Month: April 2015

addressing a teen who is lying about substance abuse

Addressing a teen who is lying about substance abuse

Teens receive many different messages about substance abuse from a young age and parents will often make clear how they feel about such matters. Adolescents are of course subjected to many other influences as well including media influence and peer pressure. Though a parent may discourage their teens from using or abusing drugs and alcohol, …

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what to look for and what can help

Social anxiety in teens: what to look for and what can help

During the adolescent years, many will struggle with adapting socially which is normal. These years are a time of transition, during which a child will need to learn the necessary social skills for adulthood. Yet when is a teen merely going through a natural social adjustment and when is it more serious? A social anxiety …

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M.I.N.D. over matter: New diet reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Though there are many different methods of safeguarding oneself against mental illness, it is important not to overlook the fundamental necessity of exercise and a healthy diet. The sooner one starts practicing such habits, the greater the likelihood of improved health later in life. One example of this is a new diet that has demonstrated …

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benefits of boarding school for students with adhd

The benefits of boarding school for students with ADHD

One of the more common developmental disorders in both young children and teens is attention deficit hyperactive disorder, or ADHD. Parents may notice a number of related symptoms in children, such as a shortened attention span that prevents completion of a number of different activities. Perhaps assigned chores are not completed in the home or …

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understanding teen odd and learning about treatment options

Understanding teen ODD and learning about treatment options

One of the more common disorders that may be treated at a boarding academy is oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). This occurs in children and teens who display negative and antisocial behavior. Those with ODD may also display hostility and problems with authority figures. Youth with ODD may be disobedient, perhaps for spiteful reasons. There will …

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Alternative forms of care can prevent burnout for the mental health professional

As mental health professionals who engage and work with the teenage population, self-care should be a priority. A common concern among professionals in the mental health field is the issue of staff burnout, which can be defined in the following ways: Emotional exhaustion, or the state of being overextended, fatigued, or depleted Reduced sense of …

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Adolescent substance abuse treatment best practices for maintaining sobriety

Substance use has become an epidemic among teenagers. American adolescents and young adults, ages 12 to 29, need treatment for drug and alcohol problems, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A prompt and effective intervention is particularly crucial in this special population. In fact, it’s urgent to do so as …

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Book Spotlight: ‘You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Think Big’ by renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson, M.D., empowers adolescents

Being a teenager in today’s world is not easy. Trying to fit in, enduring peer pressure while trying to discover yourself can be overwhelming. Society places external pressure on teenagers to perform well in school so they can attend a good college and land a successful career. The media pressures teenagers to “fit in” and …

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