Teen Mental Health

The Importance of Being Connected and The Implications of Loneliness

Universally, there are few nouns with a more miserable association than ‘loneliness’.  Over the last 10 years, research has provided us with unending amounts of research on the emotional, mental and physical resilience factors that connectedness brings us as well as the detrimental effects of experiencing loneliness.  Dr. Emma Seppala’s Tedx Talk on The Power…

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Mindfulness Research Indicates Substantial Benefits For Adolescents and Healthcare Providers

The increasing body of research on the use of mindfulness with children and adolescents is extremely compelling. In direct contrast to the growing concerns over video games and technology dependence, recent and cutting edge mindfulness research has demonstrated that mindfulness-based interventions assist in cognitive functioning and resilience to stress as well as laying down neurological…

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Digital Dependence and the Implications of Social Media

There is a growing body of evidence that our reliance on digital devices, social media and screen time is having a disasterous effect on our neurological functioning and emotional health.  Much like dependence on a substance, digital addiction provides a heightened dopamine release.  Because the average person uses their phone 72 times each day (performing…

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Happy New Year from Paradigm Treatment Centers

Happy New Year! From our team at Paradigm, we hope that you had a fulfilling holiday season. We often use goal setting strategies to help make changes and there s no better time than a new year to accomplish that. Unfortunately, many of those well-intentioned resolutions fall by the wayside by the end of January.…

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The Holidays and The Gift of Self Care & Compassion

Happy Holidays!  As our attention turns toward holiday celebrations, family, friends and resolutions, we often find ourselves neglecting self care.  The ease at which we can slip into running around through the stress of planning, purchasing and putting off our self care can often lead to rushing, resentment and relapse.  The emerging body of research…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Paradigm Treatment Centers

Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays can be an opportune time to express gratitude and no holiday exudes that more than Thanksgiving. Paradigm Treatment Centers would like to take the opportunity to thank you, the treatment, educational and athletic communities for your tireless work with adolescents and families in countless capacities. We know how integral it is…

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An Effective Model for Contingency Management

Helping Parents Establish and Maintain Contingencies: An Effective Model for Contingency Management One of the most challenging aspects of being a parent is figuring out how to set and enforce effective rules. This is a challenging task because there is no ‘right’ answer or universal set of rules that every parent can establish. In addition…

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Why Our Brains Get Turned On By Compassion

The more we do something, the better we get at it. Our brains don’t really know the difference between playing more guitar and getting to be a better musician and being more negatively judgmental and getting better at casting negative judgment. It only knows that when we practice something, we lay down new neuropathways and…

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Things That Make Me A More Effective Parent

Six Easy Things You Can Do Today That Instantly Made Parents Happier And More Effective   Lose the judgments. We live in an incredibly judgmental society. Tabloids, politics, water cooler talk….it is all wrought with judgment and it is often pretty negative. Our kids listen to how we talk about others….when we judge, our children…

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Using Athletics To Promote and Support Mental and Emotional Health

Using Athletics To Promote and Support Mental and Emotional Health If you were old enough to watch television in 1995, you may remember Nike’s commercial “If you let me play sports…”. The groundbreaking advertisement featured children providing facts and statistics on the many social, emotional and mental health benefits of playing sports as a child…

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