myths surround mindfulness, which makes it difficult for people to see the potential benefits of mindfulness for...
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