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Author: Randi Nelson

[caption id="attachment_3890" align="alignnone" width="569"] Photo Source: Flickr User- JoePenna[/caption] About one in five teenagers have struggled with depression at some point in their lives. Depression in teens is often misinterpreted as being moody or angsty, but it can grow into a debilitating disorder if left ignored. It’s important...

[caption id="attachment_3841" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo Source Flickr User- Nadja Tatar[/caption] The Risks of Teen Drinking As common knowledge, heavy drinking can result in a myriad of issues for anyone, 21 years of age and above. But, do you know the all of the dangers of teen drinking? Heavy...

[caption id="attachment_3881" align="alignright" width="346"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Karmine Marine[/caption] When your teen is first admitted into treatment, it can be difficult to see beyond the immediate crises. Parents often either feel as though things will never get better or expect change to happen instantaneously. The...

[caption id="attachment_3878" align="alignright" width="421"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Jason Devaun[/caption] Most people cannot imagine a day going by without technology. Even a short power outage or the Internet running slowly can put us in a bad mood; we’re surrounded by a virtual world vying for our...

[caption id="attachment_3903" align="alignright" width="491"] Photo Source: Flickr User-kphotographer[/caption] When dealing with a loved one with a chemical dependency, there is often too much focus on the drug itself. If only you could get your teen away from prescription pills or heroine, things would get better. We...

[caption id="attachment_3872" align="alignnone" width="585"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Melina Sampaio Manfrinatti[/caption] Though depression is the most common mental health issue, less than a third of those experiencing it do not seek treatment of depression. Due to stigma, severity or lack of understanding, young people do not ask...

As you are probably well aware, teenagers can sometimes get out of control. They act disrespectful and defiant; you never know what will thrust them toward a hormone-fueled tantrum. You’ve heard from friends or family the age-old saying, “it’s just a phase” or “he’s just...

[caption id="attachment_3865" align="alignright" width="360"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Ruffrootscreative.com[/caption] On Tuesday, March 24, Andreas Lubitz, a Germanwings co-pilot, was accused of crashing Flight 9525 into the French Alps, killing all 150 passengers on board. Though the events of Tuesday are catastrophically tragic, with revelations concerning Lubitz’s...

[caption id="attachment_3863" align="alignright" width="430"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Feggy Art[/caption] The stereotypical portrayal of people with mental health issues is someone who is violent, recluse or unpredictable. But the reality is that teen mental health has no stereotypes. The straight A student or the student barely passing,...

Because there is no definitive mental health test for any mental health diagnosis, it can often be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is going on. Especially with children who are not always able to effectively communicate their emotions or struggles, it is difficult to identify every...