Talking to Teens About Substance Use

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Go ahead, it just relaxes you and makes everything seem alright” said the teen as he passed the joint to another teen. The other teen looked at the joint reluctantly and then said, “I would, but my parents would totally freak out. You don’t understand how dead I would be if they ever found out.” The teen got up to go to another part of…

Teens Tech Use and Impact on Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It was late at night and the room was dark except for the glow of the computer screen. The adolescent boy was hunched over the computer playing just a little more of World of Warcraft before heading to bed. Thirty minutes later, he logged off the game and laid down in bed. Despite feeling exhausted, he could not seem to fall asleep. It took nearly…

Screentime in the Summer

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun is bright outside and the kids are out of school for summer vacation. Rather than hearing the yelling of kids playing outside, it is eerily quiet. As the father goes back inside to finish some chores around the house, he notices that all three of his children are looking at the screens on their various electronic devices. One child is texting to friends…

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