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Declining Grades Can be an Indicator of Teen Mental Illness

  Many parents have a hard time distinguishing between the usual teenage blues and depression. Teens might display symptoms of sadness, isolation, and a sullen mood. But how can you tell if that’s teen depression?   Yet, one way that parents can identify mental illness is through a teen’s declining grades. Keep in mind, however,…

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Study Suggests Teens Who Drink Jell-O Shots Are Vulnerable to Binge Drinking Later

    Jell-O shots are common among some groups of teens. They’re a form of Jell-O that has alcohol mixed into it. One study examined the connection between the use of Jell-O shots and risky drinking behavior later in life, such as binge drinking and a higher frequency of drinking.   The study was conducted…

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Talk Therapy May Help Teens who Refuse to Take Medication when Depressed

  Typically, when a teen has a diagnosis of depression, they may be given an anti-depressant. Antidepressants are used to treat not only moderate to severe depression in teens, but also other psychological disorders such Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Antidepressants can also address the painful mood…

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How to Help Your Teen Feel Loved

    If you’re concerned that your teen doesn’t feel loved by you, there are many ways in which you can communicate your love. Saying “I Love You” is important, but that’s not the only way you help your teen feel emotionally and psychologically close to you. You can help your child feel loved by…

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Teach Your Teen Mindfulness for a Lifelong Coping Tool

    Mindfulness is a practice that can be supportive, regardless of age. It can benefit many levels of one’s being – the body, mind, and heart – even if only practiced from time to time. Although there are specific benefits that a teen will notice immediately, mindfulness can have long-term, positive effects on one’s…

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How to Help Your Teen See Academics as a Priority

Most parents are proud of the fact that their child is doing well in school. However, when a teen ignores academic responsibilities or makes other facets of life a priority, parents might feel frustrated and even angered by this. Some teens simply don’t care about school. They might find their friends, social engagements, creativity, or…

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How to Help a Grieving Teen

    When a teen loses a friend or loved one, they may have a wide range of responses. They might become frequently sad, withdrawn, or even appear as though nothing is wrong. Parents and caregivers might not know exactly how to respond to grief, especially if they’re grieving too. In situations such as divorce,…

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What To Do When Your Body Image Interferes with Your Happiness | Paradigm Malibu

What To Do When Your Body Image Interferes with Your Happiness

One area of focus that many teens tend to have is their appearance. And it’s natural to wonder about how attractive or appealing you are to others. But during adolescence, appearance can go much deeper than attracting a relationship. For instance, your style of dress can point to who you’re friends are and your hairstyle,…

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Bullies and Bullied Teens Are at Risk for Depression

In general, research has found that teens who bully as well as teens who are bullied are at risk for mental illness. Although the types of mental illness might vary depending upon whether a teen was consistently bullied or whether he or she was the one doing the bullying, both can have psychological effects.  …

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Make a List of Those Who Support You If You’re Struggling

  Many teens feel like they are alone in their experience. They might feel lonely, lost, confused, afraid, or depressed. And with these feelings, they might consider themselves alone, without support. It’s common for teens to believe that no one understands them and that no one is going to fully get what they’re going through…

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