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The Positive Effects of Exercise on Your Mental Health

The Positive Effects of Exercise on Your Mental Health

By George Livengood – Program Director, Canon House Do you remember moping around the house as a kid and mom saying, “Go outside and play!”? Mom was onto something.  There are numerous studies that indicate exercise is helpful in reducing depression.  There is no one identifiable...

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Why do creative therapies for teens work?

Why do creative therapies for teens work?

By Jesaca Lepper, MFT  – Ventura PHP/IOP Creative therapies are very important and valuable for adolescent treatment therapy. Adolescents often benefit from different treatment modalities that do not only focus on cognitive interventions and strictly “talk therapy.” Adolescent...

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The Top 6 Biggest Mental Health Myths You Need To Know

The Top 6 Biggest Mental Health Myths You Need To Know

By Alyse Rose, MSW, Assistant Program Director, Woodland Hills Millions of Americans are affected by mental illnesses, and although we have made strides in increasing awareness of mental illness, stigmas and stereotypes continue to prevent many from seeking the services they need. It...

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How to Talk to your Teen About Mental Health

How to Talk to your Teen About Mental Health

By Parviz Nafari, MFT, Woodland Hills PHP/IOP As children grow and go through a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional changes, it can become more and more difficult to distinguish between normal teenage “moodiness” and a legitimate mental health concern. Teens are often not...

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10 Ways to Cope with Stress in High School

By Ani Thomson, MFTi, Woodland Hills, PHP/IOP It’s normal for teens to experience symptoms of anxiety, especially when it comes to school. There is usually pressure to succeed, to get good grades, and to fit in with their peers. All of these pressures can lead to an internal worry that...

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How to Get Through to Your Teen About Addiction

How to Get Through to Your Teen About Addiction

Most parents feel like their words fall on deaf ears sometimes, but teenagers really will internalize a message if it’s presented often and clearly. This is particularly true when it comes to talking to your teens about drugs, drug abuse and addiction. Research shows that the...

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Teen Smoking: What Parents Need to Know

Teen Smoking: What Parents Need to Know

Did you know that nearly 25% of high school students have used some type of tobacco product in the last month? Or that 1 out of every 3 of those teens will die of a smoke-related disease? That means approximately 1 out of every 13 of today’s teens will die prematurely. For what? To...

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Adolescents: Being a Parent, Coach and Guide

Adolescents: Being a Parent, Coach and Guide

Every day millions of parents send their children out into the world, from preschool to high school and beyond, and it can be a worrisome time, but no matter what a child encounters, there are always ways for a parent to be there to help, coach, and guide them on the right path or if...

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Multidimensional Family Therapy For Teens: Why It Works

Multidimensional Family Therapy For Teens: Why It Works

Does the adolescent brain function differently than that of an adult? Studies show that teens are more likely to take risks and that makes them susceptible to drug abuse and addiction. According to the University of Utah, the gray matter starts to subside around the age of 12, so by...

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