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Emotional and Mental Health Issues of Teens

When is moodiness just a phase or a more serious concern? What mental health issues commonly affect teens? What should a parent look for if concerned about a serious emotional disturbance? Information can help a parent decide if it's just a "phase" or a more serious concern, and where to go for help.

Why Is My Teen So Moody?
It's not uncommon to have a moody teen, but why is your teen moody or irritable? Find out what is causing your teen to be moody, when it's normal and when it's not.

Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
About.com's Guide to Teen Health reviews the book Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg. This nonfiction novel discusses his struggle with his teen daughter's mental illness and psychosis.

Trichotillomania in Teens
Does your teen pull out her hair? Does your teen have bald patches on his head? Your teen could have trichotillomania.

Is Your Teen Depressed? How Did You Find Out?
Has your teen been diagnosed with depression? Sometimes the signs are clear, and sometimes they aren't. Let other parents know how you discovered your teen was depressed.

Should My Teen Take an Antidepressant?
Teen depression is a common problem, but how should it be treated? Should your teen take an antidepressant?

Depression in Teens
Concerned that your teen may be depressed? Find out about the signs and symptoms of depression, and what to do if you think your child is depressed.

Self-Injury Facts: A Factsheet for Parents of Troubled Teens
Cutting is just one of the many ways teens will injure themselves when undergoing emotional stress. Learn about cutting and other forms of self-injury from About.com's Guide to Depression.

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens
Adolescents can suffer from a variety of mental health disorders. Learn more about the disease formerly called manic depression - bipolar disorder - and what help is available.

Teen Suicide: A Fact Sheet for Families
Suicide is the third leading cause of death of teenagers in the United States. Learn about the possible signs that your teen is feeling suicidal and find out what to do about it.

Parenting a Teen with ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD can make parenting your teen even more difficult. Read about eight principles of parenting that can make you a more effective parent for your teenager with this condition.

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