Teen Mental Health

Study Finds Link Between Loneliness and Poor Sleep in Young Adults

Feeling lonely is an experience that one can feel even if friends and family are around. Some experts define loneliness as the distressing feeling that people experience when they perceive their relationships to be inadequate. For whatever reason, the relationships that a person has isn’t meeting their need for connection. Recently, a study done in London identified…

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When to Seek Adolescent Mental Health Treatment

Now that your child is a teenager, you’ve probably started handing over the reins when it comes to making health decisions. Your teen can decide for him- or herself when they need to take an over-the-counter pain reliever for a headache. And unless physical health symptoms are severe, you might leave it up to them…

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9 Common Misconceptions About Adolescent Mental Illness

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness. This is particularly true when the mental health conditions affect children and teenagers. Take a look through this list of nine common misconceptions about adolescent mental illness and see if you believed any of the fallacies. Even better, make it a point to point others in the right…

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Here’s How Journaling Can Benefit Teens

You might already know that journaling is a great outlet. It’s recommended for anyone, from children to adults, who wants to relax, become more grateful, and get to know themselves better. If you have a teenager who is struggling with stress, strong emotions, or other similar issues, encourage them to start writing in a journal.…

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9 Ways to Start the New Year on a Positive Note

The start of a new year is a great time to make changes in your life that will improve your health and wellness, add an element of fun, and allow you to reach your goals. Many people do that by setting new year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, most people don’t quite achieve those resolutions over the long term. There…

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The Keys To Unlocking Joy

While avoidance of anxiety, stress and sadness can provide temporary relief, intentionally focusing on generating joy can be a proactive way to not just curb negative affect, but also generate positive emotions like joy. It can also make unpleasant feelings around stress become more manageable by acknowledging negative emotions and providing us with the capacity to…

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Parenting Tips for A Successful Summer

For those of us with children and/or adolescents, summer can be both a fun and stressful time. While the stress of getting to school, homework, projects and after school activities subsides, it is often replaced with lack of structure, boredom, and immense amounts of less supervised free time. Often, parents try and identify a successful…

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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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