April 27, 2018

TEEN SPECIALTIES

Addiction in Teens

Teen Substance Abuse: Catching it Early by Rick McGuckin

You notice that a few twenty dollar bills are missing from your purse and suspect your teen is stealing your money. As you check your their grade online, they are a huge disappointment. You ask, “Where are you going tonight?” Your teen rolls his eyes at you and says “I’m just going to the mall to hang out with my friends” You worry that some of those new friends he is making are getting together to smoke weed and drink beer… or worse.

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Anxiety in Teens

Today’s society is more prone to stress than any other generation before us. Not only are there challenges like moving to a new home, loss of loved ones, major life changes, but there are new levels of pressure to succeed. There are new pressures In school and new dangers stemming from social media. Fifth and sixth graders will have 4 or more hours of homework per night and have access to smart phones.

Anxiety is a normal part of being human. From time to time, we all feel a sense of uneasiness, nervousness, worry, fear, or dread of what’s about to happen or what might happen. When anxiety is experienced more often than not, it can cross over from just having regular nerves to an anxiety disorder.

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Depression in Teens

Help for Teen Depression: Not Recognizing these Symptoms Can Cause Harm

What does depression in your teenager look like? You might be surprised. Adults may feel and look sad, mope around and have low energy, but did you know that depression can look  different in teens than in adults. You probably won’t even recognize the signs and you can end up hurting your adolescent without even knowing it.

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