The Repercussions of Increased Media Coverage of Societal Violence


The amount of societal violence has greatly increased and so has the media coverage of violence. From social media to news outlets, videos of violent acts from around the world are easily available to be watched. As a consequence, adolescents […]

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The Effects of Desensitization of Violence on Adolescents


Increased levels of violence in the media, video games, and real life are affecting youth. While every individual has a unique reaction to being exposed to violence, desensitization is a common coping mechanism. While social media and other technology can […]

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The Importance of Catching Kids Doing Good Things


Many teens are accustomed to negative attention, which is generally associated with behavioral issues. Youth who struggle with addiction or mental health disorders or those in addiction recovery are even more likely to receive negative attention for issues that occur. […]

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When Adolescents Need More Help for Eating Disorders


When thinking of the current status of adolescent eating disorders, one might wish they had the advice given over two thousand years ago. The Buddha is quoted, “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall […]

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The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius says, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” This concept can certainly be applied to a significant number of adolescents who have begun to exhibit signs of disordered eating. The 21st-century social media boom […]

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Dismantling the Societal Shame Around Food and Body Image


The American playwright Eve Ensler, most famous for her play The Vagina Monologues, once advised, “Stop trying to fix your body. It was never broken.” This is the type of positive message that teens should be hearing regarding their body […]

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Can I Give My Teen Both Structure and Independence?


The famous English raconteur Quentin Crisp once quipped, “The young always have the same problem—how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.” One of the biggest […]

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Creating Interest in Social Skills Where There Is Only Apathy


Some teens consider themselves anti-social or “loners” and seem to have little to no interest in social interaction. Many accept this as normal, but increasingly, apathy is a growing concern among teens who are diagnosed with mood disorders or other […]

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The Pros and Cons of Telehealth for Adolescents


Prior to COVID-19, the use of telehealth was not a common practice. However, with the onset of a global pandemic, the mental and behavioral health community was forced to use telehealth as a primary form of service. Now that restrictions […]

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Staying Connected With Social Media


Social media is not just for adolescents; mental health care providers are finding many uses to stay connected with clients as well. Whether it is staying in touch with past clients or groups, posting inspirational messages, or even hosting alumni […]

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