Emotional resilience is a challenging part of growing up.
Early in life, having emotional needs met lays the foundation for all mental development. Love physically affects a child. It influences key brain structures and it also helps form the personality.
Emotional fulfillment early in life can have all these benefits:
Improved stress regulation
Better emotional processing
Higher performance in school
Superior short-term memory
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...
Social media sites have become a dominant aspect of social life, redefined to now include digital communications, particularly among young adults. Through the technological advances of the internet and social media, you can now connect with friends and family members throughout the world almost instantaneously. Superficially, this depicts the innovation of social media as nothing short of a positive tool, with emotionally gratifying pot...
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...
As children become teenagers, many things change – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Kids and tweens can seem like they have inexhaustible stores of energy. They can get up early in the morning and be ready to stay up as long as you’ll let them at night. By contrast, teens might seem like they are always running a little bit behind.
The change that comes over teens can be so profound that it’s easy to assume &ld...
The exploitation of others through sexual manipulation and coercion is nothing new.
While it might seem like something that only happens to people far away from home, this is a situation capable of developing anywhere. In fact, most sextortion events begin off of the Internet, which means anyone, including children, are susceptible to the kinds of people who are looking to exploit others for their own sexual gratification. Du...
Technology was created to make lives simpler but has it?
Technology has grown quickly. In fact, it has grown to the point that it often causes problems, especially in those who are still in the process of developing their minds and interpersonal skills. Today, the average citizen is so dependent upon some form of technology that they feel lost and unable to perform even simpler tasks when something occurs to disconnect them from t...
Self-image is an important part of mental health for teens and young adults. Positive self-image helps young people tackle life’s challenges with greater resiliency and inner strength. But what is it, really – and how can loved ones foster better self-image?
Understanding Self-Image and How it Affects Daily Life
Self-image is a person’s entire conception of his or her abilities, skills, personality, and physical...