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Depression and Anxiety: 4 Scientifically-Proven Ways Prayer Helps

By Greenbrier Academy / April 26, 2018

According to a 2014 poll by Pew Research, 55 percent of Americans pray daily. Pray is an important part of many individual’s lives; in fact, humans have been praying for thousands of years to different deities and versions of their God. Even those who reported to be atheists and agnostics admitted in the poll that…

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5 Reasons for School Avoidance and Refusal (And How to Handle It)

By Greenbrier Academy / April 5, 2018

School avoidance and refusal, often referred to as school phobia, occurs in about five percent of children and can last well into the teen years. Many troubled teens with this issue refuse to attend school and create (often logical) reasons why they can’t and shouldn’t go.

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4 Common Causes of PTSD in Teens

By Greenbrier Academy / March 15, 2018

  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is more common among adolescents than you might think. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, five percent of teens experience this anxiety disorder. PTSD occurs more prevalently in girls than boys, with 8 percent of girls experiencing it during their teen years and only 2.3 percent of…

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Breakthrough in Equine Therapy for Troubled Teens: HEAL Therapy Model

By Greenbrier Academy / February 16, 2018

Some horses will test you. Some will teach you. And some will bring out the BEST in you. Unknown Many of us grew up with an interest in horses. There is something about their powerful stature and knowing eyes make them a special kind of animal. At Greenbrier, we’ve learned just how special they really…

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Serving Her Community: 5 Mental Health Benefits for Your Teen

By Greenbrier Academy / August 25, 2017

At Greenbrier Academy for Girls, we offer students multiple opportunities throughout the year to express the virtues they’ve learned through Aspirations through service to others. Girls are able to participate in many different projects, including Food for Children, Habitat for Humanity, local animal shelters and Walk for Breast Cancer. Aside from local service, students at our…

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5 Self-Help Activities Your Teen Can do to Better Deal With Depression

By Greenbrier Academy / August 4, 2017

  At our boarding school, we offer many activities students can do themselves to better deal with depression. This includes physical activities, art and drumming. We’ve found that certain self-help activities can make an impact on the lives of the girls who attend Greenbrier, especially those dealing with mental health issues like depression and anxiety.…

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Empowering Your Teenager for True Change

By Greenbrier Academy / August 1, 2017

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, three million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 had a major depressive episode in 2015. That’s 12.5 percent of the teenage population in the United States. Many of these teens come to Greenbrier Academy, and we’ve found that they often have: – Feelings of low…

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Just Acting Up or A Cry For Help? 5 Signs to Look For

By Greenbrier Academy / July 10, 2017

  Parents of troubled teens often brush off their daughter’s actions and say, “She’s just spreading her wings.” When teenagers reach adolescence, it is true that they go through a rebellious phase where they try to figure out who they are, where they fit in in the world and what their life will be like.…

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Your Words Have Power: 4 Things to Never Say to Your Teen

By Greenbrier Academy / June 9, 2017

  Insecurity is the feeling that you’re simply not good enough. This type of low self-confidence can be a crippling and painful experience for a teenager- and an awful one for a parent to witness, especially if you feel helpless in the situation. Insecurities can drive teens to make wrong choices in life, cause a…

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How Divorce Can Impact Your Daughter

By Greenbrier Academy / June 3, 2017

  Even under the best of circumstances, divorce is a painful process for parents and children both. Although almost adults, teenagers are not immune from the impact of divorce. While every family is different and every teenager is different, studies show that in many cases, teens that come from divorced families: – Have higher rates…

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