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...
Why are depression and addiction so frequently encountered together?
Life inevitably comes with both good and bad days, which often generate positive and negative feelings and emotions, respectively. However, while one individual may be able to get through a difficult time by participating in activities they enjoy (e.g., listening to their favorite music, spending time with loved ones, etc.), others feel there is no remedy. Such feelin...
As parents, we share some really big milestones with our children.
There’s riding that bike for the first time, braving the first day of school, or marching off to sleep-away camp. And, of course, there’s the huge anxiety-provoking-and-incredibly-exciting moment of earning the first driver’s license.
Let’s face it: driving is different.
Driving notoriously provokes hand wringing, nail-biting, and rampant ...
Every year, millions of Americans struggle with opioid addiction.
In 2015, about 2.6 million people aged 12 or older suffered opioid addiction involving two common forms of the drug. Opioids include many pain relief prescriptions, plus dangerous street drugs like heroin.
In 2015, 276,000 U.S. youths aged 12-17 used pain relievers for recreation or other non-medical purposes. It’s possible to become addicted to opioid m...
The Epidemic of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
For nearly 25 years Sean Grover L.C.S.W. has worked with teenagers in therapy groups and asked them to identify any mood altering substances that they or their friends have tried. Year after year, the top two answers were always the same: marijuana and alcohol.
Recently, he asked teenagers in his groups the same question. What drugs or mood-altering substances have they or their friends tri...
From Childhood To Adulthood
For many, high school graduation day rightly marks a transition from childhood to adulthood. No longer acting like a child, this new adult is properly equipped to embrace life and move forward with excitement and determination. Unfortunately, too many graduates fail to make this shift and thus drag out the transition well into their twenties.
Not all of this is the graduate’s fault. Parents who don&rs...
10 guidelines for having fun with technology and minimizing the risks.
One of the questions most commonly asked by parents is, “What is the 'right' age for my child to begin texting and using social media?”
As with most aspects of child-rearing, there isn’t a simple one-age-fits-all guideline. It’s best for parents to know about how to prepare kids to use technology—at whatever age they de...
Adolescent and Anger Management Strategies
Anger is a natural and perfectly healthy emotion that we all experience from time to time. Feeling anger is just part of being human. Be that as it may, failure to act appropriately when experiencing anger is a serious issue that can progress into what behavioral experts refer to as, anger management disorder. With that being said, there is perhaps no other demographic who suffers m...