Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright

“We’re the first generation that cannot escape our problems at all,” says Faith-Ann. “We’re all like little volcanoes. We’re getting this constant pressure, from our phones, from our relationships, from the way things are today.”


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Ways to Give Help

Your donations at work in our community: The Food Bank of El Dorado County is a collaborative network of local charities. When you make a contribution to the Food Bank, your donation helps non-profit establishments throughout El Dorado County. No other single non-profit can help so many. Your dollar simply goes further here. Efficiency is of high importance to us. We know that every penny adds up, and every penny saved can help someone else in our community. In these challenging economic times, good families are struggling in El Dorado County. Please join us in our efforts to help our community and end “hidden hunger.”

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Volunteer

What’s really exciting and unique about El Dorado County Habitat’s work, is that we provide opportunities for hundreds of people and organizations to get involved. When we work together to help people be successful homeowners, we create successful communities, because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities.

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Childhood Trauma Can Mean Early Death. This California Mom Wants to Beat the Odds

The first research was conducted in the late 1990s and recently popularized by San Francisco pediatrician and author Nadine Burke Harris. Doctors behind the first study dubbed these childhood traumas “adverse childhood experiences,” or ACEs, and devised a measurement scale: For each negative experience a person had, his or her “ACE score” would go up by 1 point.



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Teen Happiness Plummeted After 2012. Here's One Possible Reason Why ...

An analysis of 1 million teens showed those who spent more time on the internet, playing computer games, on social media, texting, using video chat or watching TV were less happy.

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Parent Info: Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

One of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you don’t always know what your children are thinking and feeling. You may be aware that suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescence, but you can’t imagine your child might become one of those statistics. When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about? How can you know if suicide is a risk for your family? And if you are worried about it, what can you do?

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12 ways to raise a competent, confident child with grit

How to hit that sweet spot of appropriate protection and independence

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Apps Stirring Up Trouble in Schools

This year's hottest social media can fill the school day with drama and distraction. 

Ask any middle or high school teacher about their classroom frustrations, and you'll probably hear "cellphones." Makes sense. Today, 95 percent of teens have access to a cellphone, and nearly half say they're on them "constantly."

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Exercising to relax

How does exercise reduce stress, and can exercise really be relaxing?

Rest and relaxation. It's such a common expression that it has become a cliche. And although rest really can be relaxing, the pat phrase causes many men to overlook the fact that exercise can also be relaxing. It's true for most forms of physical activity as well as for specific relaxation exercises.



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Talking with your kids about the news

Sometimes —even if your kids don't want to talk about the news— it's important to find a way to talk anyway.

These conversations are particularly useful if the news has a direct effect on your children's life , such as when security at the airport increases before a family trip. Discussions about disturbing events are equally important —for example when a hurricane displaces thousands of people or a local crime causes panic in the community. Talking about wars, elections, and even holidays helps children gain an awareness of the world around them and their place within it.

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The Family Meditation Session

Asking a child to sit still for meditation doesn’t sound like a recipe for easing stress.

Yet more families are making a few shared minutes of quiet contemplation a part of their daily routines. When handled with flexibility and a sense of humor, they say, the practice can calm their children, reduce stress and anxiety and help them focus.

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Why Your Teen Struggles with Motivation

Helping your teen become more motivated.

You want your son to become more proactive in following through with his chores around the home and completing his school assignments on a timely basis. But there is a dance you both engage in, which involves you periodically allowing some time to elapse before his lethargy becomes intolerable. 

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The Teen Brain: It's Just Not Grown Up Yet

When adolescence hit Frances Jensen's sons, she often found herself wondering, like all parents of teenagers, "What were you thinking?"


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Teens Are Still Developing Empathy Skills

Vital Social Skill Ebbs and Flows in Adolescent Boys; How to Cultivate Sensitivity

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My College Advisor

My College Advisor (MCA) provides expert, personalized consulting for all stages of the college admissions process. Our services include academic and test preparation, school selection, personal statement and financial aid navigation, and more.


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Oak Ridge College and Career Center

The Career Center is open 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Stop by for help with career exploration, college planning, work permits, scholarships, and much more! Stop by with your questions or to get connected with upcoming opportunities, college visits, workshops, and presentations. 

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