Teen Mental Health

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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Social Media: Is it Hurting or Helping Teens?

Social Media: Is it Hurting or Helping Teens?

According to statistics from the Pew Research Center, use of social media sites has increased by more than ten times in the past decade. Nearly two thirds of American adults use at least one social networking site, and a whopping 90 percent of young adults ages 18-29 use social media...

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Helpful Strategies for Managing Anxiety

Helpful Strategies for Managing Anxiety

Managing anxiety is important for those in recovery. Everyone can relate to the idea of feeling anxious from time to time. It’s that unpleasant, uneasy feeling we get when we’re especially concerned or worried about something. Those occasional bouts of anxiety are part of everyday...

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options

When an individual suffers from both a mental health disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the simultaneous occurrence of these disorders is known as a dual diagnosis. These conditions aggravate each other. This can severely diminish the effectiveness of treatment that...

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The Challenges and Benefits of Treatment for Mental Health

The Challenges and Benefits of Treatment for Mental Health

At first thought, asking for help seems like an easy thing to do. If you can’t do something on your own, the obvious next step is to ask someone else for assistance. How hard can it be, right? When it comes to mental health, asking for help can be incredibly difficult. However, the...

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ADHD and Substance Abuse

ADHD and Substance Abuse

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder among youth, affecting approximately eleven percent of youth in the U.S. The disorder is marked by impulsive behavior, inability to pay attention and excessive physical activity. ADHD and substance...

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