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Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Have Your Teens Been Looking For Molly?

When I am doing presentations on drugs to high school teenagers, one of the many questions I get asked is “What is a Molly?” Many teens have heard of the drug Molly, some have even tried it while many more are simply curious about the drug they are hearing so much about through the music …

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Keeping Teens Safe During Prom Night

It’s Prom season again and teenagers across the country are getting ready for the big night, spending lots of money on dresses, hair, make up and alcohol. Yes, alcohol. The other day I happened to glimpse at one of my 17 year old client’s cell phone screen and saw that she was in the middle …

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depression comix #120 (rape, suicide, self-harm trigger warnings apply)

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Why Are Teens Inhaling Condoms and Cinnamon?

Teens are great with coming up with pointless and sometimes dangerous fads that prove to us adults that their brains still aren’t fully developed. Thanks to the internet, those fads spread like wild fire, putting more and more teens in danger. Remember The Cinnamon Challenge? If you have no idea what I am talking about, it’s …

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Day of Silence

Did you know that today is the Day of Silence? If you didn’t know, don’t feel bad because I was just educated about this last year by some of my students. What is the Day of Silence? The Day of Silence is a nation wide, student led movement to bring attention to anti-gay, lesbian, bisexual …

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My Journey To Becoming A Therapist

“What made you want to become a therapist?” That’s one of the most frequent questions I get asked by adults, many who marvel at me as if the ability to sit with, empathize, listen to and accept someone just as they are is some mystical superpower bestowed upon a select few. Many follow that question …

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Parents Who Use Psychological Aggression May End Up With Troubled Children

A University of Minnesota study suggests that mom’s who yell at their babies put them at a much greater risk for conduct problems later in life. In the study, scientist followed 260 mother’s and their children from birth until first grade and found that roughly handling and harsh speaking lead to more aggression among those …

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Parents: Have The “Sex Talk” With Your Teens Or I Will

I don’t really like talking to other peoples kids about sex although as a counselor in a high school it’s something that inevitably happens. I wrote earlier about talking to preteens about sex, but I’m finding that many teens have never  had the “sex talk” with their parents beyond their parents threatening to kick them out or …

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Disordered Eating And Body Image Issues In Teenage Girls: Part 1

Working in a high school with teenage girls, I come across teenage girls with body image issues regularly. Take for instance, one of my 15 year old clients who is so convinced that she is fat that when I first met her she was only drinking water mixed with apple cider vinegar for breakfast and …

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Setting Expectations And Rules For Your Teen

As I thought about this post, I watched as four young teens, approximately 13 years of age, two boys and two girls, stood on the corner flirting for a second night past 10pm on a school night. I started thinking that sooner or later, one or both of those young girls is bound to end …

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