How to Recognize Depression and Anxiety in Teens

Suicide rates in the United States over the past 15 years have skyrocketed, making suicide a growing epidemic in our country. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that a suicide occurs in the United States once every 12 minutes. And the Centers for Disease Control reports that in children and young adults ages 10 to 2...

7 Ways to Make Your Home a Haven for Youth

Five years ago, the American Psychological Association (APA) published the results of an intensive survey on the youth of America and the pressures they face. The results were somewhat surprising—and quite troubling: Today’s youth report stress levels higher than those experienced by adults. Norman B. Anderson, PhD and CEO of the ...

Helping Men Reach Optimal Mental Health

One of the more common tropes in television and movies is that of the man lost on a country road, stubbornly refusing to look at a map or ask any passersby for directions back to the interstate. We all laugh at the character’s expense, many of the women knowingly nodding their heads, some of the men getting just a little defensive. These ficti...

Nine Things Not to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Death is often referred to as life’s great equalizer. And, it’s true, we all die eventually. But the manner in which a person grieves the loss of a loved one is varied, complex, and unique to that individual. Grief is multi-layered and full of many other emotions, such as anger, guilt, and abandonment. Because ...

12 Ways to Boost Emotional Intelligence

Very often in life, we look at a person who has made it through a difficult time—the death of a loved one, abuse, a natural disaster, a horrific accident—and applaud that person’s ability to persevere by using words like brave and courageous and fearless to describe them. Sometimes these words are, indeed, true descriptors of th...