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

Teen Anxiety: How to Help Your Teen Cope and Stay Mentally Healthy

Anxiety is a feeling that virtually every teen will experience during their adolescent years in response to changes, pressures or stresses they encounter in life. While occasional anxiety is completely normal in teens, it is important to understand how you can help your teen cope with feelings of anxiety, and properly manage stress in a… Continue reading Teen Anxiety: How to Help Your Teen Cope and Stay Mentally Healthy

The Truth About Teens and Stress

Being a teenager is a stressful time. Puberty, school, and social pressures have a big impact on many teens’ mental health, and many develop anxiety disorders. According to the American Psychological Association, high stress and ineffective coping mechanisms are ingrained in our culture. The APA also reports that school is the most common source of… Continue reading The Truth About Teens and Stress

Is Your Social Media Account Causing Your Anxiety?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common disorder in the United States and affect 18% of the population. Anxiety is often related to social factors when found in teenagers and young adults. If social media is causing you anxiety, it might be a good time to take… Continue reading Is Your Social Media Account Causing Your Anxiety?

Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias, Oh My!

Everyone gets scared or anxious sometimes; it is an important part of being human.  Fear and anxiety are useful emotional responses because they can cause us to change our behavior in ways that protect us from danger.  The teen years are full of situations that create fear and cause anxiety and learning to navigate through… Continue reading Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias, Oh My!

4 Ways to Support Your Teen With OCD

Before a mental health disorder is diagnosed, everyone in the family can feel helpless and out of control to the point that finding a name for what is happening can start to feel like the answer.  Unfortunately, knowing what is causing the problem isn’t enough to solve it.  The real work of dealing with many… Continue reading 4 Ways to Support Your Teen With OCD

How Do I Know if My Teen has OCD?

OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is an anxiety disorder that can affect people of all ages, even teenagers.  People with OCD experience excessive worry about specific things, called obsessions, which they cannot control and in an effort to manage their anxiety, they feel compelled to perform certain ritualistic behaviors.  Teenagers with OCD may develop obsessions related… Continue reading How Do I Know if My Teen has OCD?

When Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders Co-exist

For many people with eating disorders, the challenge of overcoming their disorder is complicated because of other coexisting mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.  In fact, a University of Pittsburg Medical Center study conducted in 2004 found that two-thirds of those diagnosed with eating disorders also suffered from some form of anxiety disorder over the… Continue reading When Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders Co-exist

6 Tips for Helping Teens Manage Social Anxiety

It is normal for teenagers to experience anxiety as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood.  From changing bodies to changing schools, teenagers can feel like everything in their world is in a constant state of fluctuation.  They worry about fitting in, making friends, getting good grades, being popular, and being accepted.  This kind… Continue reading 6 Tips for Helping Teens Manage Social Anxiety