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Category Archives: The Perplexed Minds of Teenagers

Embracing Your Teens Sexual Orientation

When I worked as a high school mental health counselor, I worked with a lot of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens who struggled with telling their parents about their sexual orientation. Many of them felt like they had to keep their sexual orientation a secret which of course caused them a lot of anxiety and …

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Childhood Bullying Can Have Lasting Psychological Affects

It’s back to school time again and while parents are gearing up and are excited about the new school year, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone about childhood bullying. Often bullying is seen as a normal part of growing up, almost as a harmless rite of passage, but we have …

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Signs Your Teen May Need To See A Counselor

Very often I have parents ask me if I think their teen needs counseling. They will tell me about different behaviors they have observed and pretty much ask me if it is “normal”. The advice I normally give is, if you think your teen needs counseling, they probably do. I have seen more instances of …

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Parents Call Police When Discovering Their Teen Was Sexting

When the parents of a 13-year-old 8th grader in Virginia discovered that their daughter was sending and receiving nude images of other teens on her tablet, they did what many other parents would do, they questioned their daughter and investigated farther. What they found concerned them enough that they did what many parents would not …

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Co-Rumination: Talking Too Much Can Lead To Depression And Anxiety In Adolescent Girls

For the most part, adolescent girls talk more than adolescent boys.  They just do. Little girls generally start talking sooner than boys and even as children are able to verbalize and express themselves much more efficiently. This ability to communicate has many advantages, especially in helping develop social-perspective taking skills (the understanding of other peoples thoughts, motivations, …

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Study Links Shows Like 16 And Pregnant To A Drop in Teenage Pregnancy

There have been times I’ve been critical of shows like 16 and Pregnant because I thought that they glamorize teenage pregnancy by exploiting the teenage girls on the show and even making celebrities out of some of them. Having worked in a high school in the past with a fairly high rate of teenage pregnancy, …

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How Your Teen Gets In Their Own Way And How To Help Them Stop Sabatoging Themselves

Working with teenagers for as long as I have, I realize that many of them come with various challenges, from emotional and educational challenges to family issues that seem to drag them down. However, in a majority of the cases I’ve worked with, the teens themselves are usually the ones who are getting in their …

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Monitoring Your Teen: Your Perspective VS Their Reality

I recently watched an episode of Dr. Phil where a mother thought her 15 year old daughter was a popular teen and earning good grades. This mom thought she had the perfect teen, until one day her daughter disappeared and was found days later by the police. Only then did her mother find out that …

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One Teens Attempted Suicide

Today I got one of those out of the blue phone calls that I dread. I was out of the office preparing files for an upcoming audit when I got an email from one of the teachers at the school I work at asking me to call her as soon as possible. There’s always a …

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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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