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Is My Teen Depressed? How to Know When Help is Needed.

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For many parents, seeing a teenage child act sad, depressed, or sluggish is a pretty common occurrence.  However, it can be difficult to identify when behavior goes beyond simple sadness and into the realm of clinical depression. Depression is on the rise for 12-20 year olds.  A recent study found that adolescents

Sharks and Anxiety – Where We Fight Matters

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You’re going to fight a shark.  I pick the shark; you get to pick the location of the fight. Strangely enough, this is a statement I often make to clients that are facing anxiety.  After the initial shock of such a strange prompt, I hear a wide range of responses: a children’s pool, in shallow […]

Video Game Addiction? When Hobby Crosses into Habit

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One of the most common topics brought to me by parents of teen clients is that of video games.  Questions of “how much is too much?” or “when is this a serious problem?” are some of the most frequent. Video games are big business.  According to a report from SuperData Research, games generated $91 billion […]

When It’s Not Just Worry – 5 Indicators of Clinical Anxiety

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Worry is a normal part of the human daily experience.  Did I remember to lock the front door when I left this morning?  I hope my presentation goes well tomorrow.  What if people make fun of my new haircut? Sometimes, worry can go beyond these everyday experiences and become a disruptive force in our lives. […]

Pokémon Go: The Secret to Better Mental Health? (Or something like that)

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My first encounter was on a run last week.  There was just something that set the adolescent male apart from the trail users I usually see.  His attire lacked several of the required accessories for normal open space use.  There was no fancy running or fitness gear, not even a watch that tracks heart rate, […]