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...
According to research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, most Americans spend about 93% of their lives indoors, including 6% inside a vehicle.
Not only does that foster all kinds of unhealthy habits, but it disconnects people – especially young people – from the mental and physical benefits of spending time outside.
Without knowing what the outdoors has to offer, children and teens are more likely to become adu...
When a family brings home a new infant, it’s easy to marvel at his or her rapid development. Each new milestone seems like an amazing step in a bright, new journey.
As children enter the teen years, they face developmental milestones that are just as vital to their future. However, many of these come with confusing or even disturbing behavior parents are less likely to see as cause for celebration.
It’s crucial to unders...
Instant gratification has never been more prevalent than it is today.
It’s seen everywhere in media and society, but it’s especially noticeable among young people – whose futures could very well depend on nurturing the ability to delay gratification.
The greatest symbol of instant gratification? It may be the smartphone.
Adolescents and young adults spend plenty of time on technology that offers instant gratificatio...
Eight Skills for Handling Any Family Situation
It is hard for us to achieve calmness. This is true because we may experience lifelong agitation as a result of early adverse experiences, because all human beings regularly experience anxiety and also because we have a brain that naturally races. You’re probably aware of the role that anxiety plays in our difficulties with calmness and you may also be aware of the lifelong negative ...
If asked to picture and describe a depressed person, what would you envision?
Someone having trouble getting out of bed every day? Someone who’s calling into work sick because they can’t leave the house? Someone who’s isolated from friends and possibly sleeping 10 or 12 hours a day? Someone who can’t stop crying and who’s feeling hopeless?
Or would you envision a popular, college-educated professional liv...
Top Reasons Teens Give for Using Marijuana
The legalization of marijuana is sending mixed messages to teens across the nation. Is the drug safe or not? As a means to answer their questions, teens often turn to social media or scour the Internet. Unfortunately, many sites may not present the whole story, and leave teens with unreliable and ambiguous information. With material available at lightening speed is it any surprise yo...
Finding the way out of the black pit of despair can sometimes be extremely difficult. It is an experience that leaves the individual exhausted, unmotivated, and in deep, hopeless despair. There seems to be nowhere to turn and no way to escape these horrible feelings. Depressed feelings and depressed experiences vary both in quantity and quality and therefore different for each individual.
Depression is a condi...