This is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. You are still young, you have opportunities to participate in music, athletic, and other organizations, and still hang out with friends. You are old enough to choose the fun things you want to do, independent enough to do them without mom and…

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Have you ever felt like you are invisible? That no one knows that you even exist? Do you watch other people hanging out, doing things together, or even just texting each other? Have you watched as people share knowing looks or an inside joke and wished that you had someone like that, too? Being social…

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Failure. It is a word that instantly brings a negative emotional and physical response even when we read it. Failing a test feels bad and failing a class can feel even worse. But failing to get into the college you want or failing to achieve what you want in life seems like the worst thing…

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Negative thoughts can have so much power. It’s not like they show up like a bruise or some kind of swelling or something that you can tangibly notice. They are tucked away in your mind, quietly and exponentially replicating and infiltrating your daily thoughts. Without any notice at all, depression has control over your brain,…

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What other people say about you is very impactful. Particularly when you are naturally inclined to believe what other people think about you. Add in unrealistic media images, unnatural fashion trends, and other life experiences that send messages to you about what you should look like, and seemingly simple words and thoughts and images can…

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Adolescence can be very, very challenging. There are so many changes, so many decisions, and so many pressures, but it can also be fun! You can be active, have friends, even fall in love. Those two scenarios may seem worlds apart, especially if you suffer from depression, anxiety, addiction, or other conditions that impact your…

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You feel so alone, so worthless. The word depression does not begin to describe where you are at right now. So many negative thoughts. Perhaps you even think that the world would be better off without you.  But that’s where you are wrong.  It may feel impossible to see when you are so depressed, but…

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The fact that so many adolescents struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns is fairly well known. The fact that substance use is so prevalent amongst adolescents is not exactly news, either. However, much lesser known is what happens when someone with depression or anxiety also has a substance abuse problem. This is…

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Sometimes it just feels like everyone’s expectations of you are too much. The pressures of school and work are increasing as your time is decreasing. More is expected of you than previous generations, with less free time to relax and enjoy life. The call of social media and other internet pastimes is a loud voice,…

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Perhaps you have felt it before.  A certain song comes on, and immediately you feel different. Maybe you smile or even start to dance, or maybe you feel a little melancholy and your body feels more relaxed or even tired. It is well known that music can influence our mood in the moment, but can…

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