Adolescence is characterized as the developmental period in which the greatest amount of growth and change is experienced, both physically and psychosocially. While the navigation of these years can be challenging for parents, there is comfort in the fact that adolescence offers equipped minds that are biologically prepared to learn from parents and elders.
Therefore, you as a parent possess the unique ability and opportunity to impac...
Coping skills are some of the most important life skills kids, teens, and adults can have.
As they grow, young people have the opportunity to learn many things. However, coping skills – the skills that allow people to manage emotions in healthy, positive ways – are fundamental.
But there’s a challenge: Coping skills need to be cultivated and practiced.
Adolescents and teens should be encouraged to think about their...
Does time spent outdoors make people happier? The answer, science is learning, is yes.
For thousands of years, people have been creating art that glorifies the importance of nature to a life well-lived. However, until recently, many effects of nature on happiness were hard to prove.
Groundbreaking new research has reached conclusions that validate some long-held traditional ideas about the power of nature to help people live fuller, ...
Building and maintaining a relationship with your teen takes time, attention, and effort.
It can seem like things change overnight as children enter their teen years. They develop interests and goals that may not align with yours – and they don’t always want to share them.
But even if your teen sometimes seems like a stranger in your own home, you still have the power to foster a relationship of love and trust.
Trauma is a deeply disturbing experience with long-lasting psychological consequences.
Throughout life, many different types of events have the potential to be traumatic – especially for young people, who do not benefit from the mature frame of reference for their emotions that adults have the opportunity to develop.
Many types of trauma stem from a sense of personal vulnerability. In fact, some researchers have concluded it&rsq...
Hollywood has created a misleading popular image of PTSD – one that deeply mischaracterizes what sufferers go through and what PTSD looks like to others.
All in all, nearly 8% of Americans will experience PTSD. The majority of those pose no threat to those around them, but they do face profound daily challenges.
Can teens and even younger adolescents have PTSD? The answer is yes.
How Does PTSD Develop?
Post-Traumatic Stress Di...
Shayne Gallagher, the Founder of Wingate Wilderness Therapy will be on the Dr. Phil Show on March 19th, 2018 at 4 PM. Click here to find local listings (find out what time and channel Dr. Phil is airing in your area).
"My 16-Year-Old Daughter is Throwing House Parties and Posted a Racist Viral Video. She Got Kicked Out of School and I Kicked Her Out Too!"
Alma wrote to the show begging for help because she says her 16-year-old daughte...
Thousands of teens all over the U.S. suffer from drug addiction, psychological conditions, and other serious life challenges. Each of these can be resistant to traditional treatment – and they often appear together.
Youths often struggle against a “one size fits all” approach they see as cold and unfeeling. Only a customized approach that honors their personhood can truly reach a teen in crisis.
When teens think...
Self-harming and self-defeating behaviors take many forms – from habits that sabotage goals to cutting of the skin. Anyone can engage in these behaviors, but teens are especially susceptible, especially in times of great stress and emotional upheaval.
Why are self-harming behaviors so common? They can be a form of release during intense outpouring of emotion. They can give the sufferer feelings of control: They may not be ab...