Insights Into Teens

Insights Into Teens: Episode 98 “Body Anxiety”

This week we talk about Body Anxiety. We’ll talk about what it is and some of the leading causes of Body Anxiety. We’ll look at physical appearance concerns in teens in general, how fashion plays a role in Body Anxiety, what physical self evaluation is and the difficulties in combating social expectations that lead to Body Anxiety. Finally we’ll look at some of the ways that parents can help with adolescents deal with Body Anxiety, promote a positive self image and better understand the challenges teens face regarding this topic.

Insights Into Teens

Insights Into Teens: Episode 89 “Teen Acne”

This week we tackle a common problem in adolescents, acne. Specifically we’re talking about teen acne. We’ll take a look at exactly what acne is from a clinical standpoint and what some of the most common causes of teen acne are.

Then we’ll take a look at the psychosocial impact of acne on teens. We’ll look at how it can trigger depression, low self-esteem and social withdraw. This can lead to negative impact on education and professional work if left unchecked.

Finally we’ll explore twelve simple but helpful ways to help manage acne. From simple face washing, to weather or not to use facial scrubs, how often you should shower and whether or not too much sunlight can make things worse.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 78 “Summer in Quarantine”

This week we’re talking about the various things that Madison did this summer in quarantine. COVID-19 has seen the normal summer vacation time period turned on it’s head. With a summer filled with stay at home days it’s proven challenging to keep Madison occupied and entertained. Without the usual weekend trips, vacations and outdoor activities to draw on we had to get creative with different projects, virtual camps and other things to keep her challenged, engaged and motivated. We’ll discuss all of the things we’ve done to accomplish exactly that in this weeks episode.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 70 “School Refusal”

Anxiety, stress and fear in a teenager can lead to an unwillingness or inability to attend school. This week we discuss what School Refusal is. We’ll look at the symptoms and warning signs to look for. We’ll investigate some of the common causes of School Refusal. And we will look at some of the ways that parents and guardians can help their children overcome some of these issues.

Teenage years are stressful in nature. Add to that the social awkwardness associated with school, the expectations of performance in school and the random variables of bullies, peer rejection, family conflict and underlying anxiety disorder and you have a perfect storm. Supporting our children and ensuring they have an outlet to work through these issues is key. We’ll talk about this and much more in this week’s episode.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 32 “Back to School Stress”

This week we look at some of the stress factors that are freaking our kids out with frenzied Back to School activities. From gathering school supplies to orienting yourself to a new school we discuss many of the things that worry teens during this time of year. We’ll talk about concerns fitting in with new students, adjusting your sleep schedule, anxiety over remembering your classes and the general expectations parents, teachers and even students place on themselves.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 30 “Getting to Know You Part 1”

Another question and answer session where we get to know Madison a little bit more. With questions published by Licensed Clinical Psychologist Doctor Kristi Wolfe we learn more about Madison through forty questions ranging from Personal and School to Social activities and standards. It’s a candid look at a typical twelve year old and a great example for conversation starters for parents finding it difficult to communicate with their children. This is part one of a two part series, check back next week for the other half of our question and answer session.