Parents

Dealing with depression as a young adult is challenging. You’re not alone.

By Kelsey McGaha / March 19, 2021

What is depression? A major depressive episode is defined as a sustained period of time, two weeks or more, with loss of interest or lack of pleasure in life that affects regular routine or day-to-day functioning.  Typical symptoms of young adult depression can include: Fatigue Feelings of worthlessness Feelings of guilt Difficulty concentrating Inadequate amounts…

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Struggling with difficult family relationship dynamics? You could be part of an enmeshed family.

By Greg Ostler / March 12, 2021

What is enmeshment? Enmeshment is a psychological concept that describes relationships between two or more family members with unclear personal boundaries, often leading to deep emotional pain. Many people don’t realize that they are part of an enmeshed family because it is almost always unintentional. People do realize the deep emotional pain that exists within…

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The 12 Must-Read Books for Parents of Young Adults

By Greg Ostler / February 4, 2021

The key to forming long-lasting relationships with your adult children comes down to something very simple: understanding. Understanding your adult children will open doors to critical conversations and will convey the love and support you want to provide, which your young adult craves. All of us, no matter the age, struggle to connect with others…

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Transitional living: Not a teenager, not an adult

By Kelsey McGaha / January 4, 2021

The transitional period between being a teenager and being a young adult is inevitable. Usually, that period only lasts a few years. For some young adults, it can last longer…much longer. As students graduate high school or college and work towards independence, there can be barriers to adulthood. Anxiety, depression, self-confidence issues, lacking life skills…

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Residential program: Life at Embrace

By Kelsey McGaha / January 4, 2021

Students and parents often ask what a typical stay is like at Skyterra Embrace. During a stay at our wellness program, women ages 19 to 29 learn tools and strategies they can immediately apply to daily practice. Students explore nutrition, fitness, life skills, and mental health while challenging the ways in which they have been…

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Independent Living: Thriving outside of the nest

By Kelsey McGaha / January 1, 2021

The comforts of home keep many young adults from leaving the nest. Responsibility doesn’t exist, there are no bills to pay or schedules to follow. There is no stress or anxiety from going to college, dealing with roommates, finding a job, or deciding what other paths to take in life. There’s too much pressure in…

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Anxiety Camp: Overwhelmed by the world

By Kelsey McGaha / December 31, 2020

What is anxiety? Anxiety disorders are a group of disorders that are characterized by intense, excessive, and continuous worry and fear about typical everyday situations. Many young adults with an anxiety disorder are so scared and stressed that they are not able to function properly. Anxiety impacts the way that students feel and behave. These…

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More than Peter Pan: About Failure to Launch

By Kelsey McGaha / December 31, 2020

What is failure to launch? Failure to launch is also known as Peter Pan syndrome, after the famous story of the boy who never grows up. Young adults stay home, do not seek employment, and begin to withdraw from the world. Many young adults need time to launch into the world. Those experiencing failure to…

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Boot Camp: Life help for young adults

By Kelsey McGaha / December 31, 2020

Families with extreme concern for the young adult in their life may look for help in a boot camp program. These types of programs are often short-term and use military tactics involving strict discipline, rigorous physical activity and corporal punishment. Parents turn to military-style boot camps to save their child from: Manipulative behavior Future incarceration…

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