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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Teen Pregnancy Rates are at an All Time Low

    Overall, the number of teen pregnancies in the United States has declined significantly over the last 20 years. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the teen pregnancy rate has been falling by half since 1991. Although the numbers are still somewhat high in certain populations of people, generally…

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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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How to Help Your Teen Feel Loved

    If you’re concerned that your teen doesn’t feel loved by you, there are many ways in which you can communicate your love. Saying “I Love You” is important, but that’s not the only way you help your teen feel emotionally and psychologically close to you. You can help your child feel loved by…

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How to Help Your Teen See Academics as a Priority

Most parents are proud of the fact that their child is doing well in school. However, when a teen ignores academic responsibilities or makes other facets of life a priority, parents might feel frustrated and even angered by this. Some teens simply don’t care about school. They might find their friends, social engagements, creativity, or…

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What Teens Need for Good Mental Health

    There are all sorts of parenting styles, family dynamics, and relationships that can affect a teen’s mental health. For instance, one family might have a loose structure where the children are going to bed later at night and perhaps not always getting the amount of sleep they need. Another family might have a…

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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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Meth Use Among Teens Continues to Be a Problem

    Methamphetamine became a problem in the 1980’s in Oregon. At that time, the use of the drug was identified as being an epidemic, just as heroin and prescription drug use is seen as a national epidemic today. Beginning in the 1980’s, Interstate 5, a highway that runs north/south from Mexico up through the…

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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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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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