All About Adolescence

Adolescence describes the teenage years between 13 and 19 and can be considered the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. However, the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence can start earlier, during the preteen or "tween" years (ages 9 through 12). Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can bring up issues of independence and self-identity; many adolescents and their peers face tough choices regarding schoolwork, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and social life. Peer groups, romantic interests and external appearance tend to naturally increase in importance for some time during a teen's journey toward adulthood.

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Recent Posts on Adolescence

No, There is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.

Alone Together and Going Downhill

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Play in Mind
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

Adolescents and Depression — Part 2

Here's what you need to know about diagnosing depression in your teen clients.

Help Take Terror Out of Childhood

By Hal Mathew on February 04, 2016 Unagoraphobic
Children don't have to face fear alone.

Addiction to Studying

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 In Excess
There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism.

The Failures of "Failure To Launch" Syndrome

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 All About Addiction
When we tell kids they're struggling with "failure to launch" syndrome, we hurt them while saying quite a bit about ourselves.

Why Will Future College Students Lack Resilience?

If today's college students lack resilience, then starting to parent younger kids for future resilience makes a lot of sense. What parenting style will help most?

Tracking School Shooters

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Shadow Boxing
Expert on school shooters offers comprehensive website as resource for anyone who might have to know about or deal with such incidents.

Of Sibling Rivalry, Stepfamilies and Bullying

What to do about sibling rivalry and stepfamilies

5 Tips for Sleeping Well with Chronic Pain

Is your child with chronic pain not sleeping well? Check out 5 tips to improve your child's sleep.

Get Back on the Helicopter

By Marcia Morris M.D. on January 30, 2016 College Wellness
Parent involvement in the college years is critical for success. Four-year graduation rates are at an all time low of 39.4%.

How to Best Help Your Children to Thrive

Our birth marks the beginning of a lifelong tension between our personal self-expression and the challenge of meeting the demands/wishes of others. We have two choices...

Why is Parent Self-Care So Important?

Why do parents of tween and adolescent girls need to be more intentional about self-care in our busy culture? The answers might surprise you.

What Makes Anti-bullying Programs Effective?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Media Spotlight
Children and adolescents become bullying targets for a wide variety of reasons though race, ethnic background, appearance, or sexual orientation appear to be the most common.

When You Love Someone Who Doesn't Love You Back

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 The Shrink Tank
How far would you go to pursue someone who didn't love you back? Author and NYTimes Modern Love column contributor Lisa A. Phillips shares her own story of romantic obsession.

Heroin Addiction Is Destroying the Lives of Young Americans

Every day, approximately 125 Americans die from a heroin or opioid-related drug overdose. What can we do to stop the rising death toll? To learn more, please read this blog post.

Giving Kids a Voice

By Kristi Pikiewicz Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Meaningful You
How do we earn our children’s respect? It’s simple: by respecting them.

Risks of Boredom through the Adolescent Stages

Passing boredom is a dissatisfying part of adolescent life that can beget constructive changes. When boredom is protracted, however, seeking relief can result in harmful choices

Homicide Fact: Age Matters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Wicked Deeds
Murder victims and perpetrators tend to be very young as the likelihood of becoming either one dramatically decreases with age.

Top Five Social Networking Sites Used by Teens

Teens are constantly using the virtual world to communicate with one another. Do you know the social networking sites they use most often?

5 Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Kids Handle Bullying

The bad news is that bullying is pervasive among school-aged kids. The good news is that there are many ways parents can safeguard their children and empower them to cope

Teaching Youth to Cope with Media Exposure to Violence

How does exposure to death and violence affect our children? What parents, educators and mental health professionals can do to reduce the adverse impact on our kids.

Adolescents and Depression - Part 1

Why we shouldn't assume that a 'Major Depressive Episode' is normal in teens.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Want to be a huge success? Don't worry about what college you go to for your degree. Focus on how much you put into your education. Here's why.

Day 3: Nicole Gibson & Australia's Rogue & Rouge Foundation

The future of mental health interview series continues with an interview with Nicole Gibson on Australia's Rogue and Rouge Foundation.

Adversity and the Creative Mind

Everyone experiences adversity, but some people use adversity to their psychological advantage. Do you?

The Terrible Teens

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Talking Apes
Adolescent brains may still be maturing, but teens can act like adults with the right social support.

My Child Has a Different Kind of Brain

You feel helpless and even useless. Your brain doesn't work the same way as your child’s. It's frustrating when your efforts to help are rejected because they are ineffective.

When Your Kid Emotionally Throws Up On You

Are the rants of your kids wearing you out? Learn the difference between raw and pervasive emotions to help you provide the supportive reality checks they need to build resilience.