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Video: Addressing and Overcoming Test Anxiety

Taking tests can be stressful. That’s a fact most of us know from experience. But in today’s increasingly competitive world filled with high-stakes exams, far too many students find themselves overwhelmed by severe test anxiety. Unaddressed, this stress can become debilitating and prompt teens and...

Podcast: Recognizing and Addressing Mental Health Disorders in Teens

Jeff talks to Dr. Guvenek-Cokol about the challenges that children and teens face in today’s world and the impact they can have on their mental health. They discuss the warning signs that parents can look out for that can differentiate “normal” teenage troubles from more worrying concerns and how to...

Everything You Need To Know About Child & Teen Mental Health

Child and adolescent mental health has finally started to get the attention it deserves. Behavior that was once seen as kids being kids—like teens being rebellious or children misbehaving at home or school—may be due to the onset of mental health conditions in young people. Over half of all cases of...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in Kids and Teens

While working on a project together, you see a friend packing up their work supplies in a very neat fashion. You can’t help but point out that they’ve organized all their pens to be lined up in order of color and all facing the same direction in their box. “Oh,” they reply. “That’s just my OCD.”...

Video: Caring for Burned-Out Caregivers

Caring for others can be a joyful and beautiful experience—or it can be detrimental to our well-being. Burnout in caretaker populations can go easily overlooked, as most attention may be given to the person being looked after. A caregiver with burnout often feels overwhelmed and may be physically...

Video: Supporting Loved Ones Struggling With Addiction

When someone you care about is living with an addiction, there are many obstacles to address and overcome—both separately and together. When someone has an addiction, it can impact all parts of their lives, as well as the lives of those around them. Knowing the best way to help a loved one with an...

Video: How To Support Someone With Depression

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States between the ages of 15 and 44. Yet, there is still stigma around the condition. Many believe that you can “just snap out of it” or that depression is simply a bad day or two. In addition, using the word casually can minimize the...

Podcast: Caring for Burned-Out Caregivers

Jeff talks to Marie Clouqueur about the challenges that come along with caregiving. From maintaining and building a support circle to reaching out for help when needed, Jeff and Marie discuss the best ways a caregiver can support themselves, and therefore better care for their loved one. Marie...

Podcast: Helping Older Adults Manage Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Jeff talks to Dr. Brent Forester about dementia and other cognitive disorders that are often found in older populations. They discuss the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how to navigate treatment and support a loved one living with these conditions, and some of the current...

Video: Redefining Self-Care in Kids & Teens

Self-care can be interpreted in a variety of ways—for some, it’s taking a walk; for others, it’s reading and having a cup of tea. But for children and adolescents, self-care can be as simple as anything they enjoy doing that helps keep them happy while maintaining good mental and emotional health...

Podcast: Supporting the Mental Health of Student Athletes

Jeff talks to Cali Werner about her experiences as a student athlete with mental health challenges. They discuss the accessibility of mental health care for student athletes, and where students should turn for help. They also talked about ideas for how coaches and school counselors can better...

Supporting Kids and Loved Ones in the Wake of Recent Tragedy

Immediately following a violent event, the number one priority is to save lives and treat the physical wounds of the victims. But in the days and weeks following the event, as those physical wounds begin to heal, we must be cognizant of the psychological wounds that, while invisible, can be equally...

Video: Promoting Positive Mental Health in K-12 Students

There’s no question that teachers and faculty members at elementary, middle, and high schools play critical roles in the educational growth of the students in their care. Through their work, they have the power to impart knowledge, foster a love of learning, and help shape future careers. It’s...

Video: Understanding ADHD in Kids & Teens

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in kids and teens. However, it can also affect adults if left undiagnosed or unaddressed. It can have an impact on the emotions and behaviors of children, and it can affect their ability to...

Podcast: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids & Teens

Jenn talks to Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale about identifying and addressing perfectionism in kids and teens. Elizabeth explains the varying signs and symptoms of perfectionism, shares short- and long-term impacts of unaddressed perfectionism, and answers audience questions about how we can teach our...

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Being a teenager is difficult. Teens go through many changes, including social and educational changes and hormonal mood swings. Sometimes teens act without thinking if they will get into trouble, with out-of-character actions, thoughts, and feelings all being part of the typical teen experience...

The Effects of Trauma on Military Members and Their Families

Members of the armed forces can face stressors and traumatic events. These experiences can lead to trauma-related mental health disorders. Trauma can impact military members in different ways, including feelings of anger or isolation from family and friends. Service members can develop PTSD or other...

Podcast: Supporting Loved Ones Struggling With Addiction

Jeff talks to Dr. Julie McCarthy about how to best support those we care about who are struggling with addiction. Julie shares ways to remain compassionate in difficult times, explains the external factors that can help or hinder the recovery process, and provides advice on facing the ups-and-downs...

Understanding Child Abuse and Its Effects on Mental Health

Children are among the most vulnerable people in our society. This is true across continents, cultures, financial situations, and ethnicities. Our youth are a precious resource and one we should guard carefully. Unfortunately, many kids are at risk of or are currently experiencing child abuse. While...

Podcast: Redefining Self-Care in Kids & Teens

Jeff talks to Dr. Jennie Kuckertz about the importance of self-care among children and adolescents, and how to incorporate self-care into the daily lives of kids and teens. Jennie shares ways to explore different types of age-appropriate self-care, explains the short- and long-term benefits of self...