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...
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...