Depressed teen

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.

Close friendships in high school predict improvements in mental health in young adulthood

Adolescence is a time of social challenges and changing expectations. While relationships with peers may be important for youth at this time, do they also have implications over time? A new longitudinal study suggests that the types of peer relationships youth make in high school matter for mental health through young adulthood.

Why the creators of ‘13 Reasons Why’ should pay attention to the spike in suicide-related Google searches

In May, The Washington Post reported that school administrators in Florida were witnessing more risky behaviors among their students, from self-mutilation to suicide threats. In June, People magazine told the story of a young man in Peru who took his own life, leaving behind recordings in a way that mimicked the main character in the series.

$2 Million in Grants Awarded to Improve Mental Health in Schools

Seven Texas nonprofit entities are receiving grants from the Hogg Foundation to improve student academic achievement by supporting mental health. The grants continue the foundation’s commitment to child and adolescent mental health, its growing investment in early intervention and prevention, and its support of humane, evidence-based alternatives to punitive disciplinary practices.

Nonprofit First In US To Pilot Preventative Mental Health Program

The evidence-based program screens adolescents for personality traits, which can indicate higher risk for substance abuse or a mental disorder. University of Montreal PhD Candidate Jean-Francois G. Morin, who is working to train Overdose Lifeline, says kids are then placed into five categories and invited to participate in discussion groups.

The social ties between autism and schizophrenia

Studies have found elevated rates of autism among young people with childhood-onset schizophrenia, in which the features of schizophrenia appear before age 13 rather than in late adolescence. Research may help to explain how social cognition breaks down in each condition — which could lead to more nuanced clinical profiles and better treatments for both.

Having a personality that’s different from average may increase teens’ risk of being bullied

Most of us remember kids at school who seemed a little different – less sociable, more introverted and fragile, perhaps – and that they often seemed to be the ones to get picked on or rejected. Maybe you remember because you were one of those kids and you know what is was like to not Read more

Authors recount bipolar disorder struggles

Clarity Child Guidance Center (CGC) is the only not-for-profit organization in South Texas providing crisis assessment, inpatient, outpatient and day treatment mental health care to children ages 3-17 years of age. The CGC offers the region’s largest concentration of child and adolescent psychiatrists, with its onsite affiliation with Southwest Psychiatric Physicians.

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