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.

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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 […]
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4 Ways Childhood Trauma Impacts Young Adult Thriving

Reading Time: 6 minutes What happens to us in our first 10 years or so of life will affect every single decade that follows. During this incredibly rapid period of growth and development, our bodies, brains, and personalities are imprinted by our early experiences. That’s why childhood trauma can have such a significant impact on our mental and physical […]
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The Three Pillars of Mental Health for Young Adults

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study has identified the top three health behaviors that support emotional well-being in young adults. These pillars of mental health clearly illustrate the power of the mind-body connection, and offer a road map for how to stay healthy in your 20s, both mentally and physically. Published in December 2020 in the journal Frontiers […]
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Building Community and Connection in an Age of Isolation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Social isolation is the primary factor increasing anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation among young adults during the pandemic. It’s a feeling that’s all too familiar for young adults who struggle with mental health or substance abuse issues. They often feel disconnected and alone, as if no one truly understands what they’re going through. These feelings […]
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How to Know If You Are in an Abusive Relationship

Reading Time: 6 minutes Not all abusive relationships are physically violent. In fact, emotional abuse within relationships is even more common than physical abuse. And it’s harder to recognize, because it can masquerade as an intense form of love and devotion. An abusive relationship often seems incredibly passionate and romantic at first, and then gradually descends into manipulation and […]
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5 Steps for Overcoming Social Anxiety After COVID Isolation

Reading Time: 6 minutes As much as we all want to get back to “normal” life post-COVID, that doesn’t mean re-entry will be easy. After more than a year of social distancing and limited activities outside the home, many people are feeling anxious about what it will be like to spend more time with friends, in groups, and out […]
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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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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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New Research Shows Increasing Depression on College Campuses

Reading Time: 5 minutes College is typically one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life—and also one of the most stressful. Positive experiences of connection, learning, and independence are counterbalanced by academic and social pressures, coupled with the challenges of being away from home for the first time. That’s why college mental health services have been […]
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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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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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How Does Your Physical Environment Affect You and Your Mental Health?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Our everyday surroundings have a powerful impact on our mood and emotions. A dark, cluttered room evokes different feelings than an airy, light-filled space. But the impact goes beyond our immediate reaction—for example, one study found that living in a cluttered home can actually stimulate the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. So exactly how […]
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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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7 Signs of Languishing, and How Young Adults Can Move Toward Flourishing

Reading Time: 6 minutes Mental health isn’t simply “good” or “bad”—it’s a spectrum that encompasses a wide range of experiences and symptoms. On one end of that spectrum is depression, characterized by feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. On the other end is flourishing: a sense of connection, purpose, and meaning. And in the middle is what’s known as languishing—when […]
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The Role of Empathy in DBT Work

Reading Time: 5 minutes by Leigh McInnis, LPC, Newport Executive Director The nature of a healthy, harmonious relationship is that it is mutually beneficial. Both individuals feel assured that they are worthy of being heard, voicing their opinions, and having their wants and needs considered. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) offers the tools to allow this ideal to become a […]
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The Mental Health Toll of Academic Pressure

Reading Time: 6 minutes Academic pressure on young adults has reached intense levels. The stress of getting into the right college, making good grades, and landing the best internships—all in preparation for success in the workplace—takes an enormous toll on young adult mental health. Too often, academic success comes at the expense of young adults’ social and emotional development, […]
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Gender Differences in Emotional Health and Neurobiology

Reading Time: 5 minutes Women are diagnosed with PTSD twice as often as men, while men are more likely to use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their psychological pain. These are just two of the many gender differences in emotional health that research has uncovered. Scientists and mental health experts ascribe these disparities to a number of factors, including […]
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Tips for Families with Young Adults Moving Back Home

Reading Time: 5 minutes For the first time since the Great Depression, the majority of young adults are living with their parents. As of late 2020, 52 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds and nearly three-quarters of the 18–24 age group had moved back home, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s 26.6 million young people—an increase of 2.6 million […]
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Empowering Young Adults with a Strengths-Based Approach

Reading Time: 4 minutes Strengths-based programming is founded on the belief that each person, no matter their challenges, has unique strengths that can support them throughout their life. All too often, our culture prompts adolescents and young adults to focus on their failures rather than their successes. Well-meaning parents, teachers, clinicians, and other helpers and mentors tend to focus […]
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The Effects of Drug Legalization

Reading Time: 5 minutes With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana and other drugs, the debate continues on whether the negative effects of drug decriminalization outweigh the positives. Researchers, policymakers, and public health officials provide arguments on both sides. For mental health experts, however, the most relevant question is how drug legalization will impact rates of substance abuse […]
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Studies Show Alcohol Abuse in Women Is Rising

Reading Time: 5 minutes New reports show that the mental health toll of the past year is manifesting in sharply rising rates of alcohol abuse in women. Social isolation, more time spent at home, and increases in anxiety and depression are driving up drinking rates. In fact, according to recent research, women are engaging in heavy drinking nearly twice […]
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What to Expect in a Sober Living Home for Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes A sober living community can be a great solution for young adults who are in recovery. In a supportive and caring sober living home, young people can build strong connections with peers while learning to live independently. When researching how to choose a sober living home, it’s helpful to have an understanding of what to […]
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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 […]
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The Dangers of Casual Cocaine Use

Reading Time: 6 minutes Is there really such a thing as casual cocaine use? Because of cocaine’s powerful impact on brain functioning, it is highly addictive both psychologically and physiologically. Young adults who use the drug occasionally with friends may not be aware of the dangers of cocaine, including both short- and long-term effects of cocaine on the body […]
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Preventing Suicide Among Young Adults: Statistics and Strategies

Reading Time: 6 minutes An increased risk of suicide among young adults is one of the most troubling effects of the COVID pandemic. According to the CDC, one in every four young adults (ages 18–24) has seriously considered suicide as a result of the pandemic and its impact on their social, academic, work, and family life. These suicide statistics […]
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Why Young Adults Should Build Resilience, Not Resolutions

Reading Time: 5 minutes The year 2020 has taught us that there’s very little we can predict or control. For most of us, plans and goals, whether big or small, have been upended by the pandemic. The only thing we do have control over is our own behavior. So shouldn’t we be making lots of New Year’s resolutions right […]
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Marijuana Addiction Rehab for Young Adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Young adults are more likely than any other age group to smoke marijuana. While cigarette smoking among this demographic has declined and alcohol use has remained level, more young adults are vaping or smoking marijuana than ever before. As a result, the need for marijuana addiction rehab is also on the rise. In addition, the […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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Do Rap Songs About Mental Health Help Reduce Stigma?

Reading Time: 4 minutes When we think about hip hop artists, we don’t usually think about anxious or depressed rappers. Rap artists have a reputation as being tough and invulnerable. But some rap stars are changing that perception—and helping to reduce stigma—by writing rap songs about mental health. In fact, a recent study found that the number of rap […]
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How Sleep Disruption Has Impacted Young Adult Mental Health in 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sleep is essential to young adults’ mental and physical well-being. Getting the right amount and quality of sleep can be a powerful protective factor against anxiety and depression. However, young adults haven’t been sleeping well lately. A global study on sleep and mental health during the pandemic found that young adults got the worst sleep […]
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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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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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3 Essential Resources to Support LGBTQ Young Adult Well-Being

Reading Time: 4 minutes The psychological, political, economic, and social repercussions of the pandemic have hit young adults harder than almost any other age group. And within this demographic, young people who identify as LGBTQ have been even more drastically impacted. A new survey of more than 35,000 LGBTQ youth finds that 69 percent of LGBTQ young adults are […]
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How to Deal with Change Fatigue and Decision Fatigue During COVID-19

Reading Time: 4 minutes As we approach nearly a year of living with the COVID pandemic, the stress of ongoing uncertainty is creating what’s known as change fatigue. And this frustration and exhaustion is complicated by a related issue called decision fatigue. In some ways, we have fewer choices than ever before. Yet at the same time, every choice […]
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5 Reasons Why Treatment Is Important for Young Adults During the Holidays

Reading Time: 5 minutes For young adults, the holidays are typically about catching up on sleep, going out with friends, and spending time with family. Entering or remaining in treatment for mental health conditions doesn’t usually look like an appealing option, even when they know they need help. So why is treatment important even during the holidays? Here are […]
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The Truth About Male Body Image Issues

Reading Time: 6 minutes The stigma around male body image issues often prevents young men from speaking honestly about their experiences and seeking treatment for related mental health challenges.
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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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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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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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How Long Should a Young Adult Stay in Inpatient Care for Mental Health?

Reading Time: 6 minutes When a young adult needs more support than weekly therapy or outpatient care can provide, inpatient care for mental health may be the solution. For young people struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, or co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, inpatient care can provide the environment and support needed for healing. The first […]
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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 […]
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A Growing Need for Young Adult Minnesota Mental Health Services

Reading Time: 4 minutes Like their counterparts around the country, Minnesota’s young adult population is experiencing the negative mental health effects of the pandemic—coupled with a shortage of care. New research shows the one out of every three adults in the North Star State experienced a mental health condition last year. But thousands of those suffering from anxiety, depression, […]
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The Impact of Virtual Isolation on Young Adult Mental Health

Reading Time: 5 minutes Young adults are plugged in all the time, yet they’re lonelier than ever. Separated from peers and mentors, yet connected to technology in every waking hour, Gen Z is suffering from both social isolation and digital overload—hence the term “virtual isolation.” As the pandemic wears on, many emerging adults feel as if their lives are […]
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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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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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What True Unconditional Love Means for Young Adults

Reading Time: 6 minutes We all want to be loved unconditionally—to be loved despite not being perfect. True unconditional love, whether it’s between family members, friends, or romantic partners, supports us to be our best self. When we know we are unconditionally loved, we can go out into the world with confidence and a sense of security. Furthermore, research […]
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The 5 Most Common Types of Party Drugs Young Adults Are Abusing

Reading Time: 5 minutes Young adults use party drugs to enhance social experiences and feel more intense emotions and sensations. But alongside their euphoric effects, party drugs create changes in the brain and body that are dangerous and potentially deadly. Many party drugs are also highly addictive. Use of party drugs has decreased as a result of COVID social […]
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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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Is It Normal If I Don’t Feel Ready to Be an Adult at 21?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Turning 21 can feel like crossing a line in the sand between adolescence and adulthood. In the United States, turning 21 not only grants young people permission to legally drink and smoke, it also marks the official transition to adulthood, and all the responsibilities and expectations that go along with that. However, just because a […]
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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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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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The 5 Most Common Male Mental Health Disorders

Reading Time: 5 minutes Men are less likely than women to be diagnosed with any of the most common mental health disorders, and those who have received a diagnosis are less likely to seek treatment. Yet nearly four times as many men as women die by suicide. Why don’t men receive the diagnoses and care they need to heal […]
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What We Can Learn from Olympic Athletes About Building Mental Resilience

Reading Time: 6 minutes Olympic athletes sometimes seem almost superhuman. Despite immense pressure and the millions of eyes upon them, they remain focused, calm, and collected as they push their bodies to achieve at the highest levels imaginable. But what’s really beneath that façade? Recently, elite athletes have begun to open up about the toll that competition, unrealistic performance […]
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What Are Stimulants, and Which Ones Are Young Adults Abusing?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Young adults are under enormous stress. Between academic pressure, workplace stressors, social anxiety, and struggles with self-worth and mental health, they often feel as if they’re underwater all the time. They don’t have enough hours in the day to fit everything in, and they never get enough sleep. Stimulant drugs seem to offer a way […]
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5 Ways Young Men Can Cultivate Healthy Masculinity

Reading Time: 7 minutes What does it mean to be a “real man”? It means speaking and living your truth, whatever that may be. But that’s far easier said than done in a culture where men feel pressured to adhere to outdated and damaging stereotypes of masculinity. Despite how far we’ve come in dismantling male gender norms over the […]
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The 3 Things Young Professionals Want Most in the Workplace

Reading Time: 7 minutes What do we really want from our jobs, besides a paycheck? That’s a question that millions of people are reconsidering right now—especially young adults. More than 4 million people in the United States quit their jobs in April 2021 alone, according to the Department of Labor, and over 50 percent of 18- to 25 year-olds […]
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The Facts About Asian American Mental Health and Suicide Rates

Reading Time: 4 minutes New research reveals that the youth mental health crisis is taking a heavy toll on the Asian American community. Statistics from the CDC show that suicide is the first leading cause of death for Asian American young adults—accounting for one-third of the deaths among Asian Americans aged 20–24. This is the only racial group within […]
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Is the Young Adult Brain Wired for Narcissism?

Reading Time: 5 minutes By the time we reach age 10, our brains have grown to their full size. But that doesn’t mean they’ve finished developing. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for weighing consequences vs. instant gratification, making thoughtful decisions, and managing emotions, doesn’t fully mature until the mid-20s, and possibly even later. Moreover, the prefrontal cortex, in […]
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Why Young Adults Are Seeking More Genuine Connection in Their Dating Life

Reading Time: 4 minutes What really matters in life? That’s a question people of all ages are asking themselves right now. As we gradually emerge from the stress and anxiety of the past year, it feels more important than ever to focus on the things that bring us joy. And for most people, making real connections with others is […]
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How to Cope with the Sunday Scaries

Reading Time: 5 minutes You may not know it has a name, but you’ve probably experienced it—that creeping sense of dread that comes over you on Sunday night, as the prospect of going back to school or work looms closer. It’s called the Sunday scaries, and new research shows that the pandemic has made it even worse, particularly for […]
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Fear of Leaving the House? It Might Be Pandemic Agoraphobia

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you’ve been experiencing a new or heightened fear of leaving the house, you’re not alone. After a year and a half of constantly changing guidelines around daily activities, it’s not easy to determine what’s safe to do in the outside world. As new COVID variants like Delta and Mu are identified, normal behaviors like […]

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