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

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