Category Archives: Teenage brain

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NEW! Find out what’s true about child and teen depression from the National Institute for Mental Health. Also, great guidelines for getting treatment. Click here to read.

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The Family Secret Revealed by My Son’s Diagnosis

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At age seventeen, my son “Alex” lost his ability to finish a whole sentence or get even a half night’s sleep, or face the other kids at school. The doctors who examined him at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute told me he … Continue reading

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Journal Psychological Medicine Adds Another Major Study Linking Youth Psychosis & Cannabis

Whatever you can do to keep your teenagers from smoking pot — especially if there’s a family history of mental disorders or suicide (suspected or verified) — DO IT! Cannabis use is associated with an earlier age at onset of … Continue reading

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Teen Anxiety Can Have Many Faces

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Research now tells us that for many young people, anxiety and depression can be two sides of the same mental health challenge. We know that anxiety often precedes depression in school age kids. Or, as was the case for my … Continue reading

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Get the Goodies Now or Wait? The Roots of Self Discipline in Childhood

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Self-discipline, also called “self-control,” or “self-regulation,” is considered by most of us as an essential trait to learn on the way to adulthood. Without it, a person doesn’t share, play well with others, work as a member of a team … Continue reading