social media and mental health

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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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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Siblings Increase Risk of Developing Mental Health Problems In Youth

Mental health problems in youth are more common than many people realize. As a parent or sibling of someone suffering with mental health problems, it can be difficult to watch them deal with the challenges their illness is accompanied with. For many families, there is a concern about whether mental health problems in youth can …

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Understanding OCD in Youth

Mental illness is extremely common within our society, but people often forget that mental illness is something that effects both adults and youth. Due to the stigma of mental illness, many people do not openly discuss or understand the variety of common mental illnesses individuals struggle with. This lack of acknowledgment—which leads to a lack …

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E-cigarettes: The Effects of Teen Vaping

The Rise of E-cigarettes and the Negative Effects of Teen Vaping When cigarettes were invented they were all the rage, everyone smoked frequently, and it was often uncommon to know someone who didn’t smoke. Smoking was a harmless social activity, and many people believed that cigarettes had added benefits—like weight loss and (ironically) throat protection …

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Research Suggests New Brain Area of Interest in Teen Depression 

How The Brain Manages Teen Depression When you think about the human brain, you would assume that everyone’s brain would have the same basic operating system that tells you how to do simple functions. Breathing, eating, walking, and sleeping are frequent things that we never consider being possible because of our brain. These actions have …

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Recent Genetic Research Links Stress in Teens to Reduced Lifespan

A Genetic Solution to Stress in Teens and Reduced Lifespan Throughout life we try to do everything we can to achieve a healthy and long lifespan. We try to exercise regularly, maintain a well-balanced diet, and build stable relationships, all so that we can be happy and healthy. But recent research suggests that certain elements …

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Six Steps to Overcoming Social Anxiety in Teens

Six Steps to Overcoming Social Anxiety Everyone can relate to feeling anxious before giving a presentation or participating in class. Social anxiety in teens is the third most common psychological disorder and a common problem in today’s society. Social anxiety in teens also accounts for thirteen percent of youth that meet diagnosable criteria for this disorder. …

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Social Wellness Month: Improving Your Teen's Health & Happiness

July is Social Wellness month and it’s time for your 11 to 17-year-old son or daughter to get happy and healthy! Have you been worried about your child’s social wellness? Are they withdrawn with social interactions, running with the wrong crowd or making poor social decisions? July is the perfect time to address these concerns …

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