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emotions in treatment

The Value of Identifying Difficult Emotions in Treatment

When kids are in treatment for challenging issues, like addiction, depression, or other problematic behaviors, they might have experienced difficult emotions with no known outlet. Kids often have underlying problems driving troubling behaviors. They might have trauma or an underlying mental health issue. They could be bullied at school and deal with low self-esteem. The […]

depression

What is the Real Deal With Depression?

Depression is among the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Those struggling with depression can experience a range of symptoms, from disrupted sleeping issues to suicidal attempts. Understanding depression from the outside can be challenging for parents. Kids might experience some overlap of depression symptoms during specific situations, or they might struggle temporarily to […]

let kids make mistakes

How to Step Back and Let Kids Make Mistakes

Parents might have a difficult time letting go and allowing their kids to make mistakes. We want to shield our kids from feeling frustrated or disappointed. Above all, we want to protect them from feeling any pain. We might step in, almost instinctively, to prevent our kids from making any mistakes on their own. At […]

hobbies

Why Are Hobbies Important for a Child’s Mental Health and Development?

When considering hobbies and extracurricular activities for kids, we might not think about the skills kids can gain beyond the obvious. While activities or hobbies can benefit kids directly, like learning a skill that can help them in a career or getting exercise, kids can gain much from indirect skills. Things like learning to follow […]

medications

What You Need to Do When Your Child Stops Medications

When kids are under the care of a psychiatrist for a mental health concern, they might be taking medications to regulate their moods or minimize their anxiety. Medications like antidepressants and mood stabilizers can have side effects to consider before using them to help kids. When our kids take medicines that appear helpful, we might […]