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Mental Health of U.S. Teens

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Research has shown that one in five teens has a diagnosable mental health disorder.  It is estimated that 60 to 90 percents of those will not receive any type of care.  Teen males between the ages of 16 and 17 are the least likely to receive any type of treatment.  These figures are astounding to know that teens have the likelihood for mental disorders.  One hampering factor to diagnosing is the huge shortage of professional workers who will assist teens. The teen years are typically when mental health issues will surface.  As teens bodies change their chemical makeup begins to release new personality traits.  Teens with mental disorders are more likely to engage in alcohol and drug abuse leading them to a much deeper problem.  Depression is the most prevalent mental health issue.  Learn the warning signs of teen depression:  warning signs .  If a teen exhibits these traits take them seriously and seek professional help because the third leading cause of death among young people is

Worth a look: IRS, health & teen driving

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Tax season is upon us.  Within the next several months millions of people are filling their taxes.  If you have adopted a child, you may qualify for a tax break.  Any form of monetary relief is encouraging and welcoming.  Visit the IRS's adoption benefit FAQ page to find where you qualify. adoption benefits faq When's the last time you got home from work and your stomach was crying for food substance?  Probably yesterday.  Kids are much like us they crave food after a busy and long day at school.  Here are easy tips to eat more healthy foods. healthy food tips Pealed rubber, tire tracks, and a visit by the police officer is not how you want to begin your driving record.  Helping teens drive safer on the roads is a parents responsibility.  Teens need someone to teach them the rules of the road.  Check out these easy tips to use with your teen. teens driving Quote of the week: Patience is also a form of action. -Auguste Rodin

Eight Self Care Tips for Families

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Prevent care taker fatigue by following these eight simple tips: 1. Acknowledge your hard work because if it was easy more people would do it. 2. Ask for help. 3. Share experiences with others who have fostered or adopted. 4. Take breaks. 5. Participate in training conferences. 6. Talk with a counselor. 7. Stress is common when children leave. 8. Understand the reality of your situation. Resource Adoption Resources of Wisconsin: http://wiadopt.org/Portals/WIAdopt/Tipsheets/TakingCare/fpSelfCare.pdf