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Teaching Discipline at Boot Camps for Troubled Teens

Teens struggling with depression, learning differences, defiance, and risky behaviors, like substance experimentation, may benefit from more daily structure. However, there is a difference between helping them develop routines that teach them accountability and using discipline to take away unstructured time. Many parents believe tough-love strategies will give their child a reality check, however, it …

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Experiential-Based Education Program Offered in Wilderness Therapy

One of the biggest challenges teens face in school is feeling that the material they learn is applicable to their personal lives and the world around them. While traditional classrooms focus on absorbing new material, wilderness therapy offers opportunities for experiential education. The outdoors provide a unique and hands-on learning environment where students can apply …

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Wilderness Therapy Teaches Teens Core Values

Many wilderness therapy programs are set up like boot camps, where the emphasis is on outdoor survival skills and discipline. While these programs help teens get out of their comfort zone and connect with the natural environment, they focus on compliance rather than deep self-discovery. blueFire Wilderness Therapy stands out from other programs for their …

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Adventure Therapy for Impulsive Teens

Physical activity releases similar amounts of dopamine and endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters, as engaging in risky behaviors, like substance use, reckless driving, and theft. Impulsive teens tend to be thrill seekers and sensation seekers and look for intense emotional experiences to add a sense of adventure to their lives. When they build a tolerance for the …

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When Teens Aren’t Up to Talk: Helping An Antisocial Teenager

Teens who exhibit problematic social behaviors show reduced brain activity and weaker connectivity between the brain regions implicated in emotion regulation. Parenting an antisocial teenager can be tough sometimes. If you have never dealt with it yourself, it can be difficult to understand their struggles. Antisocial behavior may begin during childhood and if maintained during …

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Social Media and Mental Health: The Strive for Likes on Social Media

What if people could not like our posts on social media? Would we still post as much as we do now? Instagram recently proposed that hiding the ability to see other people’s likes on social might be better for users’ mental health. Technology isn’t addictive because we crave the information it offers, but rather because …

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Can Artificial Intelligence Help with Preventing Teen Depression?

Around one in five children suffer from anxiety and depression, but they are often not diagnosed until they are teenagers or even adults. It is hard to recognize signs of depression and anxiety in kids who don’t have the vocabulary or emotional intelligence to describe how they’re feeling. Preventing teen depression involves recognizing a combination …

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