Living in a virtual world: teenage problematic gaming
24October

Living in a virtual world: teenage problematic gamingLiving in a virtual world: teenage...Living in a virtual world: teenage problematic gaming

By Mike Giresi

From Frogger to Fortnite, we’ve leveled up significantly since video games first started capturing the attention of young people. In June 2018, the World Health Organization declared gaming, including video gaming and internet gaming, a...

From Frogger to Fortnite, we’ve leveled up significantly since video games first started capturing the attention of young people. In June 2018, the World Health Organization declared gaming, including video gaming and internet gaming, a disorder, and while some applauded the move,...

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Healing with your teen through self-exploration
04October

Healing with your teen through self-explorationHealing with your teen through self-explorationHealing with your teen through self-exploration

By Mike Giresi

We know there is nothing you wouldn’t do for your child. Parents sacrifice their time, their money, their health and even their sanity to help their child in a crisis. As a parent, when you’ve put it all on the line for your child,...

We know there is nothing you wouldn’t do for your child. Parents sacrifice their time, their money, their health and even their sanity to help their child in a crisis. As a parent, when you’ve put it all on the line for your child, where does that leave you? Teens who...

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Building a bridge to your child through validation
04October

Building a bridge to your child through validationBuilding a bridge to your child through...Building a bridge to your child through validation

By Mike Giresi

If the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, the shortest difference between a parent and child is validation. When we talk about validation, we're not talking about is enabling, excusing or allowing problematic...

If the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, the shortest difference between a parent and child is validation. When we talk about validation, we're not talking about is enabling, excusing or allowing problematic behavior. What we are talking about is a...

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Social Media, Mental Health and Your Teen
03October

Social Media, Mental Health and Your TeenSocial Media, Mental Health and Your TeenSocial Media, Mental Health and Your Teen

By Ben Cecil

Statistics show that in 2015, approximately 3 million teens had at least one depressive episode that year, and at least 2 million experienced depression that affected their ability to function in their normal day. While this number represents a...

Statistics show that in 2015, approximately 3 million teens had at least one depressive episode that year, and at least 2 million experienced depression that affected their ability to function in their normal day. While this number represents a little more than 7% of all American...

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Healing from complex trauma begins with compassion
03October

Healing from complex trauma begins with compassionHealing from complex trauma begins with...Healing from complex trauma begins with compassion

By Mike Giresi

There’s no handbook for being a parent (wouldn’t it be great if there were?) but that doesn’t mean you can’t change the way you take care of your teen, your whole family, and yourself. Many of the parents we meet feel like...

There’s no handbook for being a parent (wouldn’t it be great if there were?) but that doesn’t mean you can’t change the way you take care of your teen, your whole family, and yourself. Many of the parents we meet feel like they’re failing their child....

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Parents and the love letter
03October

Parents and the love letterParents and the love letterParents and the love letter

By Ben Cecil

Teenagers and their “big moods” can take up a lot of space in a household—this is especially true when your child is also struggling with mental or behavioral health issues, substance use, or problematic gaming. With parents...

Teenagers and their “big moods” can take up a lot of space in a household—this is especially true when your child is also struggling with mental or behavioral health issues, substance use, or problematic gaming. With parents hyper-focused on their troubled teen, the...

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How to Plan for Long Term Healing
03October

How to Plan for Long Term HealingHow to Plan for Long Term HealingHow to Plan for Long Term Healing

By Ben Cecil

If a teen suffered a broken bone or torn ligament, treatment recommendations might include surgery as well as a period of physical therapy to speed healing and minimize the risk of re-injury. His surgery isn’t a cure, rather the first big...

If a teen suffered a broken bone or torn ligament, treatment recommendations might include surgery as well as a period of physical therapy to speed healing and minimize the risk of re-injury. His surgery isn’t a cure, rather the first big step of treatment. Physical therapy is the...

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Education keeps his doors open
03May

Education keeps his doors openEducation keeps his doors openEducation keeps his doors open

By Family First Adolescent Services

The average teenager is dealing with pressure from all sides—from parents, teachers, and coaches, as well as their friends. They worry about their future, about college or career, and about relationships. Teens who are struggling with...

The average teenager is dealing with pressure from all sides—from parents, teachers, and coaches, as well as their friends. They worry about their future, about college or career, and about relationships. Teens who are struggling with mental health, behavioral health, substance...

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