depression and anxiety in troubled teens

Overlap Between Depression and Anxiety in Troubled Teens

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health struggles that teens experience. There may be some overlap in symptoms, but depression and anxiety in troubled teens are different conditions that commonly occur together. More than 40% of teens who struggle with one disorder struggle with the other. The University of British Columbia offers a …

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Your Teen Is Not Lazy: Depression Affects Physical Activity

When your teen seems to be spending more time in bed or sitting around the house, it can be frustrating that they turn down your suggestions to go outside or get moving. Physical activity has been consistently shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and wellbeing. It is often recommended …

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Benefits of Wilderness Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

As temperatures drop and daylight hours shorten in the winter, many people’s moods and energy level tend to be lower as well. While researchers are unsure of what exactly causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), some theories suggest it is light affecting the hormone called melatonin. Seasonal affective disorder impacts individuals differently- some experience more mild …

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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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The Consequences of Normalizing Teenage Moodiness: How to Recognize When Your Teenager May Need Inpatient Treatment for Depression

When psychologist Stanley Hall first started thinking about adolescence as a phase of development in 1904, he concluded that adolescence was a universal time of storm and stress and that teenage angst was a rite of passage, however recent research suggests that this is a myth and reflective of the social climate. Clinical depression is …

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New Machine Could Aid in Identifying Depression Diagnosis

A depression diagnosis isn’t always easy to recognize, especially in adolescents. The teenage years are swirling with hormones, drama, assignments, college applications, socializing, and more–all those things together can create a perfect storm of teen angst. But what about when it’s more than teen angst? That’s when things get more complicated. Many parents struggle to …

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The Relationship Between Mood Swings in Teens & Depression

The teenage years are some of the most confusing and distressing years of our lives—anyone who has gone through it knows this. During adolescence, we shape ourselves and form values that will stay with us through the rest of our lives; this process can be pretty intense. Every minor drama can feel like the apocalypse …

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Treatment for Struggling Teens: Mental Health Issues Not Uncommon

As a program that offers treatment for struggling teens, we know that many, many individuals deal with these issues—but a lot of people don’t know this simple fact. Mental illness is looked at as something rare and out of place, but it’s not. It’s incredibly likely you know at least a few people who have …

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