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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 Becoming withdrawn, and even depressed?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).

Teen Vaping: 5 Things Parents Need to Know

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By Jane Parent Susan was in her 16-year-old son’s room recently. She discovered a weird looking sort of pen on his dresser. She didn’t know what it was, but she did a little digging and discovered it was a vape pen. “I was shocked to learn that my son could be using this pen to smoke any number of substances, says Susan.” “There was no smell or smoke in his bedroom while I was in the next room. I had no idea.” Electronic cigarettes in the form of vape pens and cartridges are more popular than ever, especially among high school students. E-cigarette use among teenagers has been rapidly increasing nationally, with more than 32% of 10th graders reporting vaping in the past year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “The good news is that middle and high school kids understand the health risks of smoking cigarettes,” says Dr. Laura Offutt, founder of online teen health resource Real Talk with Dr. Offutt. “Unfortunately, they’ve also absorbed the marketing message that e-cig…

Teen Depression: What Parents Need to Know

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Teen depression and anxiety is on the rise.

Sadly, we are seeing suicide as the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24.
With today's digital lives there could be so many reasons.

Are they missing the routine of a real-life social life?  Are they being harassed online?  Or are they watching their friends on social media have a blast while they believe their life is boring or they are simply missing out?

What was true a generation ago is still true today, teens are unpredictable and still difficult to figure out. However depression is a very real emotion.

Adolescence can be a very turbulent and difficult time, even for the most well-adjusted child. Depression strikes teenagers and adults alike, and can have far-reaching implications when kids suffer from emotional difficulties that they aren’t sure how to manage.

After noticing the signs of depression in your teen and helping him to get the treatment he needs, understanding the root of his depression can help to …

Does My Teen Need A Therapeutic Boarding School?

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Good teens making bad choices. It can be very common. “Does my teen need residential therapy? Isn’t this a drastic step? How will I know if we are at the point of placing our child at a therapeutic boarding school or residential treatment center?” – Anonymous parent As I share with parents, residential therapy is a major decision not to be taken lightly.  It’s not about teaching your child a lesson, it’s not about punishing your teen or scaring them straight — residential therapy is a huge financial and emotional decision that is made after you have exhausted all your local resources. Residential therapy is a choice made out of love to give your child a second chance at a bright future. Usually a parent has reached their wit’s end; they have been to local therapy, some have even tried having their teen stay with a relative.  Some have been through extensive out-patient programs but it isn’t until you remove (residential therapy) the teen from their environment that they will be able to …

Summer Programs for Struggling Teens

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Summer programs and camps can be an excellent time to give your teenager a boost of self-esteem as well as helping them with grade recovery if they have been underachieving during the school year.

If your teen has been making bad choices for a while, chances are good it will take longer than 6-9 weeks to undo this negative behavior. However since making the decision to leap into a residential treatment center or therapeutic boarding school is not only an emotional one, it’s also very expensive — starting with a good summer program can sometimes be a way to determine if your teen is a fit for the longer-term program. After attending a summer program, you can determine the following: 1. They come home and go back to school in the fall.
2. They continue with the residential therapy educational program.
3. They come home, go back to school and if things don’t go so well, you know that he/she can go back to that program and finish it. Summer programs can be a win-win situation if you select …

Teen Help: When Parents Struggle Finding Trustworthy Treatment

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Do you have a good teen making bad choices?
Have they changed their peer group?
Withdrawn from family activities?
Underachieving in school?
Dropping out of their favorite sport groups or clubs?
Are they obsessed or addicted to their devices?
Do you suspect drug use?

Have you exhausted your local resources, therapy isn't working - have you tried a hospital stay, they won't take the medication. Out-patient therapy failed.....

Residential therapy has been very successful for many family's - but it can be very scary if you are online reading the haunting stories that some former students (with a chip on their shoulder) or otherwise have written. I frequently educate parents - that they need to do their due diligence - the 'teen-help' industry is a big business, you need to know who you're talking to and what's their motivation.

Since 2001, we've helped educate parents on this industry. I was that parent that was scammed and duped by 'sales-reps' (th…

Teen Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

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With the recent Monitoring the Future Study release indicating that nearly one in three 12th graders reported using a vaping device in the past year, it’s imperative that parents are informed of the potential dangers that can result from vaping. What is Vaping? Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. It’s become more popular among teens than regular cigarettes, especially given that vaping devices can be used for anything from flavors like mango, mint or tutti frutti, to flavorings containing nicotine or THC, the chemical compound in marijuana that produces the high. What are the Risks? There are several risks to vaping for teens. Below are three major ones for parents to be concerned about: Vaping is often marketed to kids, downplaying the dangers. With lots of flavors available for vaping liquids, as well as the variety of colors and devices available that charge just like cell phones, it’s cl…