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Many parents feel that it is their fault when their teens become addicted to drugs or alcohol. They want to do everything they can to help their child, but they also feel an enormous amount of guilt. Substance abuse therapists work to help teens during recovery and they work with families who need help coping with the causes. While teens may be focused on moving forward one day at a time, their families are often looking back wondering if they missed the warning signs.

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By Samuel Sprague

State and Local Policy major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

From a young age, I fell into a trend that I think many can find relatable. I committed to reading as little as possible. When I was required to pick out a book, I would wander through my elementary school library until I found something with a low enough page count and short enough title that I could get away with skimming. On rare occasion, I read a book for myself, but this was a pattern I followed until high school.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mental health is something that a lot of people have but do not talk about. It can be hard to know if someone is struggling with a mental illness. Anxiety is just one of many mental illnesses that people deal with on a daily basis. If you know someone who struggles with anxiety, here are some ways that you can help and support them in their times of struggle.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

With a much more sophisticated approach to diagnosing and understanding mental illnesses than was present in the past few centuries, historians and psychologists are able to look back at some of the most influential historical figures and put together the puzzle pieces–what were once seen as abnormal behaviors can often be reinterpreted as symptoms of a retroactively diagnosed mental disorder.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

It is important for children to know how to identify and handle their feelings. There are many times in school when they do not know how to handle the emotions that they are feeling. As a school psychologist, it is important to have the tools to help children identify and handle their emotions. Here are some tools you can use when counseling children.

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