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Common teen phobias and how they can affect lives
  Common teen phobias and how they can affect lives
Posted inMental Health

The teen years are often a time of transition and adjustment for a young person. Because of this, adolescents may be more likely to experience certain phobias. A phobia is an ongoing fear of certain circumstances or a particular object. They will often do as much as humanly possible to avoid what causes the fear, […]

The in’s and out’s of borderline personality disorder
  The in’s and out’s of borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a condition that often leads to instability in a person’s life. The disorder can create difficulties in maintaining interpersonal relationships. It may also affect the person’s perception of self, specifically regarding self-esteem and control of emotions. These people may be prone to impulsive behavior in many different facets of life. Onset […]

Understanding teen depression and how you can help
  Understanding teen depression and how you can help

Many associate the teen years with bouts of depression at one time or another. However, differentiating between a passing mood and a more serious situation can be difficult. In reality, the exact reasons teenage depression occurs can vary. One might assume it is clearly due to the transitional stressors faced between childhood to adulthood, yet […]

Alcohol-soaked tampons: A real and dangerous trend among teenagers
  Alcohol-soaked tampons: A real and dangerous trend among teenagers

Many cases have surfaced in recent news of young teenage girls soaking tampons with alcohol and inserting them with the intent to get drunk without getting caught with alcohol on their breathe. Television episodes such as the E! hit series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” have portrayed this dangerous phenomenon known as “vodka tampons.” The trend […]

The dangers of using self-harm as a coping mechanism
  The dangers of using self-harm as a coping mechanism

Self-harm is one of the most misunderstood epidemics among teenagers today. Teenagers are often stereotyped as moody, emotional and overly dramatic, which only trivializes their pain. It is hard for some adults to understand the hardships facing teens today, but life’s stressors and pressure from both academics and a teenager’s social life can often be […]

Managing the transition from high school to college
  Managing the transition from high school to college

As graduation season approaches, it is important to be mindful of the mental health issues teenagers face during the period of transition from high school to college. Adolescents and teenagers today are exhibiting greater levels of stress than ever before. The pressure to succeed and meet the strict requirements for acceptance into colleges put unrealistic […]

How and why animal-assisted therapy aids mental illnesses
  How and why animal-assisted therapy aids mental illnesses

Many people agree that coming home after a stressful or difficult day and having a pet overly excited at the front door is the best feeling in the world. Animals not only bring a sense of companionship but also require responsibility, teach empathy, instill trust, bring happiness and give a sense of purpose to one’s […]

Dealing with PTSD: The effects of Columbine on the students who lived
  Dealing with PTSD: The effects of Columbine on the students who lived
Posted inMental Health

The month of April marked the 16 year anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School that occurred in the late morning of April 20, 1999. The teenage shooters killed 12 students and one teacher in cold blood before turning the guns on themselves. The event forever changed the lives of the students, teachers and […]

The effects of social media ‘sharenting’
  The effects of social media ‘sharenting’

At first it was parents posting clips or pictures of their child’s first steps. It graduated to posting about the child’s first day of school, their first potty session, funny tantrums, whatever health issues their parents deemed a social media network could help treat and so on. Perhaps one of the most disconcerting facets of […]

How energy drinks may lead to psychosis
  How energy drinks may lead to psychosis

Energy drinks are a phenomenon in some ways, springing seemingly out of nowhere in the 1990s, growing in popularity in the following decade to eventually rival soda and coffee as adolescents’ stimulant of choice. While we all know what that 2:00 p.m. groggy feeling is like, some people may be getting more than a boost […]

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