New Research Findings about Brain Differences in ADHD

With advancements in brain imaging technology, researchers are learning more about the biological basis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We now know that ADHD is a biologically-based condition, and individuals with ADHD have differences in their brain wiring. Studies have demonstrated these brain differences in older children and teenagers with ADHD, but until recently researchers had not studied the brains of very young children. A recent study conducted by researchers at… Continue Reading

What Parents Can Do to Help Their Depressed Teen

If you suspect that your teen is struggling with symptoms of depression, there is often an urge to “fix” things. While you can’t make the depression go away or make your teen want to get better, there are some things that every parent can do. Be supportive: One of the most important things that parents can do is simply be there for their teen. Work on strengthening the relationship, listen… Continue Reading

New Research on Treatment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects individuals across the lifespan. There is an ever-expanding body of research working towards better understanding the disorder and evaluating potential treatments. In particular, researchers often strive to identify early intervention strategies to help young children and their families when the first signs of the disorder emerge. Yet, there are also many adults living with autism who can benefit from intervention and… Continue Reading

Coping With Tragedy

In the wake of deadly mass shootings, it is natural to experience a range of emotions after witnessing traumatic events. Whether you are struggling with emotions related to world events or within your personal life, it is important to find ways of coping in order to alleviate instead of exacerbate painful emotions. The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests the following tips: Talk about it. Talking with someone supportive can allow… Continue Reading

When Your Teen Says No to Therapy: How Parents Can Help

Psychotherapy may not always be an easy sell for your teenager.  It is often the case that you, the parents, are noticing some challenges that your teen is having and you are hoping to get them in to have someone to talk to.  This may be easier said than done.  If you are finding it difficult to convince your teen to come in, you are not alone.  Adolescence can be… Continue Reading

Expressive Writing To Free the Mind from Worry

Historically, writing has been a technique used by practitioners to help people cope and heal. Recent research by Hans Schroder has found that the technique called expressive writing is especially beneficial in freeing the mind from chronic worry. Expressive writing involves writing freely about your deepest thoughts and innermost feelings without concern that another will read what is written. Another common form of journaling involves chronologically organizing your day into… Continue Reading

Back to School: Combating Test Anxiety

Now that the semester is up and running, you may have begun to turn your sights towards your first set of college exams.  Even if you do not typically experience anxiety, it is natural to feel a certain level of stress prior to important exams.  If you notice yourself becoming more worried than usual in the face of exams, you are not alone. The American Test Anxiety Association estimated that… Continue Reading

New Research Shows Impact of Nighttime Cell Phone Use on Teenage Mental Health

Recent research provides support for what many parents already suspect: using cell phones before bed may harm sleep quality and mental health in teenagers.  As cell phones become increasingly ubiquitous among teenagers, many have wondered how frequent use impacts mood and self-esteem. In a recent longitudinal study, researchers surveyed more than 1,000 high school students in Australia. They assessed their night-time cell phone use, sleep quality, and mood over time…. Continue Reading

5 Tips on Transitioning from High School to College

While many high school students have painstakingly spent the last 4 years (and likely beyond) preparing for the academic rigor of college it appears that far less take into account the major emotional and social transition ahead.  A 2015 survey conducted online by Harris Poll found that a majority of U.S. first-year college students felt emotionally underprepared for college, with students of color reporting feeling overwhelmed to a greater degree… Continue Reading

Talking to Your Teen About Depression

If you suspect that your teen might be depressed, talk to them in a loving, non-judgmental way about how they are feeling. Let them know what specific signs of depression you have noticed and why you are worried.  In general, ask your teen to share what they are going through and be ready to really listen. Make it clear to them that you are willing to provide whatever support they… Continue Reading

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