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The Link Between Depression, Anxiety, and Social Media
According to the PEW Research Center, 92 percent of teens go online every day. This is a concern because social media use may be harming their self-esteem and confidence as children experience

fear of missing out (FOMO)
pressures to keep up with friends
unrealistic expectations
In addition, youths may place too much value on their number of online friends, comments on posts, and likes on social media at the expense of building strong real-life relationships.

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How to maintain good mental health for kids during summer break
Create structure through schedules. Most kids thrive with routine, particularly kids with mental disorders. ...
Plan fun activities. Spend some time planning fun activities with your children. ...
Enjoy time outside. ...
Make family time a priority. ...
Find a balance.


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Is your child struggling with anxiety?

When a child does not outgrow the fears and worries that are typical in young children, or when there are so many fears and worries that interfere with school, home or play activities, the child may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Examples of different types of anxiety disorders include

Being very afraid when away from parents (separation anxiety)
Having extreme fear about a specific thing or situation, such as dogs, insects, or going to the doctor (phobias)
Being very afraid of school and other places where there are people (social anxiety)
Being very worried about the future and about bad things happening (general anxiety)
Having repeated episodes of sudden, unexpected, intense fear that come with symptoms like heart pounding, having trouble breathing, or feeling dizzy, shaky, or sweaty (panic disorder)

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What is the most common mental illness for teens?
The most common mental health disorders found in teenagers are:
Mood Disorders.
Major Depression.
Conduct Disorder.
Anxiety Disorders.
Panic Disorder.
Eating Disorders.


Replace the Self-harm with Alternative Activities
Here is a long list of options for replacing self-harm

Deep breathing
Relaxation techniques
Call a friend, your therapist, or a crisis line
Try not be alone (visit a friend, go shopping, etc.)
Take a hot bath
Listen to music
Go for a walk
Write in a journal
Punch a bed or a pillow (when nothing but a physical outlet for your anger and frustration will work)
Hold ice in your hand (I don’t like this option, but some people say it works)
Avoid temptation (i.e., shave legs less frequently or only around others)
Try to find your own creative ways as outlets for emotions
Learn to confront others respectfully/make your own feelings known instead of keeping them inside
Go outside and scream and yell
Take up a sport (a form of exercise can help you release tension)
Work with paint, clay, play-dough, etc. (The person who suggested this mentioned that she would make a big sculpture and then do whatever she wanted to it. She said it was helpful to calm the urge to self-injure, plus it gave others clues to what might be going on.)
Draw a picture of what or who is making you angry
Instead of harming yourself, try massaging the area you want to harm with oils or creams, reminding yourself that you are special and you deserve to treat yourself and your body with love and respect
Go to church or your place of worship
Wear a bracelet or something that will fit on the places that you injure. One person did this as a way to remind herself that she could call someone instead of hurting herself and that she had other ways to cope
Break the object that you use to self-injure as a way to show that you have control over it
Write the phone number of a friend on your wrist
Write a letter to the person(s) that has hurt you and express how he/she/they made you feel. These letters do not have to be in perfect form and you do not have to please anyone but yourself. You do not have to give these letters to the people, but it is a great way to release the feelings that you are carrying. After you write the letters, you can decide then what to do with them. Some people find destroying the letters helpful (i.e., tear them up, throw them in a lake, burn them, etc.)
Do some household chores
Try some sewing, cross stitch, etc.
Use the object you typically use to self-harm in the way it is meant to be used
Recite a poem or prayer that comforts you
Write down all your positive points and why you do not deserve to be hurt
Write in your journal why you want to hurt yourself. If you have hurt yourself, write down what caused it to happen so in the future you can prevent it from happening
Play some kind of musical instrument. Even if you don’t really know how to play, picking out tunes is a way to concentrate and help get rid of the urge to harm yourself
Allow yourself to cry. Getting the tears out can make you feel better
Take a shower
Sing a song about what you are feeling. You can even make one up
Scribble on paper. Clutch the pen in your fist. It’s a way to diffuse it on to paper. (Get a few sheets so that they don’t tear)
Make a list of reasons why you are going to stop cutting. Carry it in your pocket or tape it to the bathroom mirror. Every time you get the urge, read the list to remind yourself why you shouldn’t


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Typical Teen vs. Troubled Teen Behavior
Changing appearance

Typical teen behavior: Keeping up with fashion is important to teens. That may mean wearing provocative or attention-seeking clothing or dyeing their hair. Unless your teen wants tattoos, avoid criticizing and save your protests for the bigger issues. Fashions change, and so will your teen.

Warning signs of a troubled teen: Changing appearance can be a red flag if it’s accompanied by problems at school or other negative changes in behavior. Evidence of cutting and self-harm or extreme weight loss or weight gain are also warning signs.

apa.org 05/20/2019

Depression and How Psychotherapy and Other Treatments Can Help People Recover

Can we talk about Mental illness? At Turner Consulting & Therapy Services we do. Get the help you need today. Don't suffer in silence! Click ther link below 👇🏿 for valuable resource regarding depression.

apa.org Depression is a real illness and carries with it a high cost in terms of relationship problems, family suffering and lost work productivity. Yet, depression is a highly treatable illness, with psychotherapy, coping and cognitive-behavioral techniques, and medication.


"Life offers you so many doors, it is up to you which to open, and which one to close" -Unknown

Good Afternoon All,
Life takes many turns whether they are for the good or the bad, however it is up to you on how you handle the outcome.
Remember, life is messy, life is unpredictable but it is up to you on it is handled.
Have a great day, and please remember you are in control of your life, and the things that go on.

princetonreview.com 04/03/2018

10 Ways to Overcome Test Anxiety

10 Ways to Overcome Test Anxiety

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve been studying hard for your chemistry midterm, but when you walk into your exam, your mind goes blank. As you sit down to start your test, you notice your sweaty palms and a pit in your stomach.
If these classic signs of test anxiety sound familiar, your grades and test scores may not reflect your true abilities. Learn ways to manage test anxiety before and during a stressful test.

What is Test Anxiety?
While it’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous before a test, some students find test anxiety debilitating. Racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, or feelings of dread can combine with physical symptoms like a fast heartbeat, headache, or nausea. Whether it’s the ACT, an AP exam, or an important history final, test anxiety has the power to derail weeks and months of hard work.
Test Anxiety Tips
According to the ADAA, causes of test anxiety may include a fear of failure, lack of adequate prep time, or bad experiences taking tests in the past. You're not alone! Here's what you can do to stay calm in the days leading up to and during your test.

1. Be prepared.
Yes, this seems obvious, but it bears repeating. If you feel confident that you’ve prepped thoroughly, you’ll feel more confident walking into the test. Need help reviewing tough concepts or question types? The test prep experts at The Princeton Review can provide that extra boost you need to feel cool and collected.

2. Get a good night’s sleep.
Cramming is never the answer, and pulling an all-nighter can exacerbate your nerves. Having adequate rest (9–10 hours per night) is likely to be more beneficial than rereading a text until dawn (But if you ARE up late studying and have a question, our on-demand tutors are there for you).

3. Fuel up.
Eat a nutritious breakfast before the test and pack smart snacks for ongoing energy. Look for foods that offer a steady stream of nutrients, rather than a sugar high followed by a crash.

4. Get to class—or the testing site—early.
Feeling rushed will only amp up the anxiety. Pack everything you need for the exam the night before and set the alarm, so you can get out the door on time.

5. Have a positive mental attitude.
Bring a picture of your happy place or come up with a morale-boosting mantra like “I can do this” or “I worked hard and deserve this.” Peek at your picture or recite your mantra, right before the test begins.

6. Read carefully.
Read the directions thoroughly and read all answers before making a choice or starting the essay. There is nothing worse than putting time into a question and realizing you are not solving for x, or the essay is off target. Slowing down can help you stay focused.

7. Just start.
The blank page can maximize your anxiety. After you’ve read the directions, dive right in by making an outline for an essay answer. Or, find some questions you can ace to build up your confidence and momentum. You can always go back and change things later if needed, but a few quick answers can get the ball rolling.

8. Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing.
Everyone else is scribbling away? What do they know that you don’t? It doesn’t matter. Pay attention to your own test and pace, and forget about the other students in the room.

9. Watch the clock.
Realizing that time is almost up and there are lots of test questions left can make it hard to do anything useful in those final minutes. Stay on pace by scoping out the whole test before getting started. Mentally allocate how much time you’ll spend on each section. If there’s time to recheck, even better.

10. Focus on calm breathing and positive thoughts.
Deep breathing can slow down a beating heart or a racing mind, so practice these techniques at home. The very act of concentrating on breathing and thinking can biometrically alter those anxious feelings.

Sometimes just remembering that some test-taking anxiety is a normal part of school can help make it easier to handle. If you need a confidence boost, try a session with an online tutor. From PhDs and Ivy Leaguers to doctors and teachers, our tutors are experts in their fields, and they know how to keep your anxiety at bay.

adapted from: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/test-anxiety

princetonreview.com Don't let test anxiety derail weeks and months of hard work.


Causes for Running Away from Home

47% of teen runaways reported that they were having a conflict with a parent or guardian.
Approximately 50% of teens reported that their parents kicked them out of the house or didn't care that they left.
80% of youth reported sexual or physical abuse before running away.
All statistical information from National Runaway Switchboard.

Mental Illness
Depression: Teenagers who become depressed may have a difficult time with decision making and may act on impulse. Since the depressed teen may not understand the emotions and thoughts running through him, he may blame his parents for his problems. This then leads to the false realization that being away from them will solve all of their issues.

Oppositional defiant disorder: Another mental disorder that many teen runaways suffer from is an oppositional defiant disorder, also called conduct disorder. They have a difficult time obeying authority and will act out in retaliation to anyone who tries to tell them what to do. Their actions are impulsive and can sometimes be threatening. The run away because they don't want to follow anyone's rules besides their own.

Substance Abuse
According to the website, TroubledTeenSearch.com, 71% of surveyed street youths in Los Angeles abused drugs and/or alcohol. These substances act on the mind very much like mental illess, leading to impulsivity and poor judgment skills. Not only does this lead many teenagers to run away, but it also propels them into a life of drugs, alcohol, crime and abuse on the streets.

Difficulties in Adolescence
Adolescents have a difficult time expressing their thoughts and emotions at times. This can cause them to feel powerless. To gain back that control, they feel as though they need to break away from the chains of parents and authority. They feel that if they can make it on their own, they will be able to show everyone how much they really know.

Adolescents who run away from home are usually running away from something they can't face. This could be parental separation, sexual orientation, bullying in school and other traumatic events. Teenagers don't runaway for attention but to escape the realities of a world they are afraid of or exhausted from living in. They want to be free from the devastation and find a new happiness.



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