Dealing with Pressure During the Teenage Years


The teen years are a time of pressure, intense pressure. One of the difficulties with the pressure is the fact that teens are often trying to make other people happy and not even knowing their own identity. That puts them at risk for all sorts of problems. The pressure that arises during the teen years can’t be ignored, nor can it be underestimated. If you have a teen, make sure that you communicate with them. Let them know the stories and issues that are out there, and above all, make sure you take the time to speak with them.


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Psychological Aspect of Anorexia

Psychological Aspect of Anorexia

Anorexia is a serious medical problem, but it’s a medical problem with a psychological overlie. People who have anorexia actually have a distorted body image. They feel that there is something wrong with them. That they weigh too much. As a result, they eat far less and can get into big trouble. Even when they are losing weight, they continue to think they weigh too much, and that’s part of the problem with anorexia. People who have anorexia nervosa have to have the psychological issues dealt with as well as the weight issues.

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Safety of Antidepressants in Teens

Safety of Antidepressants in Teens

There is a serious debate in psychiatry. Does the use of antidepressant medications help teens. Does it help them with the condition, or do they increase a teen risk of committing suicide? Back in 2004, the Food and Drug Administration included what is known as a black box warning on a group of antidepressants called the SSRIs to alert healthcare providers to an increased risk of suicidality in children and teens. New research revealed that information from 24 overall trials and over 4500 pediatric patients taking one of nine antidepressant medications found that only one trial, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, found significant increase in suicidality, and that was more than fourfold. However, when all 24 studies were combined, there was no increase. The conclusion? This is not a declaration a safety, but further warning that these medications need to be used under careful supervision, or at all.

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