3 Ways Your Teen’s Mental Health Impacts Their Sexual Health For Life

Not many topics can make parents possibly more uncomfortable than those of sexual health and mental health.  But I am about to tell you why you should adjust your comfort meter and snuggle in for a chat.
First of all, we don’t want any confusion.  Blank stares and stuttering over the subject of sexual health will not leave your child completely confident in your ability to fill them in with accurate and trustworthy details.  The last thing we want to do is direct them to Snapchat as a resource. So here we go.  It will be okay I promise.  I’m a therapist.  Just breathe your way through it.

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5 Reasons Why It Is Easier To Feed Your Kids Real Food

We can make up all kinds of reasons as to why it is easier to feed our kids processed food.  But I am here to tell you we have been sold a bill of goods by real fine advertisers and the general population at large.  Please humor me for 3 minutes of your precious Friday and read further as to why I think they are just plain ole’ wrong.  When you buy real food from a farm and not a factory there is so much you don’t have to worry about.

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Tricks To Reduce Testing Anxiety For Students And Teachers

 
Testing anxiety is what the psychology world likes to call performance anxiety.  Similar to feelings of fear one may experience before heading out on stage, testing anxiety can leave the sufferer drenched in sweat, heart pounding with a thought of…”How the heck do I get out of this situation?”  The student or the teacher is equally susceptible to anxiety’s grip.  Lucky for all those white-knuckling it through exam time there are a few tricks up my therapy sleeve.  We really can save you from those pesky intrusive thoughts that keep you zeroed in on failure rather than success.  You ready?  Here we go.

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Why You Need To Get Your Kids Talking

 

Kids who live with depression, anxiety and/or OCD spend an extraordinary amount of time in their head. Ruminating over negative thoughts, worrying about past and future situations and focusing on scary and sad feelings leaves many children and teens zapped emotionally and physically.  They are too consumed by what is happening in their mind (real or not) to focus on what is occurring outside of themselves.
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Reduce Back To School Stress In 5 Simple Steps

Returning to school can be a trigger for many children, teens and even parents.  The flexibility of the summer gives way to the rigidity of the school year and with it comes an increase in anxiety, acute and chronic stress and depression.  Whether your child struggles with a clinical diagnosis or not does not take away from the impact the beginning of an academic year can have on a child’s thoughts, feelings and behavior.  Make sure your child gets off to a good start when the school bell rings.  Try out my ideas below:

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5 Ways To Reduce Anxiety Without Medication

Anxiety can be a normal part of life.  But for some children and adults it takes over and wreaks havoc on their mind and body.  Leaving the individual paralyzed by fear and unable to focus on anything other than the anxious feelings, catastrophic thoughts and physical symptoms that have suddenly swallowed them whole; a person is left to wonder if he/she has gone crazy, suffered a heart attack or had his/her brain hijacked by outside forces.  Yes, anxiety can feel that foreign and overwhelmingly invasive to a person, big or small.

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5 Natural Ways To Establish Healthy Sleep Routines For Your Child

Sleep can elude the smallest of children.  Many parents struggle to maintain calm evenings in an attempt to give their little ones a restful sleep.  As a result, a time for relaxing and sweet dreams turns to nightmares for all involved.  Dear parents, don’t give up!  Developing a healthy sleep routine will help your child throughout his/her life.  Knowing how to ease themselves from relaxation into a deep slumber is a necessary skill, which leads to a healthier body and mind.

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How The Arts Can Improve Your Child’s Emotional Health

Tired from a night of intense practice, I sat on the dance floor with my friends and we laughed as we unwound the ribbons that curled around our small ankles.  As we pulled our feet from our broken pointe shoes and rolled back the thin layer of pink tights, our feet reflected our exhaustion.  Swollen, slightly bloodied and aching, we hardly noticed the pain as we chattered in unison.  Minutes before we were pushing our bodies to exceed their limits as we flew across the dance studio, whipping our legs into the air with precise instruction from the counts of the classical music and the snap of our ballet teacher’s fingers.  1…2…3…4…, “Again, girls!” 5…6…7…8, “Again!” And so the evening would progress by the count of 8.

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The Truth Behind Moods And Foods 4 Kids (Q & A)

 

What is the purpose of your blog? I am hoping to create a change in the conversation surrounding mental health especially for the sake of children.  I grew tired of the public discourse: anti-depressants or not? I didn’t see anyone writing about nutrition.  I didn’t see anyone discussing exercise.  I didn’t see anyone taking a holistic angle to mental health for children and adolescents.  There is so much more to add to the conversation.  I wanted to open the discussion.  We have to admit the medical model is not working.  If it were, we wouldn’t have the statistics we have currently.  A 400% increase in children using psychotropic medications since the 1980’s has not slowed the march of mental illness in America.  A suicide rate that has doubled among teens in the last 10 years; a 30% increase in anxiety and depression among adolescents – these are horrifying trends.  As a parent and as a therapist, I felt that we were missing some very basic connections and that is the purpose of my blog – to make the connections for people.  And I want to help people.  Ultimately, help as many people as I can.

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Grapes Get The Green Light For Brain Health

Grapes are a sweet reminder that summer produces the most delicious desserts.  No baking required.  With every bite, they ignite the taste buds for kids and adults alike.  Tasty frozen or raw, grapes are versatile in the nutrition department.  Not only can you satisfy a sweet tooth with a handful of grapes, you can obtain the following vitamins and minerals: vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, manganese, potassium, and thiamine.  And the bus doesn’t stop there.  The juicy grape gives you riboflavin, fiber and a wee bit of protein.  For those of you who thought protein is only available in animal products; it just isn’t true.  Plants have protein too!

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