A-Z Teen Health Glossary

At Risk Youth, Mental Illness, and Addiction

The term at-risk youth is used frequently, but what does it mean exactly? Those in the mental health field tend to use the phrase freely but it’s worth explaining more clearly what the term means.   In general, at-risk youth are those children who have had distressing childhoods and by virtue of their circumstances are…

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The Reduction of Harm Model for Teens with Addiction

Most people have heard of the 12-step model for treating addiction, developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). However, there are other models that parents, caregivers, and teens may want to know about.   Although the 12-step method has been incredibly successful and has supported millions of people around the world with achieving sobriety, there are some…

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Bipolar Disorder in Teens Versus in Adults

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar Disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. For children and teens, Bipolar Disorder will develop in about 1-5% of those under 18 years of old. However, when Bipolar Disorder develops…

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Finding the Right Diagnosis for Your Teen

Believe it or not, sometimes psychologists and therapists can be wrong. You might take your teen to a mental health professional and discover that the diagnosis that he or she provided, just isn’t right. Of course, you know your child best, and the therapist is relying upon his or her knowledge of certain diagnoses, but…

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A List of Self Care Tips for Parents of ADHD Teens

If you’ve raised a child with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you’ve likely seen plenty of struggle, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and excessive talking. You’ve probably faced some difficult parent-child moments! For that reason, this article will provide some tips to find some moments of care for yourselves and for the family.   It’s hard to have an…

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The Truth About the Oppositional Defiant Teen

Parents of teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) exhibit a bit more of a challenge. This disorder is characterized by a pattern of angry or irritable behavior, vindictiveness, and argumentativeness. To be diagnosed, an adolescent must display four symptoms from one of the following categories: angry or irritable mood, argumentative or defiant behavior, and vindictiveness.…

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Teen ADHD Symptoms and Practical Tips for Parents

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is an impulse-control disorder that is a common mental illness among children and teens. In fact, it is so common that some clinicians believe it is grossly overly diagnosed for the benefit of pharmaceutical companies who want to sell their medication as well as parents who want to understand the misbehavior of…

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Struggling with Teen Addiction: Allowing Your Teen To Fail

As parents we want the best for our children. We would never put them in situations in which they would harm themselves or others. However, when it comes to the abuse of drugs and alcohol, the parent-child relationship can easily get skewed.   Often, parents continue to support, and even enable, their children thinking that…

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The Healthy and Unhealthy Risks of Adolescence

Taking risks in life is necessary. It’s the way to grow, to stretch yourself, and to test your own self-limitations. However, in adolescence there are healthy risks to take and some not so healthy risks. This article will explore both of these and the differences behind them.   As you can imagine, unhealthy risk-taking includes…

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Teens Who Use Social Media Need To Be Careful

There are more and more stories on the Internet about children and teens who have used social media in the wrong way – whether that’s to bully a peer, to criticize a friend, or to disclose information that really should have stayed private. These scenarios have led to lawsuits, suicide, depression, and death. In other…

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