Pat Schanz
National Board Certified
Licensed Professional Counselor

The Teen Brain:
Still Under Construction

        This article from the National Institute of Mental Health can help you understand your teen a little better.

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       So often well-meaning parents and family members say things like, "boys will be boys," or "she's just too sensitive." Waiting for children to grow out of a certain "phase" is like waiting for a painful tooth to heal itself. Click the link below to read an article about

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The Importance of Children's Mental Health
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How to Talk to Kids About Divorce
ADHD Nation
Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic

By Alan Schwarz

The groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society.

How Screens Are Hijacking
Our Kids

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Click to listen to an interview  about how screen time can lead to anxiety, depression and other disorders with Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., LCSW, an addictions specialist and Clinical Director of the Dunes, a holistic mind-body rehab center in Easthampton, N.Y. . His new book is called “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – and How to Break the Trance” (St. Martin’s Press).

Click to read a review of this compelling new book.