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OMG – My Kid is Addicted to Their Phone

OMG - My Kid is Addicted to Their Phone It isn’t uncommon for parents of teens to hear the saying that raising kids is one of the most challenging jobs they’ll ever have. The reason for this is because we never know for sure what they’re thinking, what they’ll do next, or how they’ll react [...]

By |2018-07-26T14:17:09+00:00July 24th, 2018|Teen Addiction|0 Comments

Sexual Orientation Questions Answered

Sexual Orientation Questions Answered Sexual orientation raises questions for concerned parents over their teen’s wellbeing and future. Discrimination, bullying, and prejudice weighs heavily on teens who are already struggling with rapid changes in their bodies and the world. Understanding the difficulties helps parents in guiding their teens through difficult times and knowing when their teen [...]

By |2018-07-26T14:13:43+00:00July 17th, 2018|Teen Mental Health|0 Comments

Teenagers and Suicide – What You Need to Know

Being a parent today comes with unprecedented challenges. Teens are exposed to more harmful agents and environments than ever before, and this requires parents be more vigilant and informed than ever before to protect the health and well-being of their offspring. The magnitude of risks, however, often hyper-focuses parents on the tangible and in-your-face risks [...]

By |2018-07-19T13:47:33+00:00July 10th, 2018|Teen Mental Health|Comments Off on Teenagers and Suicide – What You Need to Know

The Risks of Smoking Weed

The Risks of Smoking Weed Of all illegal psychoactive substances, cannabis - a few of its most common synonyms are weed, pot, and marijuana - has been used most frequently. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some 52 percent of people ages 18 through 25 have tried weed at some point in their [...]

By |2018-07-18T14:11:00+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Teen Drug Addiction|Comments Off on The Risks of Smoking Weed

Overprescribing to Our Youth

There was a time when kids who had psychological, emotional or behavioral problems were declared to be trouble-makers. They would spend their time sitting in isolation while other students were learning or worse, they would be largely ignored. Eventually, some of the problems facing these children were recognized and the medical community started treating cases [...]

By |2018-07-03T13:07:19+00:00June 27th, 2018|Teen Drug Addiction|Comments Off on Overprescribing to Our Youth

Is Your Teenager Struggling with PTSD?

Is Your Teenager Struggling with PTSD? We can’t control everything that our children encounter or see. Sometimes they may go through extreme stress that is completely out of our control. Teenagers will usually recover from these events, but in some cases, they may not be able to recover on their own. Although symptoms of post-traumatic [...]

By |2018-06-25T08:58:37+00:00June 21st, 2018|Teen Mental Health|Comments Off on Is Your Teenager Struggling with PTSD?

Teenage Depression and its Levels of Severity

Teenage Depression and its Levels of Severity Mental illnesses can be difficult to diagnose especially for teens. They are already prone to moodiness caused by the stress of school, social anxieties and their own hormonal imbalances. Some of the symptoms of depression may be discounted as simply teenage angst or missed altogether especially when the [...]

By |2018-06-25T09:01:15+00:00June 14th, 2018|Teen Behavioral Health|Comments Off on Teenage Depression and its Levels of Severity

Anxiety is Hitting Our Students Hard

Anxiety is Hitting Our Students Hard Today's students are stressed and filled with anxiety. With reports of terrorists, school shootings, cyber bullying and pressure from school and home, reports of adolescents with anxiety disorders have reached epic proportions. In 2016, TIME Magazine reported "2 million [teenagers] experiencing depression impairing daily function." If you are a [...]

By |2018-06-09T08:15:03+00:00June 7th, 2018|Teen Mental Health|Comments Off on Anxiety is Hitting Our Students Hard

Teen Internet Addiction – It’s Getting Worse

While the idea of too much internet use seems to be fairly common among issues that parents face today for their teens, it has not yet entered the realm of being an official medical issue in the 21st century. According to medical professional Dimitri Christakis of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, this addiction, though prevalent among [...]

By |2018-06-09T07:46:17+00:00May 31st, 2018|Teen Mental Health|Comments Off on Teen Internet Addiction – It’s Getting Worse

The Opioid Epidemic and Naloxone

The current opioid epidemic is one of the most serious health challenges ever faced by the United States. Today, millions of Americans are affected by opioid addiction and overdose, either suffering from substance abuse issues directly, or through their connections to family members, friends, and community members who are afflicted with opioid addiction. One of [...]

By |2018-05-24T12:01:06+00:00May 24th, 2018|Teen Drug Addiction|Comments Off on The Opioid Epidemic and Naloxone

May is National Mental Health Month

May is National Mental Health Month in the United States. This is a good time to remind parents and the world in general that teenagers are just as likely to struggle with mental health issues as adults. In fact, with the increased pressure on their shoulders combined with an ever-evolving technological landscape, teenagers may be [...]

By |2018-05-17T06:07:47+00:00May 17th, 2018|Teen Mental Health|Comments Off on May is National Mental Health Month

Lonliness in Americas Youth

Because of all the new technological devices and the world wide web, we are now globally connected more than ever. But while one may think that this would harmoniously link people into happy, healthy groups, it doesn't appear to be working out that way. In fact, many studies have shown that just the opposite is [...]

By |2018-05-10T15:31:00+00:00May 10th, 2018|Teen Behavioral Health|Comments Off on Lonliness in Americas Youth

ADHD – The Difference Between Boys and Girls

Raising a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, can be a tough job. When it collides with puberty in the teenage years, well, those years turn harrowing. Social and emotional changes that happen to your teenage son or daughter who doesn’t have ADHD are immense, but with ADHD, it adds struggles that affect them [...]

By |2018-05-03T11:06:13+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Teen Behavioral Health|Comments Off on ADHD – The Difference Between Boys and Girls

Life Success – Can Marijuana and Alcohol Use Reduce a Teens Success Rates?

Teen substance abuse has and continues to be a societal concern. This problem is particularly alarming when referencing teen marijuana use and teen alcohol use. Not only can these substances adversely impact young people during their formidable years and threaten teen success, but a new disturbing study found those who regularly ingest these drugs might [...]

By |2018-04-26T10:53:13+00:00April 26th, 2018|Teen Drug Addiction, Teen Mental Health|Comments Off on Life Success – Can Marijuana and Alcohol Use Reduce a Teens Success Rates?

Does Your Teen Suffer From Conduct Disorder?

Conduct disorder is diagnosed in children and adolescents who exhibit repeated and persistent behavior that violates basic societal rules or the rights of others. The behavior is typically exhibited in a number of settings, including at school, home, and in social situations. This disorder results in significant impairment in academic, family, and social functioning. If [...]

By |2018-04-24T15:01:41+00:00April 19th, 2018|Teen Behavioral Health|Comments Off on Does Your Teen Suffer From Conduct Disorder?

Vaping is Becoming a Teen Epidemic

When a person inhales or exhales the aerosol known as a vapor produced by e-cigarettes or other similar devices, he or she is vaping. Since e-cigarettes don’t make tobacco smoke, all too often a person mistakes the vapor or aerosol for water vapor. The fine particles in the vapor have been found to contain several [...]

By |2018-04-12T10:21:14+00:00April 12th, 2018|Teen Drug Addiction|Comments Off on Vaping is Becoming a Teen Epidemic

How to Help Teen Depression With Exercise

Growing pains are perfectly normal. But if you recognize that your teenager’s feelings of sadness, irritability, and fatigue are impacting their relationship with family and friends – possibly even detracting from their performance in school – it could be a sign of depression. The good news is, there are plenty of methods to help improve [...]

By |2018-04-05T10:41:09+00:00April 5th, 2018|Teen Mental Health|Comments Off on How to Help Teen Depression With Exercise

The Overuse of Prescription Amphetamines in Teenagers

The overuse of illicit and prescription drugs continues to be a significant social and medical problem in the United States. This is particularly true amongst teenagers and the increased use of prescription amphetamines by individuals representing that age group. The following brief post will examine commonly known prescription amphetamines often used by teens, what impact [...]

By |2018-03-29T11:44:58+00:00March 29th, 2018|Teen Drug Addiction|Comments Off on The Overuse of Prescription Amphetamines in Teenagers

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