Teen Mental Health

Parenting Style as a Risk Factor for Adolescent Depression

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Teen depression is more than just typical angst and moodiness. Depression is a severe mental disorder that affects mood and causes a chronic state of sadness, despair, or hopelessness. Without professional treatment or therapy, it can severely negatively impact a …

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Common Red Flags That Your Teen Has Bipolar Disorder

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Teen bipolar disorder presents in similar ways as it presents in adults. Still, because of young people’s unique physical, emotional, social, and psychological challenges, bipolar disorder in teens can masquerade as extreme examples of normal teenage behavior. This makes identifying …

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Mental Illness Not Uncommon for Young Adults But Can Lead to Substance Abuse

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Few people make it through the teen years wound-free. During this time, teens are taking their first individual steps socially, romantically, and even intellectually. This can be nerve-wracking for even the healthiest teen. The fears and vulnerabilities of adolescence make …

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What Are The Obvious – and Not So Obvious – Signs of Depression in Teens?

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Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions. Many people think of depression as a disorder that primarily impacts adults.  However, it also impacts a significant number of teens. As with adults, depression in teens may range from …

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Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse: What are the Connections?

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The connections between social media, teens, and substance abuse are often quite tight. Parents may not even realize that their children are taking lessons from social media stars. Even worse, they may be getting pressure from friends on social media …

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Teen Drinking Leads to Lasting Deficits in Memory, Ability to Learn

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New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that teenagers who engage in regular, intermittent drinking can unwittingly trigger lasting dysfunction in the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. How can teen drinking affect …

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