People experiencing the positive effects of exercise on your mental health by playing volleyball

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…

Woman paints during creative therapy

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…

A worried mother rests her hand on her unhappy daughters shoulder

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…

Social Media Is it Hurting or Helping Teens

Social Media: Is it Hurting or Helping Teens?

According to statistics from the Pew Research Center, use of social media sites has increased by more than ten times in the past decade. Nearly two thirds of American adults use at least one social networking site, and a whopping 90 percent of young adults ages 18-29 use social media. The Appeal of Social Media…

Helpful Strategies for Managing Anxiety

Helpful Strategies for Managing Anxiety

Managing anxiety is important for those in recovery. Everyone can relate to the idea of feeling anxious from time to time. It’s that unpleasant, uneasy feeling we get when we’re especially concerned or worried about something. Those occasional bouts of anxiety are part of everyday life. Nervous emotions are not the same for those who…

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options

| CA | Destinations for TeensWhen an individual suffers from both a mental health disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the simultaneous occurrence of these disorders is known as a dual diagnosis. These conditions aggravate each other. This can severely diminish the effectiveness of treatment that addresses only a single condition, or even…

ADHD and Substance Abuse

ADHD and Substance Abuse

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder among youth, affecting approximately eleven percent of youth in the U.S. The disorder is marked by impulsive behavior, inability to pay attention and excessive physical activity. ADHD and substance abuse frequently occur together. ADHD is considered a chronic condition. Because it can have a negative…

5 Ways to Help Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

5 Ways to Help Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

Stigma, the unwarranted shame and disgrace associated with mental illness, is a serious problem affecting the estimated 61.5 million Americans who experience mental illness in any given year. Not only do these individuals struggle with the debilitating symptoms of their illness, but they also face various forms of discrimination, social prejudice, judgmental mindsets and other…