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Research Report: Study Defines Stages of Engagement in ADHD Treatment 

Helping Families Navigate the ADHD Treatment Process ADHD is one of the most common behavioral disorders among children and teens in the U.S. Data from the Centers for Disease Control published in 2016 and 2019 show the prevalence of ADHD among children age 3-17 increased between 2003 and 2011, then decreased between 2011 and 2019: ADHD Diagnoses in Children: 2003-2019 2003: 4.4 million 2007: 5.4 million 2011: 6.4 million 2016:

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

The Long-Term Effects of Untreated Anxiety in Teens From Low Self-Esteem to Substance Abuse

Untreated Anxiety and Chronic Stress: Negative Emotional, Psychological, and Physical Consequences The challenges of parenting are endless. [seriesbox]Little Ways to Help an Anxious Teen The Association between Anxiety and Suicidal Behavior in Teens Association Between Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents What Is Resilience and How Can It Help with Teen Anxiety and OCD?[/seriesbox]If you have kids, you know this already. If you have a teen or teenagers, you really

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Little Ways to Help Your Anxious Teen

Practical Tips to Help Your Teen Manage Anxiety Symptoms [seriesbox]The Association between Anxiety and Suicidal Behavior in Teens Association Between Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents What Is Resilience and How Can It Help with Teen Anxiety and OCD? Long-Term Consequences of Untreated Anxiety in Teens[/seriesbox] As the parent of a teenager, you know adolescence is filled with ups and downs. You know because you experienced them yourself. Watching your

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Surgeon General’s Advisory: Youth Mental Health in 2021

On Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, the Surgeon General issued an advisory regarding the mental health of children and teens in the U.S. Here’s the short version: Our youth are in trouble – but there are things we can do to help. The rest of this article is the long version. Why a Surgeon General’s Advisory Is Important A Surgeon General’s Advisory (SGA) carries more weight than a report from the

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Why Do Parents Wait to Get Help for a Teen Struggling with Mental Health?

Stigma and Awareness: Rewriting the Narrative About Mental Health When a teenager has mental health issues, they don’t always get the help they need. That help can come in many forms. For some teens, it may mean once a week outpatient treatment. For others, it may mean something more immersive, like an intensive outpatient program, called an IOP, or a partial hospitalization program, called a PHP. Teens with a severe

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Family & Home Life

Can TV Shows Help Teens Struggling with Depression and Other Mental Health Issues?

A University of California – Los Angeles Study Says “Yes, They Can” When adults involved in the lives of teens talk about the relationship between television and mental health, their default starting position is often negative. This may derive from the fact that when most parents of teens were young, they heard their parents say things like “too much TV will rot your brain” and “you need to get out

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

I Wish I Were Dead: Why Transgender Teens Present as Suicide Risks and What Parents Can Do

[seriesbox]Parents of LGBTQ + Teens: A Guide to Terminology and Basic Concepts You Should Know LGBTQ+ and Transgender Teens: Using a Teen’s Chosen Name Reduces Depression and Suicide Risk Is Gender-Specific Treatment for Teens Necessary or Does It Exclude LBGTQI+ Teens?[/seriesbox]Transgender Teens at Increased Risk of Suicide Compared to Non-Trans Teens When we write about suicide risk in teens, we include the following warning in every article. Sometimes it appears

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Family & Home Life

LGBTQ+ and Transgender Teens: Using a Teen’s Chosen Name Reduces Depression and Suicide Risk

Respect LBGTQ + and Transgender Teens: Use the Name They Ask You to Use [seriesbox]Parents of LGBTQ + Teens: A Guide to Terminology and Basic Concepts You Should Know I Wish I Were Dead: Why Transgender Teens Present as Suicide Risks and What Parents Can Do Is Gender-Specific Treatment for Teens Necessary or Does It Exclude LBGTQI+ Teens?[/seriesbox]If you’re the parent of a teenager in the 21st century, there’s a

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Family & Home Life

Parental Controls: Teens Still See Pornography Despite Parents’ Best Intentions

Mental Health Distress in Teens Obsessed with Pornography Parenting a teenager in the internet age is challenging. Thirty years ago, it was possible to control a teenager’s access to media with relative ease. Smartphones did not exist. Most families had televisions, but most programming was PG, with the exception of cable TV, where blocking explicit content was simple and straightforward. Twenty years ago, when computers became more common than uncommon

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

The Risks of Social Media to Adolescent Mental Health

If you’re the parent of a teenager in the year 2021, there’s a good chance you worry about the impact of social media on their mental health. You have good reason to worry. Media headlines over the past several years have presented a consistent message: social media is bad for our teens. Data from reputable sources – not just clickbait news-like sites – appears to support this message, too. Here

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