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ACE Test Aids in Depression, Suicide Awareness in Troubled Youth

By Daryn Reiner | September 8, 2021

Depression and suicide in the United States among troubled youth have been on the rise prior to 2020. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are proving to be key factors that influence these events in teens and adolescence. ACE Test Factors – A Breakdown ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are those that occurred before a child’s eighteen birthday.…

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Nature Immersion – The Ways and Whys It is Important to Integrate It Into Daily Life

By Ryan Walton | August 7, 2021

For decades, studies spoke about the importance of our exposure to nature and the benefits. However, it seems like it took a global pandemic to magnify nature as an important essential that the general public treated mostly as a leisurely pursuit, was content to view from an office window, or considered a ‘nice to have’…

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Nature is Medicine — Even for Indoors-y Types. Let Us Count the Ways.

By Ryan Walton | July 29, 2021

Research has shown that nature is indeed a form of medicine and contributes to what Deschutes Wilderness Therapy is today. However, for those who are less inclined to seek nature — even during a pandemic, getting those benefits may seem out of reach. These people may have bad memories of camping/hiking expeditions gone sideways and ongoing challenges…

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What is Anxiety Disorder and What It’s Not. Know When Your Teen Needs Treatment.

By Ryan Walton | June 28, 2021

Identifying anxiety in your troubled teen may not be a straightforward assessment.

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Canine Therapy Is Helping Youth Overcome Pandemic Events

By Ryan Walton | June 1, 2021

Prior to the introduction of therapy dogs, kids weren’t sharing their emotions. Now, with canines they are talking about their feelings.

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In Their Words

By Ryan Walton | May 5, 2020

The most frustrating thing is getting people to understand where you are at. Physical disease is much easier for people to empathize with.

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