a list for new year's resolutions

How to Create New Habits and Make Them Stick for the New Year

The upcoming new year often makes people reflect on their lives and become ready for a change. The New Year often makes us consider resolutions for addiction recovery. And on January 1, we are ready to jump in–full throttle. But sometimes, carrying out our resolutions is short-lived, and we are left to wonder: what went…

a teen overcomes holiday depression

How to Deal with Holiday Depression

The holiday season can be a happy time for so many people. There are dinners, endless get-togethers, gift swapping, and finally, the toast to a new year. But for many teens, the holidays can also be stressful, anxiety-inducing, and in some cases, depressing. Teen depression is common during the holiday season–there are pressures associated with…

a teen wonders what are mood disorders and if she has one

What Are Mood Disorders and Does My Teen Have One?

The teen years are often marked by an assortment of mood-related changes. With every action they take, they are preparing for the next phase of their lives: adulthood. From changing bodies, developing their own beliefs, and even setting goals for the future, adolescence can be an exciting and anxiety-ridden time for teens. What happens when…

a girl deals with teen self-injury

How to Intervene in Teen Self-Injury

Understanding self-injurious behavior involves accepting that it may exist outside your realm of understanding. Self-injurious behavior may seem mysterious for someone who feels no relief when experiencing pain. While this behavior is harmful, it is more common among teens than many people imagine. Teen self-injury is a common way that adolescents show their emotional distress.…

teen seasonal depression affects this boy in the winter

Do Teens Experience Seasonal Depression?

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a form of depression that may occur when we shift from fall to winter. The symptoms of SAD include depressed mood, decreased interest, and enjoyment of favorite activities, severe fatigue, and diminished self-esteem. Although seasonal depression is more prevalent in adult women than teens, teens…

a person holds a ribbon to recognize world mental health day

Recognizing World Mental Health Day in October

Becoming aware of mental health and effective treatment needs to be an ongoing discussion in our homes and communities, according to the World Federation of Mental Health. To raise awareness about mental health, the organization established World Mental Health Day in 1992. Since then, mental health has been celebrated worldwide on October 10, with participants advocating for…

a mother and teen recognize suicide prevention day

Recognizing Suicide Prevention Day

According to the CDC, suicide is one of the leading causes of death amongst teens between the ages of 15-19 in the United States. World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated on September 10 every year to bring awareness to suicide and the need for mental health treatment. Teens commit suicide to overcome mental health issues…

a teen struggles with avoidant personality disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder vs. Social Anxiety

Anxiety is more common among adolescents today than at any other period of time in American history. Teenagers are especially at risk for developing anxiety-related disorders because of factors like hormonal changes and peer pressure. Anxiety symptoms vary depending on whether you have avoidant personality disorder vs. social anxiety. Many times, symptoms between avoidant personality…

family therapy is positive for mending relationships

How Family Therapy Can Repair Relationships With Your Teen

Dealing with teenagers can be stressful. One moment your teen is happy and filled with energy. And the next moment? They’re angry and despise you. For parents, these intense feelings can be challenging to manage. After all, you are human, too. And like your teen, you need to be understood as well. If you are…