Get Your Teen Moving for Better Mental Health

Physical activity may be the medicine your teen needs. Research shows physical activity can be as effective as antidepressants. If your teen is struggling with mental health issues or not, it is equally important to encourage them to engage in physical activity.   The Benefits Encouraging your teen to find a physical activity that they enjoy …

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Social Isolation in Teens: The Effects and How to Take Action

Is your teen showing signs of social isolation? Adolescents will often face many social challenges and insecurities during their teen years. When teens have trouble dealing with these things, they may experience the negative effects of social isolation. Social isolation is when one feels like an outcast to society and perhaps they have lost sight …

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How Facial Expressions Are Deeply Connected to Communication Skills

Nonverbal communication makes up more than half of communication. Understanding how to read nonverbal communication–body language and facial expressions–can help with building essential communication skills. Improving your own nonverbal communication, such as keeping your body language open (no crossed arms), help you communicate with others. A recent study looked into just how much we use …

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New Research Shows Bullying in Teens Causes Issues Later in Life

Bullying in teens is more alive than ever before. The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 1 in 4 students, grades 6-12, have experienced bullying. Researchers believe this may be because bullying has more platforms now–it’s no longer just in person, but online. So, bullying is running rampant, but what …

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Challenges with Millennial Teen: Why Are Teens Taking Longer to Grow Up?

Believe it or not, teens have changed drastically over the years. There are new challenges with millennial teen boys and girls that were never an issue before. New studies are showing that the rate of pregnancy and alcohol use have plummeted (past issues of past generations), along with how many are working part-time jobs. Surveys …

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Gaming Addiction in Teens: Certain Games Are Worse for You

In our modern day world, technology makes it possible to speak face-to-face with people on different continents, to access more information than all the world’s physical libraries combined contain, and to interact with virtual worlds in ways we never would’ve thought possible just 20 years ago. But as we continue to integrate technology into our …

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Eyes Wide Open: Teen Sleep Deprivation and Loneliness Are Linked

Teen sleep deprivation is an epidemic across the country. Nearly 9 out of 10 teenagers get well below the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Not only is sleep deprivation a threat academically, it’s also a threat to the overall wellness of an adolescent. Not getting enough sleep can lead to an increased risk …

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Learning By Doing: Wilderness Therapy for Defiant Teens

Have you heard of the “Maker Movement”? It’s a pretty amazing and inspiring learning movement that strives to teach children in a drastically different way than is currently practiced: trial and error. They take problems and they solve them through making mistake after mistake after mistake–until they eventually arrive at the answer. In wilderness therapy …

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Instagram May Reveal Teen Depression: How?

According to a recent article by NPR, studies have shown that elements of social media platforms including Instagram may be capable of revealing certain individuals who are suffering from teen depression. According to a study, a computer algorithm might be able to figure out health information by studying large quantities of social media data. The …

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