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 […]
July 16, 2016
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Helping Teens Process Their Feelings After Trauma

Very often at Heritage, a school for troubled teens, we see students who’ve faced trauma act out. No one is immune to traumatic events, from witnessing violence to being abused, anyone can suffer from trauma.   The good news is that teens are resilient, and with the right help, they can – and will — heal. It’s good to remember that the experience of a traumatic event is unique to the child going through it.  Their view of what happened is encoded in the brain according to the senses recording the event.  Their perception of what happened is unique to their […]
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 […]
May 17, 2016
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Using Nature as Therapy

For as long as history has been recorded, human beings have felt a deep connection to the land and world around them. This connection has been a normal part of children’s lives as they grow, and many of us can remember running through fields and catching fireflies or exploring a nearby creek. For some of us summer vacation meant a return to nature and escaping a stifling classroom. Unfortunately, this has been changing over the last couple of decades. Climate controlled homes, video games, electronics, phones, computers and other factors play into this. Some students who come to Heritage come […]

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