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Mind the Gap Between High School and Independent Living

Gap years are continuing to be a growing phenomenon. According to the 2015 Gap Year Association National Alumni Survey report,…

Social Unrest and Parenting Teenagers

By Michael Losoff, PhDStaff PsychologistDirector of Adolescent Services Yellowbrick We are all struggling to absorb the intense and frightening social…

Navigating quarantine with your teenager

By Bryn Jessup, PhDDirector, Family Services & Systems,Yellowbrick In Illinois, the governor’s stay-at-home order has meant that you and your…

Can Negativity Make You Sick?

All the worry and fear about the coronavirus may make you wonder if a positive or negative outlook can have…

Paradigm Shift and Youth

By Michael Losoff, PhDStaff Psychologist, Director of Adolescent Services Yellowbrick A book that has had a vivid impact on me, even…

Online as Effective as Classroom Learning

Tracey Reaves, M.A.Coordinator of Adolescent Education and Clinical ServicesYellowbrick Are you afraid that school closures from COVID-19 are going to…

Stepping into the Unknown

By Stephanie BensonNeuroscience Associate, Yellowbrick The Virus is here and it’s changing the world.  We are in uncharted territory. Fear…

Humans are the most experience dependent species that has ever existed on the planet.

Our brain depends on its experiences to build itself. Our genes lay a blueprint, but they actually only contain a…

Vaping

By Marc Sandrolini, MD E-cigarette use, commonly known as vaping, gained rapid popularity after hitting the US market in 2007….

Psychiatric Hospitalization & Safety: Inpatient, or In the Patient?

David Baron, MD A recent article in the LA Times “How to Reduce Suicides on the Psychiatric Ward” offered a…

U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain

U.S. Department of Health & Human Service Office of the Surgeon General Content last reviewed on August 29, 2019 I,…

Going off to and at College: Parents and Emerging Adults in Transition

Jennifer Dunitz-Geiringer, JD, MSW Education and Career Specialist Yellowbrick It is the best of times and it is the worst…

THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN, OR… “WHAT WAS SHE THINKING!?”

By David H. Baron, MD, Medical Director, Yellowbrick This article appears in Evanston Womens Magazine Kaitlyn was an “A” student….

Pressure & Youth Sports Study

Youth sports can offer a wide variety of positive benefits, such as team-building, personal commitment, friendly competition, and exercise. However,…

What You Need to Know About Parenting a Transgender Child

Finding out that you have a transgender child or one who is exploring gender identity can be a jarring moment…

What to Do When Your Son or Daughter Wants to Drop Out of College

College isn’t just about academics—it’s also a life stage that allows teens to transition into life as independent adults. When…

How Parents Can Help Young Adults Make Important Life Decisions

How do you become an adult? By making the important life decisions that determine how you’re going to live. “The…

Signs of Someone’s First Psychotic Episode: What You Need to Know

When you hear the term “psychotic break,” you might picture someone who’s out of control and experiencing delusions, hallucinations, illogical…

Dealing with Depression While Away at College: How Parents Can Help

Going away to college is one of the most life changing events that happens in any young adult’s life, and…

Beyond Fight or Flight: Healing Intergenerational Wounds

When we carry old resentments and unfinished business from our family of origin, it often haunts us in our current…

How to tell if your son or daughter is addicted to marijuana

These days, marijuana use among young adults is downright commonplace. According to a 2014 study by the National Institute of…

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    Bipolar Disorder

    A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.

    Major Depressive Disorder

    People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.

    Anxiety Disorders

    Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.

    Thought Disorder

    A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.

    Personality Disorders

    Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.

    PTSD

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.

    ADHD

    A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.

    Eating Disorders

    Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.

    OCD

    A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.