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Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, has been studying the brain for over 20 years. His unique focus has been exploring the effects of meditation and mindfulness on the brain, and he has come to recognize that meditation and mindful awareness can alter brain function, mental activity, and interpersonal relationships. His research and extensive books and articles on the brain, has led to providing easy to understand descriptions of difficult scientific concepts about the brain. Read more!

Teen Depression Treatment | Parent Treatment AdvocatesThe amount of stress that comes with high school can be overwhelming. It sometimes requires your will and determination to manage the demands placed on you by friends, parents, and teachers, not to mention your own self-imposed expectations.  When you’re feeling a high level of stress, remember that not all stress is working against you.

Although stress is the number one cause of physical illness, it’s important to keep in mind that a certain level of stress is needed to actually promote health and well-being. For example, having some stress can motivate you to study for an exam. Feeling the pressure of getting into a good college might encourage you to fill out college applications. The strong desire to have a date for the party this weekend might prompt you to ask a girl out. Read more!

Teen Depression Treatment | Parent Treatment Advocates

Psychotherapists report that depression is the most common mental illness that they see in their practice. Despite this, there is still question about the most effective ways to treat depression. Specifically, what are the best ways to encourage a depressed teen towards recognizing dysfunctional thoughts, regulating their emotions, and finding hope long enough to move through depression into a lasting sense of happiness? Read more!

Gifted Teen Depression | Parent Treatment AdvocatesThere has been an increase in youth suicide in recent years, including suicides and suicidal ideation among gifted adolescents. Although there is no direct evidence linking suicide with the unique population of these children, many researchers in the mental health field are beginning to explore this connection and recognize that additional research is needed.

It is only recently that mental health professionals are becoming more aware of the unique psychological and emotional concerns of gifted children and teens compared to non-gifted children. Some of the specific impairments that a gifted teen might experience include: Read more!