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[caption id="attachment_3845" align="alignnone" width="401"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Marta Breiio[/caption] When teens become increasingly upset or have extreme mood swings, it is easy to dismiss these warning signs as typical teen behavior. Their hormones are askew, they are going through puberty, and they are overly concerned...

By eighth grade, 28 percent of kids will try alcohol, 15 percent will have smoked cigarettes and 16.5 percent will use marijuana. Substance use and abuse is on the rise among American teens. What’s even more worrisome is the potency of drugs is also increasing, making addictions that much more...

[caption id="attachment_3839" align="alignright" width="466"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Alice Carrier[/caption] Did you know that learning a few scales on the piano or a chord progression on the guitar could potentially help reduce anxiety in children? It’s true. Sure, we have heard the claims that listening to classical...

[caption id="attachment_3835" align="alignnone" width="485"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Victor Bezrukov[/caption] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to half of all people will develop a mental illness at some point during their lifetime. With the great demand for mental health facilities to treat...

[caption id="attachment_3833" align="alignright" width="447"] Photo Source: Flickr User Victor Bezrukov[/caption] When there is a traumatic event or accumulation of stressors, an adolescent might not have the ability to cope with their emotions and environment. This can result in intense feelings of depression and fear coupled with dangerous...

[caption id="attachment_3823" align="alignnone" width="425"] Photo Source: Flickr User Fox Valley Institute[/caption] The teenage years are a struggle for both parents and teens alike. You know some rebellion and emotional issues are normal for adolescents, but how do you know when to step in and seek help...

[caption id="attachment_3820" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Pabak Sarkar[/caption] With such extensive technological advances in the past few years, it is not surprising that the mental health industry is following suit. There are literally thousands of resources via phone, tablet or computer that allow teens...

[caption id="attachment_3812" align="alignright" width="570"] Photo Source: Flickr User- CollegeDegrees360[/caption] The source is age-old problems like what they should do after high school    Since 2007, the American Psychological Association (APA) has conducted a survey of different aspects of stress in America. This year’s analysis focused on teens, and...

[caption id="attachment_3805" align="alignleft" width="414"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Andrew Mason[/caption] Interesting article on depression screening. Research is starting to offer doctor's a way to objectively measure mental health. This help for adults came years after successful research on how to help teenagers through similar testing. Diagnosing clinical...