By Katherine Cook On December 27, 2016, Carrie Fisher passed away. She was best known to the world as Princess Leia from the Star Wars series. That too is how I discovered her when I was about 10 or 11 years old. Oh, how I loved that character. Not your typical princess, she was strong,… Continue reading Thank You, Carrie Fisher
If you know of a teen that seems to go through intense mood changes, then he or she might be displaying symptoms of bipolar disorder. It’s often the case that young people afflicted with bipolar disorder will throw off signals to that effect. They may act unusually goofy, irritable, angry or overly excited on occasion.… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults
May is Children’s Mental Health Month which is a great time to talk about where parents can find more information about the mental health conditions their adolescents may be struggling with. While there is no substitute for the expertise and information provided by a qualified mental health practitioner, this version of the ABCs can help… Continue reading The ABCs of Children’s Mental Health
There is something a little sad about the end of summer for all of us, but for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD), the changing seasons can cause episodes of deep depression that can impact relationships and quality of life. For parents, it is important to understand what this disorder is, how to recognize it, and… Continue reading What Parents Need to Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder
Mood swings are a part of life when you have a teenager living under your roof because hormonal shifts and changing moods are a normal part of adolescence. But this leaves many parents wondering how they can tell if their teenager’s moodiness is normal or if it is a sign that they are struggling with… Continue reading How Can I Tell if My Teen is Bipolar?
Everyone gets angry and anger can be a healthy emotion when it is handled appropriately. Unfortunately, as the parent of any teenager can attest to, teenagers do not come equipped to expertly manage their anger. They need help learning what is appropriate and what is not and guidance on how to express this emotion in… Continue reading Anger Management Tips for Teens
In part 2 of this series, information on additional mental health conditions is covered. Read Part 1 of the series here. Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: A Parent’s Guide from the National Institute of Mental Health – Provides a great overview specific geared towards parents Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder from WebMD.com –… Continue reading When it Comes to Information, More is Not Always Better – Part 2
It isn’t uncommon for people of all ages to get a little down as fall changes to winter, the days get shorter, and the temperatures drop. In most places around the country, the long, fun, sunny days of summer are gone and the bleak, cold days of winter loom ahead for months. But for some… Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder in Teens