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According to a Committee on Adolescent Health Care, around half of all mental health issues start by age 14, with more than 75% of individuals with mental health struggles reporting that their mental health significantly affects their everyday functioning by young adulthood. It can be...

It is common for teens to joke about “being a hypochondriac” when it comes to making a self-diagnosis of their headache as a brain tumor based on WebMD results, but, in this scenario, they often know that they realistically probably don’t have cancer. The line...

It can be difficult to find out what is going on in your isolated teen’s life if they spend most of their time in their room and aren’t the one to initiate conversations with you. Just because your teen prefers to spend time alone doesn’t...

When their teen enters a treatment program for crisis intervention, many families are overwhelmed about what to do next. They may understand that reaching out for help was a positive first step, but may realize that their child was struggling more than they thought they...

Previously thought of as a type of anxiety disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is now considered its own category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). As many people who have been diagnosed with OCD struggle with intense anxiety, they may first be diagnosed with anxiety...

Overall, the prevalence of cannabis use disorder has decreased over the last decade among frequent users, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. As the perceived risk of smoking marijuana has decreased, teens struggling with depression are actually more likely...

Your teen may claim “new year, new me” at the start of every new year as they promise to cut back on unhealthy behaviors and make safer decisions. Getting any teenager to follow New Year’s resolutions can feel like an uphill battle, but making and...

Many parents think of crisis as a life-or-death situation; however, teens experience emotional crises more often than they experience situational crises. There are times when a parent needs help quickly – when children are struggling to regulate their emotions, their behavior is out of control,...

Most people associate the phrase “addiction” with dependence on a substance, such as drugs or alcohol. However, many people are addicted to behaviors, not necessarily substances, and have similar experiences as they would if they were dependent on a substance. Some people argue that “getting...

Many teens turn to substances to self-medicate undiagnosed mental health issues, like bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. As medication is one of the most common and effective forms of treatment for bipolar disorder, it can influence teens’ attitudes towards prescription pill use and other drugs....