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It’s not your imagination: Many parents have noticed their teens struggling with the pandemic shutdown. There’s even new research to back this up.  The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital released a survey of over 900 parents, and 45% reported new or worsening mental health behaviors in their teens (ages 13 to 18).   Also, FAIR Health reports that insurance claims…

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Teens often encounter alcohol in middle and high school. They may come across it at parties, friends’ houses, or even your own liquor cabinet. While it’s easy to find and access, parents have more influence than they think when it comes to helping teens make choices about alcohol use.  The reasons why teens choose to drink can vary:  Peer pressure and social drinking  Curiosity  Boredom  Rebellion  Increased independence  Depression, overwhelming stress,…

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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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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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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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Recent months have brought unprecedented isolation to young adults in America and an onslaught of mental illness and health concerns. How can you tell if a young adult is working through normal changes associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantines or truly struggling with mental health? Take a closer look at the signs of mental illness in…

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