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Failure to Launch and Young Men: The Mental Health Crisis

Failure to Launch and Young Men: The Mental Health Crisis

How Stress and Anxiety Has Contributed to a Generation of “Avoiders” and “Isolators” Young men are experiencing quarter-life crises at an alarming rate. Men are struggling to graduate college, step into the workforce, step into independent adulthood, and deal with adversity and setbacks in life. But what is behind this epidemic of failure to launch guys? Psych Bytes presents a...

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How to Talk About Marijuana with Your Teen

How to Talk About Marijuana with Your Teen

The Do’s and Don’ts of Discussing Marijuana With Your Teen Marijuana use among teens, which had declined from the late 1990s through the mid-to-late 2000s, is on the rise again. Government data show that almost 40 percent of U.S. high school students have tried marijuana, about 20 percent are current users and close to 10 percent first tried...

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How Safe Is Marijuana Use Among Teenagers?

How Safe Is Marijuana Use Among Teenagers?

I began my counseling career in the field of marriage and family therapy. One stereotype about therapy involving multiple folks is that each person’s sole goal in therapy is to convince the therapist that (1) their perspective is right, (2) the other person’s perspective is wrong, and (3) all the problems would cease if the...

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Failure to Launch and Young Men: The Educational Dilemma

Failure to Launch and Young Men: The Educational Dilemma

Young men are experiencing quarter-life crises at an alarming rate. Men are struggling to graduate college, step into the workforce, step into independent adulthood, and deal with adversity and setbacks in life. But what is behind this epidemic of failure to launch guys? Psych Bytes presents a multi-part series exploring the changing landscape of the teenage...

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Technology is Stressing Out Americans

Technology is Stressing Out Americans

The American Psychological Association’s Stress in AmericaTM poll shows parents struggling to balance personal and family technology use. I hate talking on the phone. I find it to be a necessary evil. Many years ago, my wife forced me to get a cellphone. I had fought getting a phone, simply because I hate talking on the...

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The Psychological Benefits of Volunteering

The Psychological Benefits of Volunteering

Want to work on improving your mental well-being this summer? Start out with helping others! My youngest daughter finally celebrated her eleventh birthday with her friends this past week. Despite her birthday falling in April, her softball commitments in the spring prevented her from hosting a party until school was over. One of the coolest...

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5 Health Habits to Live By This Summer

5 Health Habits to Live By This Summer

Summertime has arrived and with it comes a shift in schedules, activities, and priorities. Kids are out of school. Families take vacations. Schedules are no longer centered around school, tutors, or carpool. Now cookouts, vacations, and camps control the itinerary. Don’t Turn Relaxation into Unhealthy Living Summer is an opportunity to relax and take a...

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Today’s Teen Culture: Mental Health Awareness

Today’s Teen Culture: Mental Health Awareness

[The information in this article was originally published on Shrink Tank in May 2017 and inspired from the hit show “13 Reasons Why”.] What Is It Like to Be a Teen in 2017? “Bye Bye Childhood!” One of the biggest developments for childhood and adolescence is that puberty is occurring earlier than in past generations. ...

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I Caught My Teen Using Drugs: How Worried Should I Be?

I Caught My Teen Using Drugs: How Worried Should I Be?

Imagine This Scenario… I’m sitting down with frantic parents who have just discovered their teen has smoked pot. These parents are also convinced their son has drunk alcohol, but they don’t know for sure. It’s not easy for parents to know how to address alcohol and drug use with their children. How do parents hit...