Category Archives: Education

Would Keeping Cell Phones Out of Schools Help Teens’ Mental Health?

Experts Disagree on the Effect of Cell Phones on Adolescent Mental Health We recently published an article called Why Are Teens Lonelier and More Depressed? that discussed the state of mental health in our adolescent population as of 2021. Evidence from a wide variety of sources shows a marked deterioration in the overall mental health […]

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Back-to-School Anxiety for Teens Entering High School

For many teens, finally making it to high school is a dream come true. It’s something they look forward to from the moment they see all the older kids and teenagers having fun and exciting high school adventures in movies and on television. Compared to middle school and elementary school, they see starting high school […]

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Helping Teens Return to Structure and School

For most families across the U.S., this past year has been like no other. We all know why: the pandemic. We hope that it’s ending and that most of us are on the verge of returning to life-as-usual. Or perhaps a better way to say it is we’re returning to a new normal. But there’s […]

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OCD Treatment for Youth: Current Standards in Psychiatric Care

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy + Medication are Standard Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Youth Here’s something anyone reading this article – teens, parents, therapists, interested members of the public – should understand about OCD: Treatment for OCD works and can improve quality of life and overall wellbeing for anyone with OCD. With that said, we’ll offer […]

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What Is an IEP/504 Plan and How Will It Help My Teen?

Academic issues often go hand in hand with behavioral problems. Studies show that teens with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), alcohol/substance use disorder (ADU/SUD), or other mental health issues often have trouble in school. They may have a hard time sitting still or paying attention during class. […]

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Returning to the Classroom: Six Ways to Prepare For a Successful Transition

With the publication of the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on opening schools safely, and updated safety guidance regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant, many educational institutions around the country are beginning to open for in-person instruction, if they haven’t opened already. This news comes as a relief for some parents who’ve […]

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Virtual School: How to Reset for a Better Second Semester

By now we should all be experts at virtual school. We had a practice run last spring, time to recalibrate over the summer, and then a second shot at virtual school this fall. This article is for families that haven’t quite got the hang of virtual school yet. We understand. Virtual school is not for […]

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Rates of Mental Health Symptoms and Substance Use in Santa Barbara High Schools

Teens in the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) took a survey last year to gauge their rates of substance use and mental health issues. This survey, called the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), asked public school students statewide about a number of different issues in their lives: family connectedness, safety and crime at school, […]

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