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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

When someone has a physical issue or disorder, it’s hard for people not to notice. Many times, the individual’s pain and suffering are apparent. However, with a mental disorder, the individual suffers in silence. We sometimes forget how lucky we are that depression and anxiety are but temporary issues in our lives. That’s not the…

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Signs of Teen Anxiety

Many teens experience intense emotions due to hormone changes, high stress, and academic pressures. Yet, teen anxiety is more complicated. Parents may find it challenging for those with teen anxiety symptoms to know when a real mental health disorder is present. By providing proper help for teen anxiety, it is possible to help them become…

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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,…

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Signs of Depression in Teens

Depression is not always easy to spot in teenagers. One of the reasons is that the signs of depression can often mimic normal teenage behavior. Changes in mood, abnormal sleep and eating patterns, inability to stay focused, or changes in social behavior may look like typical traits of an adolescent in transition.  However, it’s also…