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Smartphone Use May Worsen Addictions

Posted on October 17, 2014 in adolescent addiction treatment

Smartphone Use May Worsen Addictions

Smartphones are here to stay. Most Americans have one and for good reason. With a smartphone you can connect to the Internet and social media sites, check email, text, and make a good, old-fashioned phone call. So much convenience in the palm of your hand is hard to resist. There are problems with smartphones, too. The constant connectivity can lead to obsessive use, compulsive behaviors, and even addiction. Smartphone use can make you sleep less and increase your stress. New research now tells us that obsessive use of smartphones can worsen other compulsive behaviors and addictions, and can keep you from effectively recovering from addictions.

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Treating Teen Depression: Early Intervention is Key

Posted on June 26, 2014 in Teen Depression

Treating Teen Depression: Early Intervention is Key

Often, the sooner someone speaks up about something that is bothering him or her, the better. Thoughts don’t have time to brew, become distorted, and get out of control. The same is true for fighting the power that a mental illness can have over the mind. The sooner the mental illness is diagnosed and treated, the better.

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Fighting Mental Illness Stigma in Children and Teens

Posted on June 11, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma in Children and Teens

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mental illness is defined as “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.” Because mental illness is a long-term condition, these difficulties can persist year after year. When a young person with mental illness feels stigmatized, the ongoing feelings of shame and guilt can be devastating.

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teenage girl going through depression

Posted on March 22, 2014 in Teen Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Proves Effective for Teen Depression

Every year in America 2 million teenagers become seriously depressed. Teen depression affects school life, home life and life itself since these teens face an increased risk for suicide. Teens who become severely depressed also face a higher chance of needing to combat depression all through life. Recent research suggests that interventions based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) could be used with young people considered high risk or double risk for depression to prevent the disorder.

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father talking to his son about depression

Posted on February 24, 2014 in Teen Depression

Helping Teen Boys Beat Depression

Teenage boys exude confidence, often presenting self-assurance that isn’t altogether real. Perhaps it’s part of learning how to be masculine, but for many this mask is an attempt to desperately hide a lack of confidence. The truth is that many teenage boys today feel unsure and depressed.

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Posted on February 18, 2014 in Teen Treatment

Youth Engagement Raises Positive Outcomes for Teens

Because education is about more than reading, writing and arithmetic, most schools and communities offer extra-curricular activities to complement learning and test-taking. This kind of activity is referred to as youth engagement, which has been shown to help teens avoid negative pitfalls while experiencing positive outcomes.

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