Raising Awareness about ADHD

You might think the last thing the ADHD community needs is more news coverage since it seems to be in the press and on the television all the time. Unfortunately, when it comes to mental health problems that affect our lives, there is such a thing as bad press and most of the press related… Continue reading Raising Awareness about ADHD

How to Stay Connected Through the Contentious Teen Years

One of the hardest things about being a parent is to know when to be firm, when to be soft, when to be strict, when to give in, when to hold them close, and when to let them go.  This is never truer than when that child becomes a teenager. Seemingly overnight, their happy, friendly,… Continue reading How to Stay Connected Through the Contentious Teen Years

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Resources for Parents of Teens

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder that affects people of all ages.  A person with OCD experiences severe anxiety related to specific things where the level of anxiety or worry doesn’t match what is happening.  The specific things that they have this reaction to are called obsessions.  Teenagers can develop obsessions related to… Continue reading Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Resources for Parents of Teens

Dating Violence: The Things Parents Should Look For

Unfortunately, dating violence is all too prevalent amongst today’s teens. The signs of it occurring may not be easily observable, and your teen may even try to hide that it’s happening to them.  So, as a parent, it is imperative to know the warning signs of dating violence and the things to be on the… Continue reading Dating Violence: The Things Parents Should Look For

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

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

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

Why You May Not Want to Yell at Your Teens…Even When You Do

There has never been a parent of a teenager who was not at some point inspired to yell, loudly, at their offspring.  It is the nature of parents and teenagers to butt heads and to disagree.  It is also normal and even expected that teenagers will try to spread their wings and do things their… Continue reading Why You May Not Want to Yell at Your Teens…Even When You Do

5 Ways You Can Fight Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity Awareness month provides all parents with a great opportunity to take small steps to help combat the obesity epidemic in our children. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  one third of all adolescents in America are either overweight or obese.  At last report by the CDC in 2011, here in Arizona,… Continue reading 5 Ways You Can Fight Childhood Obesity

Choosing a Mental Health Provider for Your Teen

The first challenge in helping your troubled teen get the help they need is accepting that help is needed in the first place.  The good news is that this is often the hardest step.  Once you have determined that your teenager’s needs require the experience of a professional, finding the right mental health provider can… Continue reading Choosing a Mental Health Provider for Your Teen

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