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Ten Tips on Adolescent Stress & Mental Health

Posted March 21st, 2012 @ 08:03am by: Dr. Hal Pickett

1. Remember the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed. The major areas for higher-level social understanding and problem solving are still developing.

2. Unconditional listening is very important to your adolescent. This means truly listening without commenting, correcting or responding unless asked to.

3. Adolescents do want your input. They just don't want it in the form of sarcasm, put-downs or statements that start with "what were you thinking?"

4. Adolescents today are living under a different kind of stress than their parents experienced as children. This includes having all knowledge available at the touch of a key whether it's developmentally appropriate or not.

5. Adolescents are under great deal of pressure to be tuned-in at all times. There is no down-time for rest and recuperation.

6. Adolescents are being over-stimulated by their lives. They have very little time to think and mostly just time to react.

7. Stress is the number one cause of depression, which is no different in adolescence.

8. Adolescent depression can look sad, depressed and withdrawn or it can be angry, irritable and in your face.

9. Adolescents with worries and anxiety are as high risk for self-harm as depressed adolescents.

10. Adolescent chemical use can be a catalyst for many impulsive, illegal and dangerous behaviors.

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Comments (4):

Hi Jan, I recommend to start that you look at the SAMSA website and the National Child Trauma Stress Network. Each of these have libraries that are full of useful information for working with adolescents and dual diagnoses.

on April 10th, 2012 at 01:50pm

Hi.. Like the way you have listed all the important updates on Adolescent Stress. Actually Mental Health is always important for the beneficial of our body. Keep this good work going...

on April 21st, 2012 at 06:36am

I wanted to thank you for this interesting I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your web site to look at the latest stuff you post...its always give pleasure to read your article...Thanks to you!!!!

on April 27th, 2012 at 04:09am

Great ten tips, I am a nurse at the U of M working with MICD patients in a hospital setting. I have worked at Hazelden Center for Youth and Families, in Plymouth for several years. I am taking a position in an Out Pt Adolescent dual diagnosis Program in Elk river soon. Would sincerely appreciate if you would recommend some good resourses and web sites for me to get started.

on March 31st, 2012 at 02:38pm
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