Adolescent Teens

Risky business: Calculate risks to reap rewards

Studies have shown that more teenagers are prone to risk taking because their brain is not fully developed until they reach their mid-20s. Although teenagers and adolescents are risk takers, taking risks isn’t necessarily bad. There are good risks and bad risks. People do not become successful without taking good risks and people do not …

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Beyond the mask: Signs that reveal mental illness in teens

For a teenager, life can be overwhelming. Hormones are changing. Childhood is giving way to adulthood. It’s no wonder, then, that teenagers sometimes suffer from mood swings and sleep a little more — or a little less — than usual. Unfortunately, mental illnesses also pop up during those teen years. Some examples of mental illness …

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Smart teens practice healthy risk-taking

When parents and authority figures imagine the risks taken by teenagers, they will typically picture the destructive and dangerous conduct youth are capable of. Although teens are plagued by a stigma of making ill-informed and impulsive decisions, there is a variety of healthy risks that many adolescents choose to pursue on a daily basis. In …

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Back to school for the kid with issues Part 3: Parenting Pep-talk or wait and see?

Imagine if one could fast-forward a child’s life. One day he or she is going to kindergarten and a week later, it is time for freshman year of college. In reality, parenting may feel similar to that image. It is difficult to know when to give advice or encouragement. When to let them pave their …

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Singled out: The emotional toll of childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a rising epidemic in America. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of 6- to 11-year-old U.S. children who were considered obese rose from 7 percent in 1980 to almost 18 percent in 2012. More than one-third of U.S. children and teens were considered overweight or …

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4 keys to healthy weight loss and outlook

Developing a positive view toward nutrition and exercise during adolescence will set the scene for later in life. In other words, the earlier a person develops healthy eating patterns, the better. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and a good time to start making better eating patterns a daily habit. Here are some helpful …

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Suicidal ideation in youth: How to recognize it and what to do

Adolescence and young adulthood is a time filled with exciting adventures, new experiences and increased responsibilities. Unfortunately, it’s also a time marked by increased academic stress and overwhelming life transitions. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. To help the public better understand and prevent suicide, the American Foundation for …

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