Teen depression: Mom’s mental health during pregnancy affects children later in life, study finds

Teenagers are more likely to be depressed if their mothers were depressed while pregnant, according to a new study. Mothers’ depression after giving birth was also tied to their children’s mental health years later, but possibly for different reasons, researchers found. Depression during pregnancy may affect a baby through stress hormones that move across the placenta, Rebecca Pearson, from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and her colleagues said. That goes against the Read More

Here’s The Best Way To Beat A Bully

Six out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school once a day, and 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students, according to bullying statistics. Bullying is a big problem in America’s schools, and for National Bullying Prevention Month, education groups are trying to inform kids and adults about what they can do to stop bullies. Popular wisdom often portrayed in movies and TV shows Read More

Sex, drugs and Facebook: Seattle Children’s social media research team takes on teen health

Dr. Megan Moreno once met a teen who went to bed every night with her smartphone tucked under her pillow and its alarm clock set to 2 a.m. When the phone woke her in the middle of the night, she’d grab it, open her Facebook app, delete any new mean comments, and go back to sleep. Being a teenager isn’t what it used to be. Neither is being a parent. Moreno, an adolescent pediatrician and Read More

5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. When parents are busy working, or a natural separation from family occurs, teens may turn to friends instead of parents. Peer support can be helpful for certain issues. But when the symptoms of a mental illness are present, more than a good friend is needed. The problem Read More

Mental Health in High School: Teach Students Link between Thinking Patterns, Emotions & Behavior

Adding a mental health component to school-based health education programs could enhance health behaviors, reduce depression and improve grades. Researchers from The Ohio State University College of Nursing found that a program called COPE: (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Healthy Lifestyles TEEN (Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, Nutrition) had a beneficial outcome for several health and behavioral factors. The high school health classes used an intervention that emphasized building cognitive behavioral skills in addition to nutrition and Read More

Yelling at your teen can backfire, impact mental health: study

Adolescents whose parents shouted, swore at or insulted them showed more signs of depression than their peers whose moms and dads didn’t, according to a new study. If you’re a parent of a teenager, researchers say that the best parenting advice is to talk, not yell. A new study released Wednesday finds that 13-year-old adolescents whose parents shouted at them suffered more symptoms of depression than their peers whose parents didn’t. The study involved nearly Read More

Teen recalls bullying stirred thoughts of suicide

Michael Miller clearly remembers the day he was called a “fat faggot.” It was in 2006, the year he was in seventh grade, and Miller had already gotten a strong taste of bullying from day one of middle school. When enough slurs, exclusions and taunts added up, Miller found himself at the brink of suicide — close enough to consider details that would save his family as much pain as possible, he said. “Sixth and Read More

Drawing cartoons empowers teen with mental disorders

On the surface, Zack Hix is like many 18-year-olds. The Simpsonville, South Carolina, teen’s favorite foods are cheeseburgers and pizza. He listens to rock and punk music. He loves to race mountain bikes, play video games, watch Georgia Bulldogs football with his dad and — perhaps most importantly — draw. But Zack also suffers from a laundry list of mental health issues, including both intermittent explosive- and obsessive-compulsive disorders, which make him different from other Read More

Amanda Bynes’ mental hold extended again; former teen star said to be schizophrenic

Amanda Bynes’ doctors have won an 30-day extension of her psychiatric hold and plan to pursue a temporary mental health conservatorship of the former Nickelodeon star,the New York Daily News reports. UPDATE: A judge has approved a temporary conservatorship for Bynes’ mother over the objections of Bynes’ court-appointed lawyer. A source tells the News that Bynes is believed to be suffering from schizophrenia and has not yet responded to medication: “She’s not improving yet. She’s Read More

Mental Health: A Teen`s Guide To Survive Stress

Stress- Good or Bad Your father is stressed with a big project at his workplace. But he is excited. Your mother is stressed taking care of your sick grandmother and working. Quite often she is tired and cranky. Everyone is exposed to stress everyday. But feeling the stress is your body`s reaction to something you may or may not want to do. Feeling stressed is normal. Sometimes stress is good. It keeps you focused and Read More