More Screen Time Lends to More Depression

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. A new study suggests that greater screen time — whether in the form of computers, cell phones, or tablets — may have contributed to a spike in depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts among American teens, particularly girls, between 2010 and 2015. The study, led by a researcher at San Diego State University (SDSU), sheds new light on the need for parents to monitor how much time their children are spending in front of media screens. “These increases in mental health issues among teens are very alarming,” said study leader Dr. Jean Twenge, professor of psychology. “Teens are telling us they are struggling

Why American Teens Are So Anxious

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Psychology Today I recently had a conversation with a parent about why our teens are so anxious and depressed. Many of the points addressed in this article were points we addressed. I would highly encourage every parent to read this article. The New York Times recently published an article called, "Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?" The author, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, chronicled several teens' battle with anxiety over the course of a few years. The article questioned why we're seeing such a rise in anxiety in today's youth. As a psychotherapist, college lecturer, and author of 13 Things Mentall

The Power of Acknowledging Your Teen's Perspective

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. A new study has found that when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the kids have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression. The study, which looked at parenting in two very different cultures — Ghana and the United States — also found that having the latitude to make decisions appears to function differently in the two cultures, with positive outcomes for kids in the United States but not in Ghana. “A parenting approach that allows teens to feel they are being heard has been linked to yout

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