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Middle School

When the words “middle school” come up in conversation, many reactions result—few of them positive.  This response seems to transcend age groups, affecting children, teenagers, and adults similarly.  These pivotal years in the American school system seem to mark the transition between childhood and adulthood, and can prove just as difficult to navigate for the

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Lauryn’s Law: Maryland’s Latest Measure for Teenage Suicide Prevention

Teenage suicide prevention is never an easy topic for a community to talk about. But we’re hopeful that the recent passage of Lauryn’s Law will make that conversation a little bit easier. What is Lauryn’s Law? Lauryn’s Law requires school counselors in Maryland to receive regular training so that they can recognize the signs of mental

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Knowing When to Seek Mental Health Services for Your Child in Maryland

Central Maryland has several options for mental health services for children. But how do you determine when your child truly requires psychological or psychiatric assistance? 3 Signs that Your Child Could Benefit from Professional Mental Health Services (1) Your child experiences persistent emotional distress. It’s common for children to experience emotional ups and downs, whether

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Alarming Teen Suicide Statistics Released by CDC

Teen suicide deaths by suffocation increased among young men and young women between 1994 and 2012, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released on March 6, 2015. One of the most alarming statistics? Suicide deaths by suffocation increased across demographic and geographical subsets during the 18-year period. We could soon see

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Teen Stress Management 101: Stay Organized by Matthew Fitzgerald

As the school year progresses into full swing, the number of responsibilities, commitments and activities can easily become overwhelming. As we become more flustered and frustrated, our ability to adequately manage those responsibilities is reduced. Try out some of these simple strategies for teen stress management  to keep burnout from bringing you down. Use an organizational

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The Pressure to Achieve: Helping Children Find the Balance Between Keeping Up and Running Themselves Ragged by Dr. Bomba

Today’s children are faced with a unique set of circumstances and pressures that are far different from those experienced by people growing up in previous generations. The pressure to achieve and “keep up” let alone “get ahead” feels much different than it used to. We live in a fast-paced society in which “keeping up with

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Therapy Myths De-Bunked by Sylvia Hanna, M.S.

Myth: Therapy is only for “crazy” people. False. Therapy does not mean that you are “crazy.” Many people who may be struggling with a wide range of issues seek therapy. These issues can be as small as dealing with minor stressors to more complex and long-standing difficulties. In fact, some people even come to therapy

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It’s always a good idea to just check-in with your teen by Dr. Pia Stanard Marancik

Have you screened your teen this year? Parents routinely bring their teenagers to the doctor’s office to ensure healthy development and to identify potential medical problems. However, very few parents bring their youth to a mental health specialist to screen for healthy emotional functioning. Primary care physicians have a difficult time screening for emotional distress.

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Top Ten Tips for Talking to Teens by Dr. Erin Stoll

Talking to teens can sometimes be frustrating. How can a parent break through the brick wall? Try these 10 tips for communicating with your teen. If you want your teenager to talk to you, first you have to be able to be a good listener. The next three tips will help you to be a

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Teens and Technology – Some Guidelines for Parents by Dr. Erin Stoll

The youth of today have the world at their fingertips, literally. Just a few taps on a computer keyboard or smartphone and they have access to almost anything. This can be an overwhelmingly positive tool in light of the vast amount information and knowledge available online. However, it can be a scary thought for parents

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HELP! My Daughter is Cutting

HELP!!! My Daughter is Cutting Ten Facts About About Teen Self Injurious Behavior * By Dr. Gail K. Walter All too frequently The Family Center receives calls from parents, horrified by the discovery that their child has been has been cutting the skin on her/his arms, legs or torso. This is a frightening discovery and

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