A-Z Teen Health Glossary

The Psychological Task of Adolescence and How Parents Can Help

    When a teen reaches about age 13 or 14 they begin to enter a stage in life where they will reach for their independence. As you already know, a teenager is at a unique crossroads. They are at the uncomfortable intersection between being a child, under the influence of parents and teachers, and…

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Study Suggests Teens Who Drink Jell-O Shots Are Vulnerable to Binge Drinking Later

    Jell-O shots are common among some groups of teens. They’re a form of Jell-O that has alcohol mixed into it. One study examined the connection between the use of Jell-O shots and risky drinking behavior later in life, such as binge drinking and a higher frequency of drinking.   The study was conducted…

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Talk Therapy May Help Teens who Refuse to Take Medication when Depressed

  Typically, when a teen has a diagnosis of depression, they may be given an anti-depressant. Antidepressants are used to treat not only moderate to severe depression in teens, but also other psychological disorders such Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Antidepressants can also address the painful mood…

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Teach Your Teen Mindfulness for a Lifelong Coping Tool

    Mindfulness is a practice that can be supportive, regardless of age. It can benefit many levels of one’s being – the body, mind, and heart – even if only practiced from time to time. Although there are specific benefits that a teen will notice immediately, mindfulness can have long-term, positive effects on one’s…

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How to Help a Grieving Teen

    When a teen loses a friend or loved one, they may have a wide range of responses. They might become frequently sad, withdrawn, or even appear as though nothing is wrong. Parents and caregivers might not know exactly how to respond to grief, especially if they’re grieving too. In situations such as divorce,…

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Teen Social Media, Cell Phone, and Internet Addiction on the Rise

A new study by Common Sense Media reveals that teens feel addicted to social media and their mobile devices. The study found that 50 percent of teens between the ages of 12 and 18 feel addicted. In addition, 60 percent of parents feel that their child is addicted to social media and mobile devices. Founder…

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Teen Anxiety is a Manageable and Treatable Illness

      Let’s say your teen tends to worry about things. For instance, she may worry about the fact that her younger brother is going to miss the bus to school. But if that worry prevents her from being able to concentrate on her school work or prevents her from having a conversation with…

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Teens: If You’re Struggling with an Addiction, There’s Help

      If you’re facing an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you should know that getting help can eventually bring healing. You might have experienced the difficult challenges that come with addiction. The fact that you can’t stop – that alone can be scary. Or you might find yourself needing to drink first thing…

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The Ongoing Fight for Equality and Access to Care for the LGBTQ Community

  In a misguided and unethical step to foster discrimination against the LGBTQ community, the Tennessee General Assembly has presented a bill to allow therapists and counselors to reject providing care for patients that would violate “(therapist) principles” which, as of now, remain undefined.  This bill comes on the heels of the recently passed North…

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Why Healthy Relationships with Adults Are Important for Teens

  Research is now revealing just how important relationships are, even from the start of life. Infants are looking to their parents for reflection, affection, and attention. They need long moments of loving gaze to help them build a strong foundation for a healthy self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-regulation – or knowing how to manage emotions…

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