Teen Depression

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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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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Childhood Trauma and Substance Abuse

Childhood Trauma and Substance Abuse

Experiencing a traumatic situation impacts a child’s emotional and mental health. In some cases, a traumatic experience leads to post-traumatic stress disorder and contributes to substance abuse. Psych Central reports that roughly 49 percent of women and 12 percent of men who...

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The Apathy-Addiction Cycle, and How to Break Out

The Apathy-Addiction Cycle, and How to Break Out

Apathy, which is a lack of interest or enthusiasm, can fuel a cycle of addiction. Once caught in such a cycle, teens can spiral into more substance abuse and find themselves dealing with issues such as depression. Breaking out of the cycle usually requires help and support from...

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How Teen Depression Escalates to Drug Abuse

How Teen Depression Escalates to Drug Abuse

The teen years are an emotional roller coaster complicated by hormonal changes and the transition between childhood and becoming an adult. Though most emerge from the teen years without complication, approximately 1 in 5 teens will develop depression at some point between the ages of...

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Teen Depression and Drug Use

Feelings of sadness can occur at any time and at any age. According to Psych Central, roughly 10 to 15 percent of children and teenagers are depressed at any particular time. Although it is not uncommon for individuals at any age to develop mild to severe forms of depression, it is...

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Teen Alcohol and Drug Use – How it Impacts Suicide Rates

Teen Alcohol and Drug Use – How it Impacts Suicide Rates

A potent mix of hormonal changes, growing independence, and still-developing brain structures make the teenage years particularly difficult. Many adults look back on their teen years as a particularly challenging rite of passage, and today’s teens face even more pressures than their...

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