Teen Mental Health: Mood Disorders, Alcohol, and Suicide

New research offers further insight into the mental health of teenagers, and researchers are discovering that early intervention is critical during adolescence. Scientists at King’s College London sought to determine how well alcohol therapy worked on teenagers. Instead of yet another D.A.R.E.-like program where messages about the dangers of alcohol are the same for every student, researchers took a more mental health-based approach to this intervention. They tailored the treatment to each student’s personality, specifically Read More

Teens With ADHD May Struggle at Work

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can cause problems for kids in school. And the effects of ADHD on teens may be long lasting. A recent study tracked teens with and without ADHD into adulthood. The researchers found that they were about two times more likely than people without ADHD to have mental or physical health problems. They were also two and half times more likely to have problems at work, and more than three times Read More

Teen binge drinking: Are the culprits pressure and parents?

When it comes to parenting teens, there tend to be three schools of thought: The first: This generation of teenagers is worse than ever. The second: This generation is just as bad as previous rebellious kids. And the third, also known as the only one that matters: This is my kid and I am terrified. Those with the latter perspective will not be soothed by this month’s Bethesda Magazine cover story on the out-of-control behavior Read More

Bullied 14-Year-Old Girl Gets Plastic Surgery to Fix Ears, Nose, Chin

At first glance, 14-year-old Nadia Iles exudes an air of confidence that many other girls her age lack. That confidence is hard won. Teased about her big ears since she was 7 years old, Nadia found school a nightmare. Her classmates tormented her, and she couldn’t bear to look at herself in the mirror. “I felt horrible. I felt like I was like dirt,” she said, in an interview with “Good Morning America.” “They said Read More