screaming child demonstrating oppositional defiant disorder

What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Adolescence can be a difficult time for many teens and their families. While mood swings and an overwhelming need for independence are common during this phase, more severe or disturbing behavioural trends like oppositional defiant disorder can sometimes signify a problem. What are the symptoms associated with this condition? Why is professional treatment essential to…

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Holistic Approach to Behaviour Treatment for Teens

When teens struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, it’s rarely a standalone issue. Often, young people and adolescents are dealing with other underlying mental health issues or behavioural issues. More commonly, substance abuse goes along with behavioural problems like anger, lying, poor academic performance, or violence. Treating substance abuse alone is not recommended for a…

teen boy with hands over face sitting next to backpack showing signs of drug use

3 Signs of Drug Use Parents Shouldn’t Ignore

If you’re a parent of a teen showing signs of drug use, it’s essential to seek treatment quickly. As teenagers strive for independence, it can be difficult to know if an underlying problem exists. Teenagers naturally branch out and distance themselves from parental influence, making it difficult to detect possible signs of drug abuse. However,…

teen boy sitting on ground defining substance abuse

Defining Substance Abuse: Is My Teen at Risk?

Despite a recent plunge in teen illicit substance abuse, it’s still a significant issue plaguing the young people of our country. Additionally, prescription drug abuse in this age group has increased recently. Also, underage drinking and subsequent alcohol addiction is a common problem among teens and young adults. Defining substance abuse can appear tricky to…

cyberbullying teens on their phones

Cyberbullying Teens Harass the Helpless

More and more kids are being bullied in their own homes under their parent’s very noses. It’s called cyberbullying and it’s a troublesome trend involving the use of cell phones, Facebook, and other social networking sites that allow teens to connect and bully others. Cyberbullying teens abuse their peers and those teens who are cyberbullied…

sad young girl dealing with teen depression

Making Sense Out of Teen Depression

As parents, we may sometimes feel that teens are overdramatic. Because they’re going through various physical and mental changes, it’s normal for them to overreact at times, particularly with emotions like sadness. However, when does sadness cross over into teen depression? More importantly, for teens struggling with depression, how can parents best support them? Simply…