While psychologists and other counselors have done invaluable work to reduce this risk, new research finds a different group of professionals has had an enormous positive impact: state legislators.
Adolescence (12-18 years old) is perhaps the most difficult transitional period in one’s lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health encourages teaching teens important mental health habits, such as coping, resilience, and judgement. New research indicates that most mental disorders follow a developmental course that begins during childhood. While around 1 in 5 adolescents has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, less than half of those diagnosed seek treatment. Friends and family are the first line of defense, and are encouraged to be vigilant for warning signs and volatile behavior. Poor mental health can have a detrimental effect on the overall health and development of adolescents, and is linked to several health and social outcomes such as higher alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances use, adolescent pregnancy, school drop out and delinquent behaviors.
For the first time in 5 years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 years who are diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Adriana had long looked forward to her 16th birthday — but when the date finally arrived, she celebrated not at home with her family and friends, but in a Texas center for immigrants that felt more like a prison.
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests many more teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing major depressive episodes at this age than boys.
More evidence has emerged of schools struggling to provide mental health support for students, with more than half of school leaders saying they find it hard to locate services.
That juvenile offenders not being provided the treatment they need is troubling, but even more disheartening is that some types of kids have an even higher risk of not receiving the treatment they sorely needed. This is unacceptable.
Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.
The truth is that kids don’t need a concrete diagnosis to benefit from social-emotional support in school. In fact, early intervention to help kids manage the ups and downs of life, and cope with things such as anxiety, can give kids the tools they need to work through obstacles as they grow. Read more…
A new study investigates the relationship between the time of onset of mental and physical health diagnoses in adolescents. The results of the national cohort study indicate that some mental health diagnoses may be risk factors for certain physical diseases. Results also suggest that some physical diseases may put adolescents at risk for mental health Read more
Evidence suggests that psychosis, in at least some cases, has a similar disease course to other chronic illnesses. Cancer, for example, progresses along a continuum, and we know that if we intervene early we can create optimal outcomes for a cancer diagnosis. More and more we’re seeing this understanding translate into care for psychosis as Read more
There’s no shortage of evidence that loneliness, social anxiety and social isolation can cause excessive use of social networking sites in young people.
John Moriarty, Queen’s University Belfast Current estimates suggest that one in ten children have a clinically diagnosed mental health or behavioural problem, so it’s not hard to see why the idea of “mental health literacy” – or mental health lessons in schools – is going mainstream. Most recent to these discussions are in Canada and Read more
Teenagers in Australia are increasingly becoming concerned about mental health, drugs, alcohol and discrimination.
Young people face unprecedented social pressures, leading to serious psychological distress. Society’s response has been inadequate.
“This is a unique, ambitious, and exciting initiative that will help us better understand how diverse childhood experiences interact with genetics to influence multiple parameters,” said David Fassler, M.D.
Rocked by suicides, Palo Alto high schools want to make mental health care as normal as eating breakfast
When students returned to their two public high schools in Palo Alto, California in August, they found something new on campus: wellness centers.
A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain.
“Now, I think people share more about their mental health issues,” she said. “They share more about their anxiety, their depression, their worries and fears.”
The Berkeley and Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center treats 12- to 21-year-olds with severe emotional and behavioral problems. About a third of them have substance abuse as well as mental health issues.
Ross Szabo, living with bipolar disorder, has spent most of his adult life advocating on behalf of other young people fighting the same battles he faced when he was their age.
SAMHSA provides up to $215 million for treatment services addressing children’s mental health and substance use
SAMHSA will be awarding up to $215 million in funding over several years for treatment services addressing the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, young adults, and their families.
Two new studies explore victimization by peers to shed light on who is victimized and the repercussions of such actions.