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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just…

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What Methods Can Help Manage ADHD-Related Time Blindness?

Experts offer tips for adults and children with time management challenges, which can be chronic. By Jennifer Lea Reynolds, Contributor | July 21, 2017, at 10:17 a.m. If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and frequently struggle with estimating how long something may take or find time management in general a challenge, it’s possible that…

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The Strategies That Science Actually Shows Are Effective For Depression

Depression is now the leading cause of disability across the globe. That’s a huge statistic in itself—it means that more people are disabled because of depression than by any other physical or mental health issue out there. It’s worth taking a minute to wrap your brain around that—in part because it means you’re not alone, and…

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10 Tips To Help Dads and Daughters Stay Close

Navigating the changes that come with adolescence Rae Jacobson Adolescence can be a difficult time for fathers and daughters. As little girls grow into young women, it can be hard for dads to figure where, and how, they fit in. “As parents, our roles change over time,” says Dr. Jerry Bubrick, director of the Anxiety…

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The New Way To Prevent Anxiety in Kids

About 40 million American adults have an anxiety disorder each year. Rates are rising among young people and the use of anti-anxiety drugs is soaring. What can be done to reverse this mental health crisis? Part of the answer soon may be to start putting more at-risk preschoolers—and their parents—in therapy. A growing body of…

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More than a third of teenage girls experience depression, new study says

  By Ariana Eunjung Cha May 31   (iStockphoto) Depression is usually considered an issue parents have to watch out for starting in the turbulent teenage years. The CW channel, full of characters with existential angst about school, friends and young love, tells us so, as do the countless parenting books about the adolescent years in every guidance counselor’s office. But…

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Teenagers’ sleep quality and mental health at risk over late-night mobile phone use

Researchers advise ‘physical boundaries’ over devices in bedrooms after study finds poor sleep associated with phone use linked to depressed moods Teenagers who reported ‘constantly texting into the night’ said the problem had escalated a year later. Photograph: ljubaphoto/Getty Images Teenagers’ late-night mobile phone use is harming their sleep and potentially their mental health, say…

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How to Talk to Kids About the Ariana Grande Concert Attack

5/23/2017 by Gil Kaufman Christopher Furlong/Getty Images It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: a Twitter alert that there’s been a violent attack at the venue where your child is attending a concert. That horror came to life for thousands of English moms and dads on Monday night when a suicide bomber set off an explosive outside…

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Mark Fiore for KQED When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s…

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Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem

Boosting your ego won’t make you feel better. Instead, try talking to yourself like you would your best friend. Dylan Martinez / Reuters Olga Khazan May 6, 2016 In 1986, California state assemblyman John Vasconcellos came up with what he believed could be “a vaccine for major social ills” like teen pregnancy and drug abuse:…

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13 Reasons Why is a fictional story based on a widely known novel and is meant to be a cautionary tale. You may have similar experiences and thoughts as some of the characters in 13RW. People often identify with characters they see on TV or in movies. However, it is important to remember that there…

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How to Teach Your Kids about the Brain

Laying strong foundations for emotional intelligence. By Hazel Harrison | March 17, 2016 When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally powerful to parents too. Knowing how the brain works means we can also understand how to respond…

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