What Are Co-Occurring Disorders and How Are They Treated?

For a number of years, mental health experts asked themselves: does depression bring on addiction? Or does addiction bring on depression? However, what mental health researchers have found is that both can happen. Teens who struggle with mental illness can turn to drugs and alcohol to feel better, which can lead to an addiction. At […]

Parent’s Guide to Recognizing Depression in Teens

Many teens go through periods of time when they feel down and blue. If these feelings persist for longer than two weeks or they are impacting your teen’s daily life, depression might be to blame. Depression is a common mental health disorder, and it often begins during late adolescence (ages 15 to 19). As a […]

Adolescent Suicide Risk Factors and Prevention

Suicide: It’s every parent’s worst nightmare when it comes to their teens and young adult children. Almost 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year, and it’s the third-leading cause of death in young people aged 15-24. For every suicide that ends in death, there are 25 attempts that do not end in death. As the parent […]

Adolescent Depression Causes, Signs, and Prevention

Is your teen just moody, or is he or she depressed? This is a question that many parents ask themselves. The adolescent years are rife with mood swings; how can you tell if there’s a problem that needs to be addressed, or if your teenager’s negative emotions are just a result of hormone surges and […]

Signs to Look for When Identifying Depression in Teens

Depression in teenagers is becoming more commonplace in the U.S. today. Studies indicate that as many as 10 to 15 percent of all teens experience moderate to severe depression. How can you know if your own teen suffers from this mental health condition? Identifying depression in teens starts with educating yourself on the warning signs […]

The Rates of Depression Among Teens Are Rising

Over the past decade, there have been a great number of mental health improvements for teens. For instance, teen pregnancy is at an all-time low, rates of teen cigarette smoking are down significantly, and the rate of drinking alcohol is also down. These are signs that show teens are making healthier choices. However, the quality […]

How Boys and Girls Experience Teenage Depression Differently

You might be surprised to learn that teenage depression can affect boys and girls differently. While both teen boys and teen girls can suffer from depression, the symptoms and the potential outcomes differ according to sex. Of course, every teen is different and your son might experience depression that is more similar to the way girls […]

Be Aware of These Signs of Teen Depression

It’s common for adolescents to be moody. Your teen might go from elated to frustrated to furious to weepy in the course of a day. Hormones and the stress of growing up into an adult are likely culprits. Sometimes, however, moodiness can be indicative of something more serious. Approximately one in five teens experiences depression […]

Optimism in Teens May Protect Against Depression

There appears to be a relationship between optimism and psychological wellness. For a long time, researchers of psychology knew this optimism played a role in adult health; however, the connection has been found to be true for teens as well. In other words, when teens are optimistic, they are less likely to experience mental illness, such […]

What Not to Say to a Teen With Depression

Depression: It’s a disease that is every bit as real as diabetes or strep throat, but it’s often brushed aside or stigmatized. As the parent of a teen with depression, you might wonder what you can and should say. If you do not have depression and don’t understand how it affects the mind, it can […]