A-Z Teen Health Glossary

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 They might become frequently sad, withdrawn, or even appear as though nothing is wrong.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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How To Support Your Teen Even Without a Close Parent-Teen Relationship

    Teens need support from their parents, caregivers, and other adults because of the demands of this stage in life. And it’s not only the physical, emotional, and psychological, changes they’re going through, but it’s also the academic, social, and family demands they are often expected to meet. Sometimes, these demands are simply unrealistic…

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How to Manage the Anger in Your Teen

      Teens can get angry over many things. They might feel like you don’t understand them. They might feel like you are stifling their individuality or independence. However, most of these circumstances are common and can be easily managed. When teens are angry due to a significant event in their lives, such as…

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Teens with Mental Illness Need More Than Just Medication

        When teens struggle with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental illnesses, medication can help ease their challenging symptoms. Medication can balance the mood swings in bipolar disorder, lessen their anxiety, and prevent periods of depression. However, underneath those symptoms there may be underlying issues that led to the…

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One Teen Talks Openly About Her Panic Attacks on Facebook

    In an attempt to change the incessant stigma that comes with mental illness, a teen recently made a post on Facebook highlighting the difference between her “normal” self and a side of her most people don’t see – what she looks like right after a panic attack. The post got an enormous amount…

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Teens: You Might Actually Enjoy Therapy

  Sometimes therapy gets a bad rap among teens. There you are sitting in front of someone you barely know and you’re supposed to share your deepest thoughts and feelings. Sure, that’s what it might feel like in the beginning. However, if you give therapy a chance, you might find that it can be supportive…

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Why Even Gifted Teens May Experience Mental Health Challenges

  You might suspect that a teen who is gifted in math, science, or academics in general has got it made. They don’t have to worry about grades, or jobs for that matter, later in their life. You might believe that they have a golden ticket through life. However, more and more experts are becoming…

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The Differences Between Stress, Distress, and Anxiety in Teens

  Adolescence can be a stressful stage of life. We all experience and manage stress differently. However, for some teens, stress can turn into anxiety. And that anxiety can become so persistent that teens may need professional assistance in order to manage it. However, distress is something a bit different than both stress and anxiety.…

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Generalized Anxiety Disorders in Teens

  A fantastic resource for teens with mental illness and their parents is this website: TeenMentalHealth.org.   This site contains a thorough description of the many illnesses that can affect teens and how those disorders can get in the way of their lives. Additionally, this site also includes ways to cope with those illnesses as…

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Make a List of Those Who Support You If You’re Struggling

  Many teens feel like they are alone in their experience. They might feel lonely, lost, confused, afraid, or depressed. And with these feelings, they might consider themselves alone, without support. It’s common for teens to believe that no one understands them and that no one is going to fully get what they’re going through…

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