Young Adults

11 Self-Care Tips for Teens and Young Adults

December 11, 2019

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Stress.  

Teens and young adults today are more stressed, anxious, depressed and lonely than ever – at least in the United States. At first glance, it’s hard to wrap your head around this fact.  

No one really knows the root cause, but it seems to be a perfect storm of several factors.

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Case of Suffering, Drama and Hope

October 30, 2019

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There’s an understandable tendency to portray Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in films. Silver Linings Playbook, Fatal Attraction, and Girl Interrupted are just a few. 

It makes sense.

Why Are Teens So Lonely and What Can They Do to Combat Loneliness?

It seems the opposite of what most folks would think, but more and more surveys are finding that teenagers and young adults today may be lonelier than any other age group – even older adults. If young people are in high school or college, around friends, playing sports, or at home with family, it just doesn’t seem to make sense.

Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness?

“He is playing games all the time. Every chance he gets! From the time he gets home until bedtime, he’s in his room on that computer. And spends almost no time with the family. Is he addicted? I’m really worried.”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this or some variation of this complaint from parents.

Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground

April 26, 2019

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We are now in what I believe is the 19th annual “Screen-Free Week” in the United States and abroad. This is a much publicized and highly laudable movement that asks us to take a week—an entire week—to get our children to unplug whatever they happen to own with a screen.

What is Bulimia?

February 26, 2019

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For more information about eating disorders and ways you can help make a difference for a young person in your life, or for yourself, please visit NEDA the National Eating Disorder Association website.

What is Anorexia?

February 26, 2019

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For more information about eating disorders and ways you can help make a difference for a young person in your life, or for yourself, please visit NEDA the National Eating Disorder Association website. #NEDAwareness

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Marsha was never satisfied with her body during middle school.

DMDD Versus Bipolar Disorder

November 15, 2018

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We’ve written about bipolar disorder before.

We’ve also written about the controversy surrounding the diagnosis.  Until about 25 years ago, most clinicians felt that bipolar disorder in children and adolescents was extremely rare.

Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step?

November 12, 2018

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Once you have discovered your teen is using pot and confronted the teenager about it, what’s your recommended next step? – Lori W., Facebook

It’s not unusual to find out one way or another that your teenager is using a substance. The most common ones are alcohol or marijuana.

Potential Harms of Hazing Initiations

October 16, 2018

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Hazing isn’t something on the minds of most parents as they send their kids off to college, hoping they’ll find satisfying social experiences.