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Why Teen Depression, Anxiety and Stress is Climbing During COVID-19

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If you were struggling with your teen prior March of 2020 with mental health issues, chances are your concerns have doubled if not tripled. More and more parents are worried about their teen's emotional wellbeing since COVID-19 shutdown our country. From remote learning to social distancing and even wearing masks -- the new normal of everyday life is taking a toll not only on young people but on adults too. New research shares that over half, 55% of teens are now experiencing anxiety, 45% are struggling with excessive stress and 43% are depressed. Key findings: 81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation’s mental health. In this stressful climate, 7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health. 61% of teens said that COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness . Teens today report spending 75% of their waking h

How Do You Know If Your Teen Is Using Drugs or Alcohol?

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Warning signs your teen might be using drugs or drinking This is a difficult question that many parents have to face on a daily basis.   Parents who spend a great deal of time with their teenagers are often tuned into what is normal behavior and what is not.   However, even parents who are actively involved in the daily activities of their teenagers may overlook – or subconsciously deny – the earliest signs of a substance abuse problem.   Some of the clues that your teenager may exhibit when using drugs or alcohol are fairly subtle, but others are rather obvious:  Many hours spent alone, especially in their room; persistent isolation from the rest of the family.   This is particular suspicious in a youngster who had not been a loner until now.  Resistance to taking with or confiding in parents, secretiveness, especially in a teenager who had previously been open.   Be sure that your teenager is not being secretive because every time he tries to confide in you, you jump on him or

Teen Anxiety Rising During COVID

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 Is Your Smart Teen Stuck in Anxiety? It’s no secret, 2020 has been tough to get through. The pressures that the ongoing pandemic have placed on all of us have been challenging, especially for students who have had to adapt to online learning overnight. If you’re a student in this strange time, it can be extremely difficult to find the motivation to get up and tune in to class while the world is in a moment of crisis. While the pandemic continues, it’s important to prioritize your mental health in tandem with your daily tasks. And even when school does return to an in-person setting, you want to maintain a robust practice of keeping your psychological and emotional wellbeing in check. So how can you stay on top of your anxiety when studies are too demanding or overwhelming? We’ve got some tips to help you get through this difficult time with a list of activities and practices to check in with yourself. Here’s some ways students can mitigate the effects of anxiety: 1. Normalize Checking

Paris Hilton's Experience with Residential Treatment Centers

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  Why Parents Should Listen to Paris Hilton’s Story   I get it, it’s Paris Hilton, socialite, reality star and entitled child that seemed to have it all.  Why would anyone take advice from or even want to listen to her? Well, I’ll speak for myself, as a mother – Paris is not someone I would consider a role-model or even someone I ever thought I could learn from as a parent, but I was wrong.   In the weeks leading up to the “ This Is Paris ” documentary, I was initially frustrated at why anyone needed to hear from her in the middle of a pandemic when many are struggling with unemployment and just trying to make ends meet – not to mention back-to-school and all the difficulties online learning brings.   Then on a Sunday morning, there she was on a reputable morning show I always watch, being interviewed by a respectable journalist about “This Is Paris”. I was taken aback when I realized this wasn’t a spoiled brat wanting more airtime (or should we say facetime) for self-promoti

Help For My Defiant Teen During COVID19

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 Are you searching for teen help? No doubt, many parents are experiencing new challenges with their anxious teenagers during these uncertain times. In a recent survey by  Common Sense Media , the spread of the coronavirus has upended school for teens, with  95%  of 13- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. reporting the cancellation of  in-person  classes at their schools at least temporarily. Teens are worried - the average youth is facing stress , anxiety and some are feeling loneliness (according to the survey). For those that were already experiencing risky behaviors, this can be more troubling. Quarantine life could be a time of relaxation for some, but for some parents of teens, it's anything but relaxing. Whether your teen is stressed out from not being able to mingle with their friends, or spending way too much time online (especially since they had to finish school virtually) -- maybe your teen is feeling isolated or lonely, are they sinking into a depression ? Are they self-med

Parents Love Their Teens

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Parents Love Their Teens Searching for teen-help while at your wit's end is challenging. As someone that was duped by the sales-reps out there, over 20 years ago, I have spent the past 19 years educating families about this big-business of teen-help . We all love our children, however there are times when we simply don't like their actions or their behavior. I know I hit a place where I felt like I was hostage in my own home when my daughter was testing her boundaries. From defiance to rage to explosiveness - I wasn't sure I would survive that time of our life. After 5 different therapists, a short in-patient as well as the failed out-patient, she went to her grandmother's to stay. That lasted just under 2 weeks. It was time for residential therapy. My journey is well documented online , hiring an educational consultant (EC) that quickly said she needed a wilderness program (like all EC's) suggest - to jumping on the internet while being desperate for

Teen Internet Addiction: Is It Real?

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Teen Help for Internet Addiction Cell-phone obsession Hooked-on social media or video games? Is your teen consumed by their digital life? Hooked on gaming? Are they spending too much time alone and isolating themselves? Have their grades started to drop? Becoming withdrawn, and even depressed? According to a survey, even teens are worried they spend too much time on screens and fear they are addicted . When used excessively, technology can affect the emotional and physical wellness of young people of many young people . Symptoms of internet addiction: -An obsession with being online -Frustration, anxiety, and irritability when not able to get online. -Abandoning friends or hobbies in order to stay digitally connected. -Continuing to spend time online even after negative repercussions (such as failing grades, deteriorating relationships, and even health issues). How can we help? Parent Universal Resource Experts has been educating parents