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Risky business: Calculate risks to reap rewards

October 6, 2015   0 Comments

Studies have shown that more teenagers are prone to risk taking because their brain is not fully developed until they reach their mid-20s. Although teenagers and adolescents are risk takers, taking risks isn’t necessarily bad. There are good risks and bad risks. People do not become successful without taking good risks and people do not
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Beyond the mask: Signs that reveal mental illness in teens

October 6, 2015   0 Comments

For a teenager, life can be overwhelming. Hormones are changing. Childhood is giving way to adulthood. It’s no wonder, then, that teenagers sometimes suffer from mood swings and sleep a little more — or a little less — than usual. Unfortunately, mental illnesses also pop up during those teen years. Some examples of mental illness
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Smart teens practice healthy risk-taking

October 6, 2015   0 Comments

When parents and authority figures imagine the risks taken by teenagers, they will typically picture the destructive and dangerous conduct youth are capable of. Although teens are plagued by a stigma of making ill-informed and impulsive decisions, there is a variety of healthy risks that many adolescents choose to pursue on a daily basis. In
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A play on words, exploring the emoji culture

September 25, 2015   0 Comments

These pictures may not be worth a thousand words, but emoticons or emojis are a popular trend for conveying messages. If anyone has received a reply he or she wasn’t expecting from a text or email, it’s evident intention does not translate well across the illuminated screens like handwritten letters or face-to-face dialogue. The archetype
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Preparation Pressure Part 3: Teenage dream vs. Parent’s goals

September 15, 2015   0 Comments

The pressure students feel from parents and school programs can ruin their educational experience and exhaust them. In many situations, students forgo their own passions for the school their parents deem the better choice. Parents may have viable reason and motivation for feeling a need to interfere with their child’s education. Yet, in attempting to
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6 therapeutic tools ease back-to-school jitters for students with mental illness

August 11, 2015   0 Comments

For adolescents with a mental health disorder, going back to school in the fall can be an anxiety-inducing experience. Thankfully, the Therapy Shoppe has come to the rescue. The Therapy Shoppe is an online store that provides parents, therapists, children and adolescents with hundreds of products specifically designed to foster comfort and concentration. The tools
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Boys, bears, bugs and battling depression: Wilderness therapy treats mental health disorders

July 14, 2015   0 Comments

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Whether for a child, teenager, adolescent or adult, it is hard to clear the mind and get away from the pollution, work stress, car horns and “noise of society.” A stimulation intensive world filled with triggers can easily set off underlying stressors and emotions. An individual who struggles with depression or anxiety may be more
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Dramatic personality changes in teenagers: What’s typical and what’s not?

July 14, 2015   0 Comments

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“Who are you and what have you done with my child?” is a common joke parents make when their children start exerting their individuality. To accomplish the healthy separation process of development, children test boundaries to become separate individuals. These changes are particularly evident during toddlerhood and again during adolescence, as any parent may attest.
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Helicopter versus free-range parenting

July 1, 2015   0 Comments

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The Huffington Post published an extensive compilation of blog posts and articles delineating the pros and cons of helicopter, versus free-range parenting. For any parent not in the know, helicopter parenting literally translates to hovering, which implies over-protecting. As the name illustrates, helicopter parents hover over their children. They keep them on short leashes —
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How to prevent teen dating violence

June 29, 2015   0 Comments

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Teens will obviously be more inexperienced when it comes to relationship matters. Of course, education about family planning will be important, but there are other pressing matters that deserve attention as well. For instance, teen dating violence and the dangers it presents. While it can be stereotypical to call teens emotional, they are nonetheless facing
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