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Breathing Exercises to Help You Calm Down

By | November 30th, 2017|Blog|

Many of our patients struggle with traits like anxiety, and can often find themselves in a state of panic. For this reason, we find that an important life skill that not enough people learn is the ability to simply calm down in tense situations. To do this, we teach each of the girls about breathing exercises, and how they can use them to deescalate a feeling of panic to relax. Here are some key breathing exercises that help people calm down… […]

Are Your Teenager’s Values Different from Your Own?

By | November 10th, 2017|Blog|

As your children get older and enter their teenage years, it is natural and common that you might recognize that they begin to develop a different value set from your own. This is a terrifying moment for many parents. After all, if they aren’t getting these values from you, then where are they getting them from? Feeling like your teen is losing their way in the world is something that many parents feel, at some point in their journey to raise their child. However, there are a few important factors to remember about this time. Here are some thoughts you should work through when talking to your teenager about their values and your own… […]

Recognizing The Signs of Depression In Your Teen

By | October 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Your child will go through countless changes and experience a host of pressures as they go through their teen years. From puberty, to dating, to finding out who they are and where they fit in, the teen years can be an emotional and hard time for your daughter. With all of the uncertainty your child is experiencing, it can be really hard for you to differentiate the difference between the normal emotions your child will experience as they grow, and a more serious issue. Depression goes beyond just experiencing mood swings and being irritable. It’s a serious health problem that impacts many adults. Depression is treatable, but it’s important to know what to look out for so you can start helping your daughter as soon as possible. […]

How to Effectively Communicate With Your Depressed Teen

By | October 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Despite all of the love and care you give to your child, there are some things that are just out of your control when it comes to their wellbeing. One of these things, is depression. During their teen years especially, your child could begin to experience feelings of depression. One in five teenagers, from all walks of life, experience major depression. It can be hard to relate to your depressed daughter, and communicating with her may feel like an impossible task. It’s so important that you push through this and let her know that you’re there for her. She may not seem like it, but your support is one of the most helpful things you can give her. […]

How to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Teen

By | September 1st, 2017|Blog|

The teenage years are a tumultuous time for both children and parents. It can seem like your kids are drifting away from you. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Life is about change, and a child’s development through the teen years is part of that change. Here is some advice on staying connected with your teen as they develop: […]

Smartphones and Depression

By | August 30th, 2017|Blog|

The smartphone has substantially altered the way we live our lives. We can order pizza with a click, settle an argument with a quick search, and completely consolidate our schedule all with the same device and within minutes of each other. The consistent progress in the tech world is a testament to human ingenuity and our ability to improve. However, as with all things, smartphones are not without risk. Since the rise of the smartphone, there has been a sharp increase in depression in all demographics but especially with teenagers. […]

Talk with Your Daughter about Dating Abuse

By | August 20th, 2017|Blog|

Most parents dread the day when their daughter begins to date. Usually, it comes much sooner than anticipated. However, romantic relationships are part of a healthy life, so it’s going to happen at some point. And that’s why it’s important for parents to have honest conversations with their daughters about dating abuse. […]

3 Techniques for Countering Anxiety

By | August 10th, 2017|Blog|

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 3 million Americans suffer from clinical anxiety. This number is even higher among our teenagers, and about 1 in 5 teenage girls suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point. Anxiety is a mental disorder that can range from minor to severe, characterized by uncontrolled worry and preoccupation, often accompanied by panic attacks and compulsive behavior. Severe anxiety can contribute to many other frustrating behaviors. Severe anxiety may take extensive work to overcome, but there are many small things that individuals can do to get a handle on it from day to day. Here are some techniques that have proven to be useful for many patients: […]

The Dangers of Digital Harrassment

By | August 1st, 2017|Blog|

When you think of bullying, what do you picture? Most television shows feed us the classic scenario of one kid threatening another for his lunch money. However, bullying takes many forms, and for our teenage daughters in a digital age, the situation usually plays out very differently. As parents, it can be hard for us to recognize digital dangers that our children face every day. […]

How a Proper Diet Affects Anxiety

By | July 20th, 2017|Blog|

When it comes to mental illness, one of the most popular examples in the United States and around the world is anxiety disorders, which roughly one out of five people in the population experience struggle with in their day to day lives. This is especially alarming when you look at the increased chances of struggling with other disorders when anxiety is in the mix, such as depression or bipolar disorder. For this reason, it is important for those who suffer from anxiety to develop coping mechanisms to stave the effects of anxiety. Of those coping mechanisms, dieting is something that can’t be ignored. Here are some of the ways that a proper diet affects anxiety… […]