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

7 Signs Your Teen Needs Professional Counseling

As parents of teens, sometimes it is hard to determine what could be a sign of a serious problem and what is a normal part of growing up. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a nationwide survey of students in grades 9 – 12 found that 16% of students reported considering suicide,… Continue reading 7 Signs Your Teen Needs Professional Counseling

4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Teen Depression

Teenagers will inevitably experience mood swings, emotional outbursts, and poor behavior as their minds and bodies grow and develop. However, many teens struggle with serious depression that is long lasting, and can impact their health and happiness if it is not recognized, diagnosed, and treated early in their formative teenage years. As the parent of… Continue reading 4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Teen Depression

Guide To Bipolar Disorder

If your teenager has just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it can be a daunting and scary time. However, there are many resources and treatment available today to help those with bipolar disorder cope and live normal, healthy lives. In fact, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, more than 6 million Americans have… Continue reading Guide To Bipolar Disorder

8 Natural Remedies for Teen Depression

Teens go through a lot of changes and have a lot of pressures put on them from different groups. It is not uncommon to have low periods or feelings of depression during this time. According to Mental Health America, if you are experiencing a loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy, irritability, tiredness, and… Continue reading 8 Natural Remedies for Teen Depression

7 Things Parents Probably Don’t Know About Teen Depression

People often have a picture in their mind of what depression “looks like” but when that picture doesn’t line up with reality, it can keep people from getting the help that they need.  This is especially true when talking about teenagers who are dealing with depression.  Many parents simply don’t have the information they need… Continue reading 7 Things Parents Probably Don’t Know About Teen Depression

The ABCs of Children’s Mental Health

May is Children’s Mental Health Month which is a great time to talk about where parents can find more information about the mental health conditions their adolescents may be struggling with. While there is no substitute for the expertise and information provided by a qualified mental health practitioner, this version of the ABCs can help… Continue reading The ABCs of Children’s Mental Health

7 Things Parents Should Know about Teenage Depression

Depression in teenagers doesn’t always look the way we, as parents, expect it to.  Sometimes the symptoms of depression can look a lot like normal teenage angst which means it goes undiagnosed.  But getting teens who are dealing with depression the help they need is critical because depression impacts all areas of their life and… Continue reading 7 Things Parents Should Know about Teenage Depression