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Teen Smartphone Use

With the proliferation of smartphone use in the United States, it’s no wonder that people are concerned about the dangers that lurk there. From smartphone addiction to online bullying, people are taking steps to protect themselves from the problems revolving around smartphones. Although the smartphone is an extremely helpful tool for most people, it can…

teen depression and anxiety

Teen Depression and Anxiety

Teen depression and anxiety are often viewed as the same thing- and they do overlap in some areas. Furthermore, they are emotional responses to circumstances or experiences in a teen’s life; however, the symptoms and causes of teen depression and anxiety differ. Treatment for each condition may also differ depending on the individual. For instance,…

a young child playing video games showing signs of video game addiction

Signs of Video Game Addiction

Everyone loves playing games now and then. For many, video games are a passion. But when gameplay leads to signs of video game addiction, then these pastimes stop being fun and start damaging most areas of your life. Thankfully, a video game addiction treatment center in California helps you get back into real life and…

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Video Game Addiction Symptoms

As a parent, you, of course, want the best for your loved one. But teens rarely see problems sneaking up on them, such as addiction to video games. What a teen confuses as a love of these games or passion for them can actually cause significant problems in daily life. To help your teen who…

A teen boy lies on the ground next to a liquor bottle as an example of teen alcohol abuse

Signs of Teen Alcohol Abuse

For anyone over the age of 21 beer, liquor, wine, and other spirits are widely available for purchase in the United States. This availability is not meant to provide teens with alcohol. Unfortunately, even the best efforts to control teen drinking do not stop many young people from engaging in teen alcohol abuse. But how…

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The Positive Effects of Exercise on Your Mental Health

By George Livengood – Program Director, Canon House Do you remember moping around the house as a kid and mom saying, “Go outside and play!”? Mom was onto something.  There are numerous studies that indicate exercise is helpful in reducing depression.  There is no one identifiable reason as to why it works. So let’s look…

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Why do creative therapies for teens work?

By Jesaca Lepper, MFT  – Ventura PHP/IOP Creative therapies are very important and valuable for adolescent treatment therapy. Adolescents often benefit from different treatment modalities that do not only focus on cognitive interventions and strictly “talk therapy.” Adolescent brains are still growing and sometimes experiences can unlock and express deeper feelings. There are many artistic modalities…

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How to Talk to your Teen About Mental Health

By Parviz Nafari, MFT, Woodland Hills PHP/IOP As children grow and go through a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional changes, it can become more and more difficult to distinguish between normal teenage “moodiness” and a legitimate mental health concern. Teens are often not able to articulate their thoughts and emotions easily, which makes…