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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 […]
January 12, 2016
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Four Ways to Connect with Your Teenager

  Some of the relationships I’ve developed with teens over the years as a recreation therapist have been very meaningful. Building relationships is not easy, nor does it happen quickly; it takes time and effort to create healthy meaningful relationships of trust with teenagers. Adolescent years can be difficult for parents to navigate but having a strong relationship with your son or daughter can make all the difference. Below are four tips that might help you strengthen the connection you have with your teenager. Find out what they enjoy and learn about it Ask them about a video game they […]
December 17, 2015
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Parental Guilt and Compassion Fatigue: Part 2/2

Human empathy exposes us to a range of vulnerabilities that tend to physically and mentally break us down into parenting mush!  We lose our effectiveness, our parenting moxie, the belief that we should be better than we have become.  And the evidence…our son/daughter is in residential treatment.  The guilt discussed previously drives us to a breaking point.  Often we think we should just buck up and take it.  But if you really look at your effectiveness at home, in the work place, with other relationships that seem to deteriorate with not knowing why?  I suggest the human system can only […]
December 14, 2015
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Parental Guilt and Compassion Fatigue: Part 1

Let’s just clear the table of the thanksgiving turkey and agree, all parents who remove their children from the home to residential care are empathetic !  Even if your teen has scolded you into believing otherwise. Because of your great capacity to just take it, parents become exposed to a variety of traumatic situations, either by witnessing them or learning about them from their children or other professionals.  If this hasn’t happened then on to the next blog. As we move into the holiday season I want to take a few minutes to remind parents of a couple items.  One, […]

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