Learning Life's Lessons the Hard Way

Teens make mistakes – sometimes dangerous ones. So it’s important for parents to keep perspective, be an ally and help them learn how to move forward.(Getty Images) From school suspensions to traffic citations, teens can get into a boatload of trouble. And it’s inevitable that adolescents are going to make mistakes and some are going to be doozies. But as […]

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Parent-child bond predicts depression, anxiety in teens attending high-achieving schools

What causes some adolescents to thrive while other teenagers struggle with substance abuse and mental health? Through years of research, the scientists who study development and the clinicians who treat troubled teenagers have developed a list of risk factors that predict the problems faced by adolescents. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an influential philanthropic organization that focuses on health, recently […]

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Gender ‘nonconformity’ takes mental toll on teens

(HealthDay)—American teens whose behavior, appearance or lifestyle do not conform to widely held views on what it is to be a “normal” male or female face a high risk for mental distress and drug abuse, new research warns. The findings were culled from a national survey exploring the psychological risk profiles of teens who described themselves as “gender nonconforming.” The […]

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Mental health of teens with disability significantly harmed by peer bullying

Compared to those without a disability, adolescents with a disability have much poorer health and wellbeing, new research has found. They also experience bullying at a higher level than their peers. A University of Melbourne-led Australian study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, has found that almost 50 per cent of the poorer mental health of adolescents with disability […]

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Doctors can help children, teens adhere to eczema treatment plan

(HealthDay)—Physicians can create an adherence protocol for patients, particularly children and teens, receiving treatment for atopic dermatitis, according to an article published in Dermatology Times. Lack of adherence to treatment protocols can arise for many reasons, including a lack of motivation or laziness, giving up after trying the treatment (e.g., thinking the treatment is worse or more burdensome than the […]

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GPS Tracking Devices for Kids & Teens

Growing up in the ’80s, the only way my parents could track my whereabouts involved old-fashioned detective work (i.e., getting in the car and driving around looking for me). This may have happened on more than one occasion during my errant, curfew-breaking teenage years, as my dad likes to remind me. Today, it’s a whole new world. We can keep […]

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More than one in 20 US children and teens have anxiety or depression

About 2.6 million American children and adolescents had diagnosed anxiety and/or depression in 2011-12, reports an analysis of nationwide data in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The number of children with diagnosed anxiety – but not depression – has increased in recent years, according to the new […]

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