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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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The Psychological Task of Adolescence and How Parents Can Help

    When a teen reaches about age 13 or 14 they begin to enter a stage in life where they will reach for their independence. As you already know, a teenager is at a unique crossroads. They are at the uncomfortable intersection between being a child, under the influence of parents and teachers, and…

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Teen Pregnancy Rates are at an All Time Low

    Overall, the number of teen pregnancies in the United States has declined significantly over the last 20 years. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the teen pregnancy rate has been falling by half since 1991. Although the numbers are still somewhat high in certain populations of people, generally…

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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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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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What Teens Need for Good Mental Health

    There are all sorts of parenting styles, family dynamics, and relationships that can affect a teen’s mental health. For instance, one family might have a loose structure where the children are going to bed later at night and perhaps not always getting the amount of sleep they need. Another family might have a…

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Teen Anxiety is a Manageable and Treatable Illness

      Let’s say your teen tends to worry about things. For instance, she may worry about the fact that her younger brother is going to miss the bus to school. But if that worry prevents her from being able to concentrate on her school work or prevents her from having a conversation with…

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How To Support Your Teen Even Without a Close Parent-Teen Relationship

    Teens need support from their parents, caregivers, and other adults because of the demands of this stage in life. And it’s not only the physical, emotional, and psychological, changes they’re going through, but it’s also the academic, social, and family demands they are often expected to meet. Sometimes, these demands are simply unrealistic…

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Meth Use Among Teens Continues to Be a Problem

    Methamphetamine became a problem in the 1980’s in Oregon. At that time, the use of the drug was identified as being an epidemic, just as heroin and prescription drug use is seen as a national epidemic today. Beginning in the 1980’s, Interstate 5, a highway that runs north/south from Mexico up through the…

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