Does Lack of Sleep Affect Mental Health?

Every parent with teenage children worries that they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep most nights, but staying up late and not getting enough sleep are generally considered to just be one of those “things teenagers do.”  When you add to that the fact that research has shown that teenagers are biologically hardwired to stay… Continue reading Does Lack of Sleep Affect Mental Health?

How to Help Your Teen Stay Active this Summer

Most teenagers start dreaming about the last day of school as soon as Spring Break is over.  Unfortunately, parents don’t usually look forward to summer vacation at all because to them it means lots of unsupervised time and constantly arguing with a “lazy” teenager about why they do need to get out of bed before… Continue reading How to Help Your Teen Stay Active this Summer

Teens Aren’t Getting the Mental Health Care They Need

  Research has shown that many of our teenagers simply aren’t getting the mental health services they need to treat and overcome mental health conditions that can impact the rest of their lives.  Only about 45% of teenagers with psychiatric disorders receive treatment which is a statistic we, as a community, have to change.   One… Continue reading Teens Aren’t Getting the Mental Health Care They Need

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Each year, more than 60 million Americans suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders including our teens and children. These devastating mental health conditions affect every area of a person’s life and when the person struggling with the condition is a teenager, it can affect everything from their social development to their prospects for the future.… Continue reading National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

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

Emotional Overeating Awareness Month

One of the many challenges we face as a society is overcoming the recent rise in obesity rates among both adolescents and adults. With more than a third of the population currently categorized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as obese  and more than two thirds considered overweight, now is the time to seek solutions… Continue reading Emotional Overeating Awareness Month

3 Tips for Teen Stress Relief

It is tough to be a teenager and the demands of today’s world don’t make it any easier.  The most common things that can cause stress in a teenager’s life, as outlined by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, include academic demands, family problems, high expectations, overly packed schedules, safety concerns, peer relationships,… Continue reading 3 Tips for Teen Stress Relief

4 Common Types of Counseling, Explained

April is Counseling Awareness Month which provides us with an excellent opportunity to talk about the different types of therapy that are often grouped under the “counseling” category. For anyone new to mental health services, it can feel like the providers you are working with are speaking a different language. Because there are several different… Continue reading 4 Common Types of Counseling, Explained

12 Ways to Spend Earth Day with Your Teens

When you think about spending holidays together as a family, it is unlikely that Earth Day is one of the holidays that come to mind.  But since this is the perfect time of the year to get everyone out of the house and doing something service oriented together, it might be time to reconsider whether… Continue reading 12 Ways to Spend Earth Day with Your Teens

Only Half of Teens with Mental Health Issues Get Treatment

A recent study published in the journal Psychiatric Services indicates that more than half of all teenagers dealing with mental health disorders go untreated. Additionally, even when these kinds of disorders receive some treatment, the person doing the treating may not be a mental health provider. The study was conducted by researchers from the Duke… Continue reading Only Half of Teens with Mental Health Issues Get Treatment

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