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  • Teen depression linked to lack of sleep
    Teen depression linked to lack of sleep
    Teens that sleep less than eight hours each night are primed for depression. Sleep deprivation causes negative thinking and impatience. Daytime sleepiness makes it difficult to concentrate, leading to poor grades. The strain sleep deprivation puts...
  • Future may be uncertain due to snowplow parents
    Future may be uncertain due to snowplow parents
    While snowplow parents are certainly wreaking havoc in the lives of their maturing children, probably the worst thing is that the more interference the parents generate, the less the child believes in his or her own worth. Failure to believe in...
  • Teaching your teen self-love
    Teaching your teen self-love
    It is not uncommon to experience a challenging adolescence. However, your teen needs to not shut themselves off from the world because of this. Through acknowledging their feelings of loss and disappointment, they can begin to move beyond them. It...
  • Teens who go through early puberty have a higher risk of depression
    Teens who go through early puberty have a higher risk of depression
    Teenage boys and girls who mature early are at a greater risk of adverse outcomes such as depression, says a new study by the University of Illinois. The study was announced on Nov. 19, 2014 and was published online by the journal Development and...
  • Nature-Deficit Disorder
    Preventing "Nature Deficiency Disorder" in teens
    Imagine if instead of writing a prescription for antidepressants, parents were advised by their kid's doctor to have them spend more time in nature.I recently visited a Wilderness Therapy Program on the big island of Hawaii for teenagers. What...
  • HPN neurofeedback
    High performance neurofeedback for teens
    High Performance Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that aids the brain to enhance performance and improve flexibility. This FDA approved EEG system first monitors the client's brainwaves, and then sends a tiny, imperceptible signal to the...
  • Teenage girls
    Copycat suicides among teens linked to news coverage
    Sensational media coverage of teen suicides may be a contributing factor in the occurrence of teenage cluster suicides. A new study published in the May 2 online The Lancet Psychiatry journal suggests that news reports that describe teen suicides...
  • Argument
    Harsh verbal discipline can make teens’ behavior worse
    A new study published in the Sept. 3 online edition of Child Development suggests that parents who discipline their teenagers by screaming at them, cursing them or calling them hurtful names may be promoting rather than hindering bad behavior. ...
  • Paris Jackson
    Paris Jackson caught in a deadly web and what we can learn
    I wrote a piece a while back on parental substance abuse, and the fallout this has on their kids. Given the great number of celebrities that headline the news about their struggles with addiction, there is rarely a mention of the ensuing damage...
  • Teen suicide: A permanent solution to a temporary situation
    Teen suicide: A permanent solution to a temporary situation
    You’re sitting at your home with your children when one of them gets a text from a friend. “Mom, John Doe killed himself last night.” You look up at your child and think how impossible that is. You remember seeing this boy the...
  • Teen depression needs immediate intervention
    Teen depression needs immediate intervention
    Sometimes a situation occurs that takes a parent by complete surprise. Unfortunately, that surprise isn’t always a good thing especially when it comes to dealing with teenagers. Just recently, my fifteen-year-old son came to me and told me...
  • Teen Depression
    Depression and your teenager: Be an educated parent, get help early
    School is almost out for the year, the routine of seeing friends and school activities will be coming to an end shortly.Adolescence can be a very turbulent and difficult time, even for the most well-adjusted child. Depression strikes teenagers and...
  • Teen Depression
    "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!"
    One of the qualities successful teen mentors need to have is the ability to know your kids well. A huge factor of that involves knowing their body language, facial expressions and tone of voice. Teenagers who need adult mentors are used to the...
  • Mitch "the rock" Richmond
    NBA legend encourages kids to ‘rock life’ and stay strong in the network
    Last night at the LowBrau pub in Sacramento, a crowd of Sacramentans gathered to welcome NBA legend Mitch Richmond in the launch of a campaign called “Rock Life!” to support youth today who are experiencing the pressures of a cyber...
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder often begins in teens
    Seasonal Affective Disorder often begins in teens
    Changes in mood are fairly typical for teens but when teens experience depression during the winter months, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may be the cause. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), SAD often begins during the teen...
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