gender dysphoria in teens

Helping Your Teen With Gender Dysphoria

A cultural shift is occurring in the rapid escalation of teenagers who do not identify with their assigned gender, that is, with the gender they are born with. Even a decade or two ago gender identity issues among teens were rarely discussed at all, so parents may be ill-equipped to handle a teen gender identity […]

How to Help a Teenager With Low Self Esteem

How to Help a Teenager With Low Self Esteem

As adults, we have enough miles on our tires to realize the importance of having a healthy self-esteem. We know that to succeed in our careers, or any endeavor we care about, we need a positive sense of self-worth that will fuel our efforts. Our self-esteem is essential to how we present ourselves to the […]

mental illness in teens

Does My Teenager Have a Mental Illness?

Parents will go to great lengths to give their kids the best childhood experience they can. They make sacrifices to ensure their child is able to go to the best schools available or to live in a safe neighborhood. They cook nutritious meals and limit the child’s exposure to technology. They enroll the child in […]

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Teenage Issues Today and Mental Health

Although it is widely agreed upon that the teen years are a particularly challenging chapter of life, teenage issues today seem to be of a more serious nature than in generations past. Generation Z, those ages 4-24, are grappling with a rapidly shifting culture mainly due to the acceleration of technological advances. While technology can […]

how can i help my depressed teenager

How Can I Help My Depressed Teenager?

When a child is hurting, parents hurt, too. Nothing is more painful to a parent than witnessing their teen in emotional pain. Teenage depression is real. This condition differs from occasional bouts of the blues caused by an upsetting event or a hormonal shift, which tend to be transient events that resolve spontaneously. Clinically diagnosed […]

Violent Video Games Effects on Teens

Violent Video Games Effects on Teens

In the wake of a spate of new mass shootings, our nation is mystified as to why these (mostly) young male shooters are triggered to inflict such carnage on humanity. Discussion centers around mental illness, political motivations, and the availability of automatic weapons as possible explanations for the spike in these violent acts. But more […]

anger coping skills for teens

6 Anger Coping Skills for Teens

Slammed doors and angry outbursts may be just typical behavior that goes along with the highly combustible teenage years. Teens are transitioning from being completely dependent on parents as children toward the autonomy found in adulthood. This is a developmental phase fraught with supercharged emotions, including acting out in anger. But when does “typical” teenage […]

conduct disorder treatment

Conduct Disorder Treatment for Teens

A teen that exhibits disruptive, aggressive, or defiant behavior is bound to become persona non grata in the school and social settings. These teens have a propensity to picking fights with others and to disregard social norms, making them unpleasant to be around. These behavior traits are features of conduct disorder, a mental health disorder […]

severe clinical depression in teens

Treating Severe Clinical Depression in Teens

As most parents are aware, their teen’s blue moods are usually transitory. Often, the bouts of sadness are directly connected to a slight, a rumor, a criticism, or unrequited love. Teens are emotionally sensitive by nature, so social issues or academic challenges can easily whipsaw their moods. Moodiness is indeed part and parcel of typical […]

adhd teenager out of control

ADHD Teenager Out of Control

A child’s diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be life-altering for parents. Diagnosis is a mixed blessing, Relief in learning what their child is dealing with and methods of managing it, but sadness that the child may have to deal with ADHD for life. In fact, in one-third of children diagnosed, ADHD persists […]