Tips for Promoting Positive Children’s Mental Health

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Every parent wants their child to be healthy, but physical health is often prioritized over children’s mental health–this is a mistake. Since the two are deeply linked, a child cannot truly be physically healthy without being mentally healthy as well. Many parents aren’t sure how to keep their children’s mental health up, though. As parents,…

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More Than a Phase: Symptoms of Depression in Teens

Let’s face it, being a teenager can be hard.  Your hormones are all out of balance and you’re growing rapidly, not a child but still not an adult yet.  Adolescence can be difficult and uncomfortable for many people, but where is the line drawn between typical teenage angst and depression.  Depression can become very serious…

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The Real Walking Dead: Sleep Deprivation in Teens

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When our children are small, sleep and sleep habits are at the forefront of our minds. When will our baby sleep through the night? Is our toddler going through sleep regression? We keep track of sleep disruptions and naps because we know how important sleep is to our children. But as our children get older,…

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How to Deal with Depression in Middle School

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Middle school places a lot of pressure on students to fit in. It can be difficult for pre-teens with depression to feel comfortable reaching out for support from their peers, if they are worried about being judged. Many middle schoolers don’t have the emotional vocabulary to understand why they’re feeling the way they’re feeling, let…

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Youth Sports Boost Later Mental Health

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services released the first National Youth Sports Strategy which hopes to increase access to participation in sports and investigate potential benefits for later mental and physical health outcomes. While teens may struggle to be physically active in their free time, teens who join organized sports teams are…

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Depression Affects Girls Twice as Much as Boys

Girls are nearly twice as likely as boys to be diagnosed with depression. Some psychologists have suggested that girls may just be more likely to express emotions with other people, which makes it easier to identify signs of depression. However, a recent study suggests that boys may just be better at managing levels of stress…

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