Looking Out for Number One (Your Child, That Is): Ways to Help Build Self Esteem in Teens

Building self esteem in teens begins at home. Only too many parents find themselves in a situation where they believe “tough love” strengthens their child’s spirit. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. In many ways, a child is a reflection of the parent. While a child builds their personality, they are affected by outside factors: their peers, …

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Is your teen refusing school? Four reasons for school refusal in teens

It is not uncommon for teens to refuse to attend school at one time or another. In fact, 5 – 28% of children will exhibit some degree of school refusal behavior at one point in their lives. For some, it is a fleeting desire to miss the bus and play hooky with their friends. For …

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Putting pen to paper: Four ways to overcome teen academic struggles

Being a teenager is just stressful. Their bodies are changing in ways they don’t yet understand and there’s soccer practice, midterms, marching band and everything in between constantly filling their weekdays and nights. For teens with anxiety, learning disabilities, mental disorders or emotional struggles, this time can be all the more stressful, eventually taking a …

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Five Ways to Help Your Struggling Teen

As any teenager can tell you, growing up isn’t easy. However, sometimes normal teenage problems swing out of control – whether a result of an underlying mental health issue, peer pressure, or some other factor – and become something that needs to be addressed. While raising a struggling teen may be difficult at times, there …

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Jekyll and… some more Jekyll : Bipolar Disorder in Teens

One of the most common misconceptions about bipolar disorder in teens is that it can instantaneously switch their personality from manic to depressive. The reality is, while the moods can reach extreme highs and lows, it would be more accurate to describe them as general phases guided by an overarching theme of depression or mania. …

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Eating Disorder? More like Disordered Eating

A fully-blown eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, often has clear-cut signs. But what happens when there are issues that do not quite qualify? Enter “disordered eating”. While many symptoms of disordered eating match habits seen with eating disorders, disordered eating is typically more mild and encompasses a wider range of potential eating and …

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Therapeutic Recreation: Getting Better While Having Fun

Too often, therapy gets a bad name. Be it out-to-get-you psychologists that bill thirty minutes as an hour or prison-like asylums with evil nurses. That mentality is desperately outdated. Today, therapy is a progressive field of medicine that takes many forms, with therapeutic recreation being one of them. As defined by the American Therapeutic Recreation …

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Emotional Turmoil and Destructive Relationships: Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Does your teen act unstable and impulsive? Are they constantly acting out to get the attention of those around them? If so, they may be suffering from borderline personality disorder. Being a teen is rough and emotionally tumultuous as it is. When you throw in a mental issue like borderline personality disorder, life can seem …

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