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

How to Tell if Your Teen is Depressed or Suicidal

It isn’t always easy to tell when a teen is struggling with depression or just normal teenage growing pains. Teenagers face many pressures (social, academic, family) and are often in the midst of figuring out who they are and where they fit in. When teens begin to struggle with clinical depression, it impacts every aspect of their lives, and goes well beyond “moodiness”. The good news: depression in teens is… Continue Reading

Identifying Early Signs of Depression in Teens

In many cases, the distinction between ordinary sadness and clinical depression is straightforward to discern. However, in teenagers, a certain amount of moodiness and irritability is seen as typical. Most teens feel stressed and annoyed at times. While this is certainly normal, sometimes when a teen talks about feeling stressed, it can suggest that something more may be going on. In a recent study, researchers found that teens at-risk for… Continue Reading

Study Shows that Yoga Reduces Depressive Symptoms

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues facing adults in the United States. The illness significantly impacts one’s quality of life and can be frustratingly difficult to treat. Psychotherapy and antidepressant medications are helpful for some, but new research suggests that alternative interventions can also help reduce symptoms and improve mood. Researchers at Boston University recently investigated whether yoga can reduce depressive symptoms, and how frequently yoga… Continue Reading

Tips to Getting Your Teen Ready for College

As recent high school graduates prepare this summer for their fall entry into college, newly published research sheds light on how students can succeed in higher education. In a National Science Foundation commissioned report titled, “Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies”, the co-authors identified the factors that can improve educational attainment. Across 49 studies, three competencies most frequently showed evidence of supporting persistence… Continue Reading

What is binge drinking?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking for women as consuming 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours, where as for men, it is defined as consuming 5 or more drinks in about 2 hours. Alternatively, binge drinking is defined as a pattern of consumption that brings a person’s blood alcohol level to 0.08 percent or above. Most people who binge drink are not alcohol… Continue Reading

Can Pets Help Children Feel Less Anxious?

The benefits of owning pets and spending time with animals are increasingly well-documented and established within psychology research. Pets have a range of beneficial effects on the mental health of their owners. Adults who own pets report experiencing more social interactions, reduced stress, and an overall improved quality of life.  For children, pets are often thought of as a positive influence, but the specific benefits are just beginning to be… Continue Reading

How Does Sleeping Impact Your Memory?

By now we know many reasons why it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. Sleeping helps promote mental and physical health and well-being in myriad ways, including improving mood regulation, attention, and energy level, to name a few. Now researchers have added another benefit to the list: helping you better remember things. Scientists have known for some time that sleep aids memory, based on studies done with animals. Up… Continue Reading

Autism and Disrupted Sleep

Sleep is an essential yet underrated aspect of human functioning. It is just as important as good nutrition, exercise, and staying hydrated. Sleep is a time of intense neurological activity-a crucial period of memory consolidation, brain and neurochemical cleansing, and cognitive maintenance. Sleep affects our mental health just as profoundly as it does our physical health. Sleep deprivation has been found to have a strong association with almost every mental… Continue Reading

Can Playing Interactive Games Have Positive Psychological Effects?

A few months ago you could hardly take a step outside without seeing people staring with intense concentration at their phones as they tried to catch a rare Pokémon. The popular Pokémon Go game was often referred to jokingly as a distraction and a cause of trespassing as people strained to “catch ‘em all.” Yet, several graduate students at the University of Wisconsin wondered whether there might be some positive… Continue Reading

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