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The toll of perfectionism

March 29, 2016   0 Comments

Brilliant athlete, star student and popular, Madison Holleran’s life looked picture perfect. Yet on the eve of Jan 17th, Madison leaped off the ninth level of a parking garage in downtown Philadelphia. She was 19 years old. Holleran was just one of six Penn students to commit suicide in a 13-month stretch. However, the school
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Options for teens with treatment-resistant depression

March 28, 2016   0 Comments

Major depression affects 10 to 15 percent of the population. Despite advances in the understanding and treatment of depression, only 60 to 70 percent of patients with depression respond to antidepressant therapy. Yet, hope is not lost for such individuals. It takes time to find the best-suited treatment. “About 40 percent of adolescents with depression
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Mixed messages for MADD

March 21, 2016   0 Comments

Mixed anxiety depressive disorder (MADD) occurs with alarming frequency in young people, yet the American Association of Anxiety Disorders does not list the disorder on its website. This exclusion and omissions by other prominent mental health resources may have to do with the mental health industry having trouble reconciling anxiety and depression under one diagnosis.
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Dialectical behavioral therapy: An effective tool in treating self-harm

March 17, 2016   0 Comments

Protect your kids. It’s the fundamental duty of any parent, one that’s practically ingrained from a child’s birth. Look both ways before crossing a street, don’t forget your jacket when its cold out, be careful around matches, always wear your seatbelt: These are among the lessons of childhood we all learned from our parents. But
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Students drink more when studying abroad

March 14, 2016   0 Comments

There are few adventures greater for students than studying abroad. Apart from the obvious fun of traveling, students who immerse themselves in a new culture learn new languages, new skills and new ways to solve problems and challenges. Studying abroad has real benefits, too – a recent University of Georgia study found that students who
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Cognitive behavioral therapy: Problem-solving psychotherapy

March 11, 2016   0 Comments

“Psychotherapy.” It’s certainly not the friendliest-sounding word.  Thanks to slang and the movies, the first half of the word is more or less an epithet. In reality, “psycho” comes from the Greek word “psykho,” which means “mental,” leaving us with “mental therapy.” That’s exactly what psychotherapy is. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), says
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How to help children manage stress

March 9, 2016   0 Comments

Stress is a necessary part of life. People have a special nervous system designed to manage stress. The stress response keeps us alive while under threat. During the stress or “fight or flight” response, the sympathetic nervous system instantly puts all body systems into emergency mode. Pupils instantly constrict to improve eyesight. Substances like adrenaline
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Early childhood stress affects children’s brain development

March 8, 2016   0 Comments

The first few years of a child’s life are the utmost important, many professionals would argue. During these early years, their brain is continuing to grow and mold around certain circumstances. For example, it is widely known that learning a second language is best when taught at an early age. Children absorb information, good or
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Adolescent marijuana use greatly increases the chance of mental illness

March 8, 2016   0 Comments

According to Harvard Medical School, adolescents who regularly smoke marijuana are twice as likely to develop psychosis or schizophrenia as adolescents who do not light up. Young people who regularly use drugs place themselves at greater risk for developing not just psychosis but a variety of later-life mental health problems. Early marijuana use and mental
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The power of self-affirmations to change behavior

March 7, 2016   0 Comments

Our personal identities are under constant threat, not from identity thieves but from the people we interact with every day. Humans have a constant need to feel as though they are good, moral and acceptable to others. Their self-critical nature can threaten their self-identities as much as other people can. Any perceived threat to personal
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...

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