A-Z Teen Health Glossary



Good News: Drug Use is Declining Among Teens

  Drinking and the use of drugs among teens can be somewhat expected. Adolescence is a time of experimentation and many teens are doing just that in many areas of life, including drugs and drinking. However, the good news is that this year’s Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey funded by the National Institute on Drug…

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Five Tips for Teens with Anxiety

One of the more common mental illnesses among teens is anxiety. When a teen is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety they experience often prevents functioning in school or having healthy relationships. Sure, it’s natural to feel nervous when taking an exam or going out on a first date. But anxiety that gets in…

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Teens: Mental Health Treatment is Effective if You Can Give it a Chance

    There’s good reason why you might resist mental health treatment. It can come with a stigma. If any of your friends were to find out about the fact that you are in therapy or taking medication, you might fear being rejected or judged by them. Perhaps you might fear losing a friend or…

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If Your Teen Has a Mental Illness, Should You Seek Treatment Right Away?

  If you recognize symptoms of mental illness in your teen, you may be wondering whether or not to have your teen seen by a mental health provider. In most cases (if not all), seeking assistance for a mental or psychological illness is just as important as getting help from a physician or hospital for…

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Breaking the Addictive Cycle of Ecstasy

  MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, can be addictive. This can make it difficult to stop using and even require professional assistance. When a teen is hooked on Ecstasy, it can cause increased cravings for the drug. And when a teen tries to ignore the cravings in order to quit, they may experience depression, insomnia,…

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The Benefits of Behavioral Therapy for Teens

    Behavioral therapy is a type of therapy often used with teens and adults who need help changing potentially self-destructive behaviors. Self-destructive behaviors can be symptoms of addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, or depression. This form of therapy can also be used with phobias, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.   Essentially, behavioral therapy works to change…

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Preteens and Suicide: Preventing Your Worst Nightmare

    Believe it or not children between the ages of 5 to 14 years old can experience depression and even commit suicide. According to research, there is a clear relationship between depression and suicide. And among preteens suicide is the sixth leading cause of death. Approximately 2% of preteens experience depression.   Depression is…

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How to Use Reflective Listening with Your Teen

There can be an odd parent-child relationship that develops when children become teenagers. For most part, you may have had a healthy and happy relationship with your child – up until now. Now that your child is in adolescence, perhaps they don’t talk to you as often. Perhaps they are a bit more edgy, standoffish,…

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How to Change Negative Self Talk

  Okay, from time to time you might hear yourself talking in your mind. For the most part, you might be simply talking out the things you need to get done or a reminder like, “Oh yeah, I need to ask my dad about the car on Friday night.” This kind of self-talk is natural…

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