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Is Mental Illness Genetic? Genetic Factors Explored

Understanding the Biology and Genetics of Bipolar Disorder

Are mental illnesses inherited or are they a result of a person’s environment? This question drives scientific investigations, shapes conversations in society, and affects how people view mental health. But finding the answer isn’t simple. Below, we’ll explore this issue, considering how genetics, environment, and personal experiences all play a role. What is Mental Illness?  […]

What Parents Should Do When Their Teenager Lies to Them

How to Handle Teen Lying

Let’s cut to the chase: teen lying happens. It’s almost one hundred percent certain your teenager has lied or will lie to you about something at some point during their teen years. A prerequisite for learning anything of value from this article is admitting that fact to yourself. And yes: it’s not without a sense […]

Why Do Teens Run Away?

They Feel They Have No Other Choice Every teen is different. Every family is different. Therefore, when family dynamics break down, and a teen decides to run away, each leaves for their own reasons, in response to specific circumstances unique to their personality and their family situation. However, with an understanding of the varying forces […]

Adoption Awareness Month: The Effect of Early Trauma on Adopted Adolescents

Our first post for Adoption Awareness Month discussed the seven major issues common to all adopted children. Let’s recap those before diving into the specific effects early trauma has on the physiological, social, and emotional development of children. The seven core issues of adoption are: loss, rejection, guilt/shame, grief, identity, intimacy, and control/mastery. While every […]

The Benefits of Sports for Teens

Eight million teens played sports in high school last year, based on a survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). That was a record-breaking high. In fact, the number of high school athletes has been increasing for the last three decades. With so many adolescents playing sports, it’s worthwhile to talk […]

4 Benefits of Sending Your Teen To Residential Treatment During The Summer

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As the parent or guardian of a teenager dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues, deciding on the best course of action can be an overwhelming and heart-wrenching task. You want the best for them, and sometimes, the best option might be to enroll them in a residential treatment center. Although the decision to […]

Neurodiversity and Autism: Understanding the Connection


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects millions of individuals worldwide, and while it is a lifelong neurological condition, it is also a part of the neurodiversity movement. Neurodiversity is an approach that embraces the natural variations in human cognition, recognizing and celebrating the differences in the ways people think, learn, and process information. This article will […]

Neurodiversity and ADHD: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents

Depressed teen visiting psychologist

If you are a parent with a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, you may be wondering what exactly this means for your child. ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. While attention deficit can be a challenging condition to manage, it’s important to understand that […]

Neurodiversity Symptoms

What Therapists Say About Neurodiversity Symptoms

Neurodiversity is a term that has gained widespread recognition in recent years, and for good reason. It refers to the natural variations in brain development and behavioral traits in humans. Furthermore, neurodiversity recognizes that not everyone thinks or processes information the same way.  As awareness of neurodiversity continues to evolve, individuals and healthcare professionals are […]