Choosing Your Mood

Have you ever been in a bad mood that you just can’t shake? Or had a pile of homework but realized you’re not in the mood to get it done? Sometimes we feel at the mercy of our moods — but moods aren’t things that just happen to us. We can influence and change them. […]

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Why Do People Get Depressed

Depression is very common in teens. It affects people of every age, economic situation, and race. So what causes it? Why do some people get depressed but others don’t? No One Reason for Depression Lots of things play a role in whether a person gets depressed. They include things like our genes, brain chemistry, and medical […]

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Your Secret to Staying Motivated

We ran a survey asking our visitors how well they do when it comes to setting and meeting their goals. What better time to do this than when everyone’s making (or breaking!) New Year’s resolutions? Gabby, 14, made a resolution to change “everything” this year, asking “Why live if you don’t move forward?” Like Gabby, […]

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Motivation and Power of NOT Giving Up

Have you ever set a goal for yourself, like getting fit, making honor roll, or being picked for a team? Like lots of people, maybe you started out doing great, but then lost some of that drive and had trouble getting motivated again. You’re Not Alone! Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. […]

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How Can I Improve My Self Esteem

Self-Esteem Defined We all have a mental picture of who we are, how we look, what we’re good at, and what our weaknesses might be. We develop this picture over time, starting when we’re very young. The termself-image is used to refer to a person’s mental picture of himself or herself. A lot of our self-image […]

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Fears & Phobias

This article talks about: What Is Fear? How Fear Works Fears People Have Fears During Childhood Phobias What Causes Phobias? Overcoming Phobias The roller coaster hesitates for a split second at the peak of its steep track after a long, slow climb. You know what’s about to happen — and there’s no way to avoid […]

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Eating Disorders

This article discusses:  Anorexia Bulimia Binge Eating Signs of Anorexia & Binge Eating What Causes eating disorders Sports & eating disorders Effects of Eating Disorders Treatment of Eating Disorders   Eating disorders are so common in America that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with one. Each year, thousands of teens […]

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Bipolar Disorder

What Is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorders are one of several medical conditions called depressive disorders. Depressive disorders affect the way a person’s brain functions. Depressive disorders are widespread. In the United States alone, it’s estimated that more than 17.4 million adults have a depressive disorder each year. That works out to about 1 out of […]

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Anxiety Disorders

What Is Anxiety? Liam had always looked out for his younger brother Sam. But whenever Sam took the late bus after soccer practice, Liam worried about him so much he couldn’t concentrate on his homework. Liam watched the clock, worrying and imagining the worst — picturing bus accidents and fearing, for no particular reason, that […]

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5 Facts About Goal Setting

These practical tips on goal setting can help make it easier to set and reach goals: Specific, realistic goals work best. When it comes to making a change, the people who succeed are those who set realistic, specific goals. “I’m going to recycle all my plastic bottles, soda cans, and magazines” is a much more doable […]

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