understanding common mood disorders

Mood disorders affect people of all ages and can have a profoundly negative impact on a person’s quality of life. Mood disorders impact far more than emotions. They can impact sleeping and eating habits, the ability to do daily tasks, relationships with other people, and even become a threat to health and safety. According to…

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Alcohol use among teens is nothing new. Testing boundaries and pushing limits is a normal part of teen behavior but continual substance abuse for teens is not. Teenage substance abuse can have negative consequences including a lifelong battle with addiction.  For many teens, drinking goes beyond social behavior and is used to mask or suppress…

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Helping Your Teenager Cope with Depression

For anyone going through depression, especially a teen, it can feel lonely and suffocating. However, the truth is that teens going through depression are not alone. In fact, they are in good company. According to recent data, over 13 percent of teens in the United States between 13 and 24 have experienced a major depressive…

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In March, we celebrate both International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, to not only uphold the achievements of women but focus on the challenges faced by women. This month, we recognize the struggles caused by gender bias and inequality and work to take action against them. Unfortunately, these inequalities have become even more apparent…

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Last Updated: March 2021 Suicidal ideation is an all-encompassing term that means having thoughts of suicide. These thoughts can range from a simple passive thought to more detailed plans around the act. Ideation is not the same as a suicidal act or attempt, but it does have the potential to go from a thought to…

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Last Updated: March 2021 When someone feels depressed, their world slowly fades into darkness with chronic feelings of loneliness and worthlessness. It can be tough to watch someone you love, especially your child, deal with a major depressive episode. You know your teenager is loved beyond measure and that their life matters. So, how do…

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