All About Adolescence

Adolescence typically describes the years between ages 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. This 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 appearance tend to naturally increase in importance for some time during a teen's journey toward adulthood.

Recent posts on Adolescence

Has Your Daughter Been Sexually Harassed?

Research shows that sexual harassment is part of everyday life in American middle and high schools. How do we educate and protect young women from unwanted sexual behavior?

Kid Killers

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 22, 2017 in The Human Equation
In 2014, two social-media savvy 12 year old girls tried to kill a classmate to appease an imaginary internet horror figure. How typical is this of kids who kill?

The Thousand-Dollar iPhone. Wow.

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on October 21, 2017 in Grand Rounds
A thousand dollars for the iPhone? Pretty soon we're talking real money. What's a parent to do?

ADHD Is Now Widely Overdiagnosed and for Multiple Reasons

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Side Effects
In the U.S. and other developed countries, there are now clear signs that child and adolescent mental disorders are overdiagnosed.

Get Your Teen Off the Phone

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 19, 2017 in Open Gently
Therapy, sleep, exercise, and socializing in person may be more likely to help your depressed teen than an antidepressant.

Can You Keep Your Head When Others Are Losing Theirs?

By Atalanta Beaumont on October 19, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
How to develop and keep a solid sense of self

The Real Reason Behind Teen Anxiety and Depression

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on October 16, 2017 in Healing and Growing
The real reason for increased anxiety and depression among young people is deeper and bigger than is often recognized.

How to Discuss Sex With Your Children

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 16, 2017 in All About Sex
Child and teen sex education resources contain misinformation and emphasize procreation over pleasure. Here's how to correct them.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and the Use of Parental Worry

Not fun to do, and often given a bad name, worry can be constructive for both parent and adolescent to do.

ADHD Kills Motivation

By Adam Price Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
ADHD may kill motivation but I will show you how to provide life support using the most powerful tool you have: the parent-child relationship.

Boy Scouts Still Shut the Door on Some Kids

By David Niose on October 15, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The Boy Scouts of America has gotten more inclusive in recent years, but this makes its exclusion of atheist children all the more conspicuous.

Over Half of Bisexual Youth Don't Have Family Support

What can straight parents do to support their bisexual children?

Unraveling the Teenage Mind

Adolescence can be a mystifying time for everyone. This new book can help.

New Research Finds No Evidence of a "Narcissism Epidemic"

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Maybe Millennials aren't so self-absorbed after all.

Why Anxiety Is Inevitable and Necessary

By Nick Luxmoore on October 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We rush to diagnose rather than listen, panicking when things don't go according to plan. Anxiety is normal and needs to be understood.

Why Are Suicide Rates Higher Among LGBTQ Youth?

Among youth who identify as sexual minorities, the likelihood of death by suicide has been estimated to be two to seven times greater.

Teen Dating, Sex Hit Record Lows for Recent Decades

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Living Single
The authors think the path to adulthood is slowing. I think the story is bigger than that.
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Your Child's Mind Space

Learn how healthy indwelling and dynamic self-regulation can help your child improve his or her intellectual functioning and emotional well-being.

How Alienation Manifests in the Public Education System

Research examines dimensions of alienation in the lives of youth.

Is My Mom Punishing Me Too Harshly?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Dealing with expectations and punishments.
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Faking It: Why Pretend an Orgasm?

The reasons people pretend to have an orgasm range from the selfish to the magnanimous.

How Personality Changes in Teens

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
A new study explores how traits shift and stabilize over time.

Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Tragic Events

Conversations about tragic events are challenging. How parents respond impacts teens' future resilience.
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How Does It Feel? Finding Freedom In and From Our Family

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Emptying The Nest
Thoughts on grief and growth upon my father's passing

Talking With Children About Death and Tragedy

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Freedom to Grieve
Here are some specific questions that you might have about how to talk with children about tragedy.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Last Stage Adolescence, 18-23, and What Is Consensual Sex

Keep sex consensual, because when it is not it becomes intimately hurtful and does a lot of lasting harm.

Born To Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help

What happened to that wonderful, even angelic child we knew before he or she turned teen? Did we do something wrong…

The Balance Between Online Privacy and Monitoring

Many teens know how to cover their tracks making it virtually impossible for parents to monitor their online activity.

What Parents Need to Address About Sex

Talking with your kids about sex to open an ongoing and effective exchange requires engaging them on five levels. Can you address the five areas where your children need you most?

Test Anxiety Is Alive and Well

By Kailey Hockridge, MA, EdM on September 29, 2017 in Finding Forward
Is your child struggling with test-day jitters? Your steady support could make the difference.