School is an important learning experience – not only for reading, writing, and arithmetic, but for the basic social skills young people carry into the rest of life.
Social skills are the skills that help each of us adapt to a social environment. They provide the ability to cooperate, coordinate, and “get along.”
Even before kids face down any high-stakes academic testing, peers “grade” them on...
Anyone can suffer from depression, from young children to senior citizens. Depression is a serious, long-lasting mood disorder that is marked by profound negative changes in mood, sleep disturbances, low energy, and loss of interest in enjoyable activities – among other symptoms.
Together, these can be very difficult to overcome, especially without help.
Luckily as doctors have explored the reason for depression, they’ve a...
With marijuana frequently in the news, there are many misconceptions about it. It’s important to understand marijuana is a powerful drug of addiction that does lasting harm to adolescents – in some ways, it’s even more devastating than it is for adults.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is the most common illicit drug around the world. A Schedule 1 controlled substance, it has widespread effects throughout the entire body...
Body image issues are common among teens, and they can arise as early as the preteen years. Both girls and boys are vulnerable to developing such issues, especially as they become aware of media depictions of “ideal” – and often highly sexualized – bodies.
Girls are exposed to glossy magazines and fashion shoots showing waifish models who always seem to have flawless skin and hair. At this tender time of life, i...
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...
Smartphones are incredibly valuable tools for teens and adults.
Used responsibly, smartphones can be beneficial for mature teens. Young adults can use them to navigate social relationships and maintain commitments in the community or at work. Plus, they can help youths stay safe. A smartphone acts as a vital lifeline in case of unexpected dangers, like medical emergencies, that young people shouldn’t have to face alone.
Social anxiety is a psychological condition that can cause fear in a range of social situations. The sufferer may freeze up, find it difficult to speak, or experience rapid heartbeat.
In very serious cases, social anxiety can cause debilitating panic.
Social anxiety is difficult to untangle because it is self-reinforcing. Intense nervousness or self-consciousness interfere with the ability to learn from a social situation and see that...
As teens develop, the emotional and social changes they experience can leave them prone to act out in ways traditionally described as entitlement. Although there are many definitions for it, it boils down to an inability to manage emotions around disappointment, frustration, and failure.
To avoid the challenges unpleasant experiences create, teens sometimes behave in demanding and uncompromising ways. These episodes might even include ...
When children are young, they benefit a great deal from structure and routine.
These help make the world more predictable and easier to navigate at the time when it is most confusing.
As youths develop into teens, they become more able to manage ambiguity in life. Soon, they reach a point where they want to stretch their limits and actively seek the unknown.
Testing limits is an important part of growth and development. For example, ...