Category Archives: Mental Health

How to Connect with a Teen who Seems Withdrawn from the Family

As children enter adolescence, significant changes begin. Developmentally, teens are trying to create their own identity and cultivate independence. As a result, youth naturally begin to pull away from their parents. But these changes can be difficult for the family. Parents frequently describe situations, such as ‘my daughter used to tell me everything but now she seems to only share

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Chronic Stress Epidemic

Every year since 2013, teens have consistently reported higher levels of stress than adults in the American Psychological Association annual survey. In 2019, teens reported worse mental health and higher levels of anxiety and depression than all other age groups. Then 2020 came and brought a whole new level of stress to youth. Our high schoolers are very stressed! In

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How Parents Shape their Teen’s Mental Health During Pandemic

Most parents work really hard to raise their children in the best way that they can. Circumstances can make that job easier or harder, depending on a parent’s own stress level. Right now, the pandemic is making it much, much harder. With job losses, school closures, and political uncertainty, 2020 has made it difficult for anyone to reasonably hold it

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Prevent Cyberbullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. With so many students learning remotely this school year during the pandemic, bullying is most often taking place online, so today’s blog will focus on how we can prevent cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can be defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior involving a real or perceived power imbalance that takes place over digital devices like cell phones,

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Teach Teens the Loving-Kindness Meditation

During this difficult time of upheaval, when the news is focused on the pandemic, racial unrest, economic difficulties, and political divisiveness, it’s important that each of us find healthy ways to cope. Teens are definitely struggling right now with anger, stress, anxiety, and depression. Science shows that one of the most beneficial things we can do to feel better, combat

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Crisis is Opportunity for Youth to Build Resilience

When asked what characteristics in people create success, experts often include ‘resilience’ on their list. Resilience means coping with adversity in a positive way. When stress or trauma strikes, a resilient person still experiences anger, grief and pain, but they are able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically. Problems in life are inevitable. Resilience won’t make your problems

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Pandemic Lockdown Likely to Increase Mental Health Issues Among Youth

Before the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 5 American children (ages 3 through 17) have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in every given year. They also state that 50% of all mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% begins by age 24. Recent research from CDC indicates that serious

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When Your Teen is Mourning their Life during the Pandemic

School dances. Sports. Parties. Hanging out with friends. Driving. Teams. Birthday celebrations. Flirting in school hallways. Graduations. College tours. Performances. Competitions. Clubs. Memories. Teenagers everywhere are facing stunning losses. Once-in-a-lifetime events and normal rites of passage have been canceled due to the pandemic. Events that teenagers have been preparing for months have disappeared overnight. While all these cancellations are necessary

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Advice to Reduce Family Bickering During Quarantine

As the world shuts down and families take refuge inside their homes in an effort to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic, it is inevitable that family tensions will rise. Everyone feels stressed – although in different ways – and there’s no escape or distraction from one another. We are bound to have short fuses and moments of frustration.

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Help Teens See Themselves As Part of the Solution During Crisis

One of the reasons difficult circumstances are hard to deal with is because we feel out of control. When we don’t know how to “fix” something or what to expect next, our fear increases. In fact, studies have shown that people who feel in control of their lives report better mental health, fewer physical pains, and faster recovery from illnesses.

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Activities to Do with Teens and How to Battle Anxiety During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, many families are facing the unimaginable … being stuck together inside for weeks in quarantine. With no outings or visits from friends allowed, this can be a daunting prospect and a recipe for boredom. So here is a checklist of possible activities to undertake with your teens: Make music (singing / dancing / lip

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How to Reduce Fear in your Middle Schooler

Middle school is an inherently stressful environment because it’s a major transitional stage in life. Tweens are being faced with three important changes: Physical. Your tween is beginning puberty. They are flooded with hormones that result in wildly fluctuating emotions and poor decision-making, and their bodies are undertaking massive outward changes which can feel embarrassing. Social. Children are transitioning out

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