An Integrated Approach to Young Adult Mental Health Rehab

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We’re dedicating to empowering young adults and their families, helping them to build the skills and healthy habits they need to thrive. To that end, we’re compiling a robust library of articles and research to inform and inspire our readers as they work toward greater happiness, health, and meaning in life.

Mental Health

The Journey of Healing the Inner Child

Reading Time: 5 minutes By Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC, Vice President of Clinical Outreach Within each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, is an inner child—with all the emotions and vulnerabilities of our younger selves. This inner child represents our capacity for innocence, wonder, awe, joy, sensitivity, and playfulness, and it also holds our accumulated […]
Mental Health

How Family and Loved Ones Can Protect Against Compassion Fatigue

Reading Time: 3 minutes The term “compassion fatigue” has traditionally been used to describe a common experience for first responders, medical providers, and those in the helping professions. Sometimes known as secondary trauma, it occurs when those who are routinely exposed to others’ trauma begin to experience some of the same symptoms. However, compassion fatigue doesn’t just impact frontline […]
Mental Health

What Is a Digital Detox and Why Should You Do One?

Reading Time: 7 minutes We are constantly plugged in to the virtual world, even more so in the age of COVID. Our daily lives consist of regularly checking emails, responding to texts from friends, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or TikTok, and getting news alerts. Now much of our socializing and work life takes place online as well. That makes […]
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Social Media Narcissism in Young Adults

Reading Time: 4 minutes Narcissism is defined as a fixation with oneself and one’s physical appearance or public image. It’s a word that could describe many young adults, because they’re at a stage of life when they are establishing their identity and figuring out who they are in relationship to others. But is narcissism on the rise among young people […]
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How Young Adults Build Executive Functioning Skills

Reading Time: 4 minutes As adults, we rely on a set of cognitive proficiencies collectively known as executive functioning skills. These capabilities help us to navigate life’s challenges, persevere in the face of stress, and meet our full potential. They dictate our capacity to make healthy choices, allow us to focus on important tasks so that we can complete […]
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The Benefits of Young Adult Group Therapy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Even if they haven’t had personal experience with mental healthcare, most people are familiar with the one-on-one setup of an individual therapy session. This traditional talk therapy format offers a safe space to process the highs and lows of the healing process with a trusted clinician who can offer guidance and support. However, group therapy […]
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5 DBT Tools to Help Young Adults in Assessing Risk

Reading Time: 5 minutes There are always risks in life. But during a pandemic, even everyday activities can feel risky. Young adults are struggling right now to balance concerns about keeping themselves and others safe with their natural developmental need to connect with others and explore their world. Because the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which controls self-regulation, is not fully […]
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Preventing Suicide Among Young Adults: Statistics and Strategies

Reading Time: 6 minutes New mental health research shows that young adults are suffering right now more than any other age group. In fact, an increased risk of suicide among young adults is one of the most troubling effects of the pandemic. According to a CDC survey in June, 25.5 percent of adults ages 18–24 seriously considered suicide in […]
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Recovery from Trauma and the Mind-Body Connection

Reading Time: 5 minutes The mind-body connection is a powerful force. The mind and body are designed to be allies, working in sync to maximize our physical and mental health. But sometimes they work against each other. Like most relationships, the mind-body connection can be complicated. There is no doubt that our minds and bodies are deeply connected. Our […]
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How to Identify the Symptoms of Grief

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’re feeling agitated, irritable, and down on yourself, it might not be for the reasons you think. Instead, you might be experiencing symptoms of grief. Sadness isn’t the only emotion associated with grief. And grief doesn’t look or feel the same for everyone. It’s a complicated emotion that comes in many forms and manifests […]
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The Role of Self-Compassion in Trauma-Focused Care

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ever since psychologist Carl Rogers introduced the concept of unconditional positive regard, mental health professionals have been looking for ways to leverage the quality of the therapeutic relationship to shape outcomes. But research shows that it isn’t just the interpersonal dynamic between patient and provider that counts. The amount of compassion a person has for […]
Mental Health

How Climate Change Anxiety Affects Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Young adults will inherit a world that is deeply impacted by climate change. Thus, a large portion of this generation feels both hopeless and helpless about the future of the planet. As a result, young adults often experience what’s known as climate change anxiety, or eco-anxiety. Mental health experts agree that climate change anxiety is […]
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How to Navigate Through Change as an Emerging Adult

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whether they’re heading back to the office, back to a college dorm, or back to IRL communication after time in isolation, young adults are reentering a world that is fundamentally different. The pandemic has forged a new normal for these emerging adults as they face personal changes, professional changes, and stressful return-to-work guidelines. Fortunately, this […]
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6 Daily Self-Care Practices for Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes For young adults, self-care isn’t always a priority. The pressures of college and/or starting a job can make basic self-care seem more like a luxury than a necessity. But making a commitment to incorporate self-care practices into your daily routine can create a positive difference not just now, but for the rest of your life. […]
Mental Health

Self-Care for Activists: 8 Practices for Young Adults

Reading Time: 4 minutes Young activists are speaking out about today’s most pressing social issues. Recent polls show a high level of engagement among young adult and teen activists regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic racism, and police brutality. Furthermore, today’s young adults believe that they are making a difference: In a survey conducted in June 2020 by […]
Treatment
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Family Therapy Goals Foster Connection

Reading Time: 3 minutes Setting and achieving family therapy goals is an important part of mental health and substance abuse treatment. In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of marriage and family therapists is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2018 and 2028. This projection reflects the increasing popularity of the integrated care model, […]
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Creating Authentic Connections: Healing Relational Trauma

Reading Time: 7 minutes Authentic connections—close, supportive, and nurturing relationships—are essential to mental health. Research shows that the quality of our relationships is directly linked to our happiness, well-being, and self-esteem. Unfortunately, early childhood trauma can impede our ability to create and maintain healthy relationships. When the parent-child bond is disrupted early in life, we carry the psychological scars […]
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Are Cigarettes a Gateway Drug?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Research shows that alcohol and marijuana can serve as “gateways” to using harder drugs. But there’s another gateway drug that young adults should be aware of: nicotine. Smoking cigarettes or using e-cigarettes in your late teens and early 20s creates changes in the brain and body that can make young people more apt to experiment […]
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Codependency Disorder & Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Codependency disorder is a type of dysfunctional relationship in which one or both people experiences an unhealthy level of reliance on the other. A codependent person may feel they are worthless without the other person.
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What Does Too Much Sugar Do to Your Body?

Reading Time: 6 minutes It’s common knowledge that eating too much sugar and processed foods can lead to health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes in young adults. But that’s not all.
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Top 10 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

Reading Time: 6 minutes The food we eat has a powerful impact on our mental health. Therefore, a nutritious diet that supports young adult well-being includes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats—foods you should eat everyday.

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