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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Parents and the love letter
03May

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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Social Media, Mental Health and Your Teen
16April

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

By Family First Adolescent Services

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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Experiential Therapy: Healing Emotional Wounds
16April

Experiential Therapy: Healing Emotional WoundsExperiential Therapy: Healing Emotional WoundsExperiential Therapy: Healing Emotional Wounds

By Family First Adolescent Services

Untreated Emotional Wounds [A Life Sentence] Emotional wounds are stubborn and persistent. If left untreated they can shadow us throughout life - encouraging negative behavior, mental illness, and unhealthy coping mechanisms (such as drug...

Untreated Emotional Wounds [A Life Sentence] Emotional wounds are stubborn and persistent. If left untreated they can shadow us throughout life - encouraging negative behavior, mental illness, and unhealthy coping mechanisms (such as drug addiction and alcoholism). When struggling to...

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What To Teach Teens About Failure
16April

What To Teach Teens About FailureWhat To Teach Teens About FailureWhat To Teach Teens About Failure

By Family First Adolescent Services

Failure is healthy. When toddlers learn to walk they aren’t discouraged by repeated failure in their initial attempts. They pick themselves up and try again. Eventually, they are running all over the house while you try to keep up. Imagine...

Failure is healthy. When toddlers learn to walk they aren’t discouraged by repeated failure in their initial attempts. They pick themselves up and try again. Eventually, they are running all over the house while you try to keep up. Imagine if that drive remained with us...

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How to Plan for Long Term Healing
16April

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

By Family First Adolescent Services

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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Teen Depression: An Evolutionary Advantage?
16April

Teen Depression: An Evolutionary Advantage?Teen Depression: An Evolutionary Advantage?Teen Depression: An Evolutionary Advantage?

By Family First Adolescent Services

While depression may feel like an unbearable burden for those who struggle with it, recent scientific research indicates that there is a silver lining. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the struggles that parents face when...

While depression may feel like an unbearable burden for those who struggle with it, recent scientific research indicates that there is a silver lining. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the struggles that parents face when confronted with a depressed teenager....

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