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Category: Health & Wellness

Posted Aug. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife Publishes 2017 Guide to Therapeutic Programs and Services

If you know a teenager with mental health or addiction issues, then you know the meaning of heartbreak. One in five children ages 13 to 18 have or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Almost 12 percent of admissions to substance-abuse treatment programs were teens ages 12 to 19, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Just at the age when the world is opening up to them, these teens hit an emotional wall. And their families and friends ...

Posted May 2, 2017, 9:11 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
At Turn-About Ranch, each student is assigned a horse to care for on the ranch.

There are many options for teens with mental health issues. Why would a working cattle ranch in the wilds of Utah be the answer for them and their parents? “When adolescents are failing in their home environment, it is sometimes essential for them to go to an isolated therapeutic environment to get their lives back together,” says Michelle Lindsay, executive director and licensed mental health counselor at Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah. “Today’s world is filled with technology that floods our lives with immediate gratification, mixed messages and constant diversions from what is most important. Our real, working cattle ranch ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2016, 4:29 p.m. by Dr. Vikram Tarugu | View Comments
teen addiction

No one likes to think that their teen is addicted to drugs. It can destroy families and have a devastating impact on your teen's future well-being. If you find yourself in this unenviable position, follow these intervention steps, and be ready to seek guidance from someone with professional training right away. Step One: Help Your Teen Admit There is a Problem You can’t really solve this kind of a problem if both sides aren’t committed to solving it. If your teen doesn’t acknowledge the problem or thinks “it isn’t a big deal,” you won’t get very far towards the solution. ...

Posted Dec. 15, 2016, 4:04 p.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
teen stress homework junior

Like other parents, Elena Selivan often wondered if her daughter Nikita, a junior at Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., was really doing her homework or just twiddling her thumbs, listening to music and Snapchatting in her room after school. But an important realization struck one day when Nikita wanted to go out with friends, and Elena balked. “When have I ever not done my work?” Nikita asked. “I realized (high school kids) are working so hard, and we as parents don’t see it. We only see a selection of it: their grades,” says Selivan. “They’re dealing with sports, grades, ...

Posted Sept. 30, 2016, 9 a.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
How Theater Skills Transform into Life Skills

Having a theatrical background himself, Rob Seitelman might be a little biased, but he believes students involved in theater take valuable skills to college. “We have to allow ourselves to explore and use everything we learn to potentially help us understand theater – and, by extension, help us understand life,” says Seitelman, the Princeton Review’s director of educational partnerships for the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. We talked to Seitelman and other college experts and students about how theater training can give you a leg up over peers, both during the college application process and in the transition to college. Here ...

Posted Sept. 27, 2016, 9 a.m. by Mary Grauerholz | View Comments
Four Steps to Avoid Gap Year Culture Shock

Before she went to Japan as an exchange student at age 21, Rebecca Fitzgerald thought she was well prepared for culture shock. But the cultural reality was harder than she imagined. “I came to realize that I had a very surface understanding of it,” Fitzgerald says. “But what I had learned – the visual parts of a culture, food, the way people dress – is the tip of the iceberg.” The disorienting parts were what she calls “the invisible” belief systems: the ways people live, how they perceive other cultures. On top of all that, Fitzgerald felt guilty. “I thought ...

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 9:47 a.m. by Gwyneth Findlay | View Comments
6 Tips To Survive the First 6 Weeks of College

Starting college may feel like going back to school feels every year. It’s in August or September, the month you’ve started classes for most of your life. You’re heading into four months of classes during weekdays – much like every other semester of school you’ve experienced. You’ve spent the last few weeks collecting odds and ends of school supplies and other college essentials, which feels a lot like the annual school supply round-up you’ve done for many years. While these similarities are comforting, the first few weeks at college can be overwhelming, even with college orientation. Here are a few ...

Posted June 24, 2016, 9 a.m. by Pam Willsey | View Comments
 How To Help Our Girls Transition to College

As a college transition coach, I’ve seen the worry, excitement and anxiety of parents sending their daughters off to college. The hopeful optimism of “she’ll be fine,” mingled with the fear that comes from wondering what may really be going on … and what may be to come. And I’ve heard plenty of mixed feelings from the girls themselves, as they learn to navigate a brand new terrain that requires new levels of responsibility, intensity and problemsolving that are the hallmarks of transitioning from high school to college. Our daughters need our help You don’t have to look far to ...

Posted June 3, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Things to Help Teens Moving to a New Town this Summer

For teens in high school, moving is hard. Social situations are already stressful enough, and just as you’re getting comfortable around a group of friends you have to transition to a new school and town where you need to start all over again. But by being outgoing, open to new adventures and discovering ways to connect with your new community, you can start to feel at home. I had a friend in high school whose family was moving all the time, he had lived in four different states between first and 11th grade! Interestingly, he seemed to take it very ...

Posted June 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Have a Teen Headed to Camp? Break Out the Disposable Sheets!

If you have a teenager going to an overnight program this summer, you’ve probably already started the packing list, and most likely not without a hint of stress. Before you go too far down that path, the moms at Beantown Bedding have some words to the wise: Summer camp for teens should be like a mini vacation for you. Assume that everything you send will be lost, stolen or damaged, so set expectations low for the safe return of anything other than your actual kids. Get the rag bin ready for the return of stained T-shirts and suddenly single socks, ...

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