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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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Alternatives to Summer Boot Camps for Teens

Many parents who believe their child needs a reality check may believe their child needs a strict routine that teaches them discipline, accountability, and structure. Tough-love approaches are assumed to keep kids in line.  Summer boot camps for troubled teens became popular in the 1980’s that used evidence-based military-style interventions to instill these principles. However, …

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Why Choose Adventure Therapy on the West Coast?

Teens who struggle with mental illnesses that can include but are not limited to addiction, anxiety, depression, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder may need more help than you can give them at home. There are various therapeutic approaches that can be beneficial to teens who need to learn to cope with their struggles or develop healthy …

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