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Author: Jeff Nalin

5 Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Suicide

The teen years are a tumultuous time when mental health conditions often make their first appearance. Unfortunately, issues such as depression that go on too long can place teenagers at greater risk for committing suicide. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. As if this statistic isn’t upsetting enough, a parent can only imagine how many children might have struggled with suicidal thoughts yet didn’t act on them. Since suicide affects everyone in the community, it is up to you as a...

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9 Things to Avoid When Speaking to Someone with Depression

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported in 2016 that one in 20 Americans 12 years of age and older suffer from depression. With as prevalent as this disease is in society today, one would assume that most people would know how to behave toward another individual who suffers from depression. In fact, you may not know how to speak with someone with this illness or behave in a manner that does not aggravate his or her depression symptoms. You can help a depressed loved one by avoiding these nine behaviors when you speak with or visit this individual. 1....

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Why Adolescence Makes Teens Vulnerable to Depression

Search the Internet for “teen issues” and you’re likely to find articles on teen mental health. It seems there is a relationship between adolescence and the possibility of developing a mental illness. At first glance, the relationship between adolescence and mental illness might seem odd, especially if your own teen years were enjoyable. However, this article will take a deeper look and explore why teens can be at risk for developing a mental illness, specifically depression. The Many Changes Teens Go Through One primary reason why teens become vulnerable to depression is because of the physical, emotional, social, and psychological changes they are experiencing. Teens are making their way to adulthood via their physical growth, new interests, desire to explore, and yearning to discover who they are. However, these changes also come with growing pains, rejection by peers, feeling inadequate, and moody. For instance, here are some additional reasons teens may be at risk for emotional instability and depression during adolescence: Teens may have increased tendency for risk-taking. Teens may have a strong desire to “leave the nest” and to explore the world around them. They might want to spend less time with the family and more time with friends. At the same time, distancing from family might also lead to the family distancing away from them too. In turn, this can create feelings of rejection and shame. However,...

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Teen Mental Illness Can Lead to Substance Use and Addiction

It’s not uncommon for teens with disorders such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder to turn to substances to feel better. For instance, if a teen is experiencing symptoms of depression with low energy, inability to concentrate, feeling the need to isolate, and generally feeling down, they may rely upon alcohol or drugs to help themselves feel better. Some teens might feel pressure from their parents to do well in school, for instance, but the lack of concentration and low energy may get in the way of succeeding academically, and as a result, they may drink or use drugs...

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Protect Your Teen from the Negative Effects of Social Media on Their Mental Health

Parents often worry about the dangers of too much technology on their young child’s developing mind. Yet, teenagers are just as at risk as preschoolers for falling prey to the risks that are associated with too much screen time. Today, teenagers are spending more time on social media, and the majority of kids in this age range have private accounts of which their parents may not be aware. While going online can be a good thing when a teen uses it as a positive resource for research and support, you should be aware as a parent of these negative...

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