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When to Get Help for Depression

Everyone feels sad every now and then. And sometimes, it can be unclear whether you have depression or a different ailment.  For instance, one common misconception is that depression is simply a state of mind. However, many people experience debilitating physical symptoms, like chest pain and brain fog. That being said, how are you supposed […]

Anxiety vs. Depression: What to Know

“I’m super anxious about that presentation I’m giving in Spanish class next week.” “I’m really depressed about the score I got on my last math test.” The terms “anxious” and “depressed” are often used to describe stressful situations in casual conversation. It’s normal to feel anxious when entering a high-pressure conversation. It’s also normal to […]

How to Talk to Your Parents About Depression

If you feel isolated, hopeless, empty, or are having frequent thoughts of death, dying, or suicide, you may be depressed. It might be time to reach out for help and support. It can feel difficult to turn to a parent. You might think that your parents are too busy to help you, that they would […]

It’s 2021: Time to Reunite With Your Teen

New reports say teens are now spending 9 hours of their awake time consuming media. For tweens, the average daily screen time is 4 hours and 44 minutes. For teens, that number spikes to 7 hours and 22 minutes. These numbers are reported by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on helping children, parents and […]

How to Talk to Someone Going Through a Hard Time

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… … Except when you have the winter blues, the pandemic has disrupted your lifestyle, and you’re feeling lonely, sad, or anxious. Even though it’s common to feel sad around the holidays, it doesn’t make it any less challenging to deal with, or even talk about. Looking at […]

31 Mental Health Hacks to Relieve Your Holiday Anxiety

Anxiety. It’s a totally natural, normal, expected response to the dizzying blur of activities that happen each holiday season. Of course, that doesn’t make it any less painful or convenient. But with an arsenal of grounding exercises under your belt, you can bring down your anxiety to a manageable level before the point of no […]

7 Tips for Keeping Happiness in the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us once again. You might find yourself balancing your time between schoolwork, spending time with friends, hanging out with family, and maybe even attending a holiday gathering or two. At some point, you might start feeling a little stressed out from: Overscheduling, overindulging, and overspending Too much time with family […]

Why You Feel Sad During Winter (And What to Do About It)

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It’s to be expected that we all feel more cheerful during the summer months when the weather is nice, rather than during the grey and dreary months of winter. But can the seasons really affect our mood and behavior? The science says Yes. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? If you’ve noticed the following symptoms […]

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Mental Health and COVID

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2020 is over and it has been challenging for most of us. But we also need to shed light on the silent sufferers: our youth, especially our teens.  Not too long ago, I was approached by a parent whose child’s friend spoke about committing suicide and wished they had never been born. The child is […]

It’s Holiday Season… A Stressful Season for Teens, Too

We’re all aware of adult depression and suicide during the holiday season.  Numbers are always off the charts and way too high.   But are you also aware of how the holiday season affects teens? Especially during this COVID-19 period when socialization and friendship for teens is at an all-time low, we must not forget […]