How Social Media is Affecting our Teens

By Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner   Since computers starting coming into the home and video games left the arcade, parents have expressed concerns about how much is too much and how these virtual interfaces will impact the lives of our children over the long term. For years, the main concerns around overuse of… Continue reading How Social Media is Affecting our Teens

How Do You Know When Your Teen’s Warning Signs are Really Red Flags?

By Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC   For parents with children who are suffering from a mental illness, it can be very difficult to know when their child’s problems are typical and manageable, and when those problems begin to endanger other people. There are warning signs you can watch for if you are concerned that there may… Continue reading How Do You Know When Your Teen’s Warning Signs are Really Red Flags?

Reasons Why Teens Today Are Under So Much Stress

Many parents don’t fully understand why the lives of their teens are so very stressful. However, the topic of stress is so important that the entire month of April is designated as National Stress Awareness Month. So, let’s spend April reflecting on what causes stress in our teens and young adults. Teenage Sleep Deprivation Modern-day… Continue reading Reasons Why Teens Today Are Under So Much Stress

Help Your High-Schooler Manage Stress with these 4 Easy Tactics

High school is full of challenges, academic and otherwise, that can add up to some serious stress for your teen. They’re tackling homework and navigating complex social dynamics, all while balancing time spent with friends, family, and on activities. The demands and schedule might start to feel overwhelming. As the parent, helping your teenager navigate… Continue reading Help Your High-Schooler Manage Stress with these 4 Easy Tactics

How to Help Your Family Prioritize Mental Health After Disaster

In light of the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires which wreaked havoc on our globe; we thought it was important to discuss why and how to help your family focus on mental health after disaster strikes. The victims of these unprecedented weather events remain in our prayers. Their strife serves as an important reminder about… Continue reading How to Help Your Family Prioritize Mental Health After Disaster

Managing Back-To-School Anxiety And Pressure

For teenagers returning to high school, or young adults beginning college, starting a new school year often comes with a lot of stress and anxiety. Gone are the days of a relaxing summer spent with friends outdoors and easy-going vacation time. With today’s competitive society, many teens and young adults feel pressure to find an… Continue reading Managing Back-To-School Anxiety And Pressure

Help Your Teen Manage the Stress of High School

Teens are increasingly finding themselves stressed out. The American Psychological Association, reports that stress is incredibly common among teens. And, it comes as no surprise that teens’ biggest source of stress is school. As a parent, find out how you can help your teen identify and manage their stress. The American Academy of Child &… Continue reading Help Your Teen Manage the Stress of High School

3 Questions About Self-Injury You Should Be Able to Answer as the Parent of a Teen

March was Self-Injury Awareness Month, which is a time reserved each year to increase awareness of teenage self-injury, and help teens who suffer from this harmful compulsion to feel supported enough to seek help. While March is a month dedicated to awareness and support for those practicing self-injury, this is a condition that can impact… Continue reading 3 Questions About Self-Injury You Should Be Able to Answer as the Parent of a Teen

Teen Cutting: Everything You Should Know as the Parent of a Teenager

As your teen is developing and begins to experience more complex emotions within themselves, they will look for support, understanding, and outlets in the immediate world around them. This world typically includes family, friends, and social media as main influences that shape your teen and aid in their decision making as they grow toward adulthood.… Continue reading Teen Cutting: Everything You Should Know as the Parent of a Teenager