Seasonal Depression

January 20, 2017
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Identifying Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents

When we observe the behavior and attitudes of our teens whose brains, bodies, forethought and judgement are still in development, they might look like they are oversized kids – uncoordinated, sometimes goofy and lacking in proper problem solving skills. Their moodiness and poor emotional control make it easy to identify typical adolescent behavior. However, some differences, like identifying how differently depression looks between adolescents and adults, are not so easily distinguishable. It is important to be cognizant of symptoms that, although may occur for adults, are prevalent among teenagers suffering from depression. When we think about depression symptoms the first […]
June 1, 2016
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Using Horses to Help Teens Manage Their Moods

Approximately 14.3 percent of youth in the United States struggle with mood disorders (youth.gov). These disorders can lead to a variety of other behaviors—acting out, substance abuse, trouble in school, promiscuity, self-harming behaviors, withdrawing, violence, and more. Having a teenager who struggles with any type of mood disorder can take a real toll on parents. Many people may not know that finding help for their struggling teen may be as simple as putting them in touch with one of nature’s best and most natural therapists—the horse. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of mood disorders and bipolar […]
February 15, 2016
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“And Then Puberty Kicked In”

In my career I have always loved working with teenagers, they always keep things exciting.  Teenagers are growing and learning through many developmental experiences.  One of these experiences is puberty.  This was illustrated to me by my own son.  He came into our room one night and woke me and my wife up because he couldn’t sleep.  He was obviously distressed.  We had him sit on our bed and we started questioning him why he couldn’t sleep.  He went through a number of life stressors that he was going through at this time.  He mentioned his science project that was […]
July 15, 2015
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Seasonal Affective Disorder

By John Nielsen, LCSW We have shifted into the fall season in Utah at Heritage. It is a great opportunity to discuss the impacts seasonal changes have on mental health. Autumn usually brings shorter periods of daylight and crisp evenings. The leaves begin to change to yellow, orange and red. This is the beginning of a depressive phenomenon called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short. Most research agrees that this type of depression can cause disruptions to our mental health. The symptoms may be subtle, just as the changes of the season in the fall.  Most clinical belief is […]

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