Adolescent Health & Mental Health
Adolescence and Peer Pressure
From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, some down-to-earth information about peer pressure. [Now a .pdf/Acrobat file]
Anexoria and Eating Disorders
Here is a great deal of information presented by PBS in a special series entitled "Dying to be Thin". Includes Q&A about the eating disorders which are so prevalent among teenage girls in particular.
Anxiety & Panic
The best resource on the Net for information on the topic of anxiety, including panic attacks, and agoraphobia (TAPIR).
Autistic Spectrum / Autism / Asperger
This is a resource list initially shared with psychologists, and next with educators, therapists, and parents. The labels and accommodations and costs are all changing rapidly. For those who can and do work with these special children, here is a sampling of some of the best resources I've found helpful, plus some first-hand accounts. My 'takeaway', my main idea, is that we need to to recognize, engage, support and teach. Mindfully. There are several similar-appearing 'cognitive styles', as clinical psychology explores, while Richard Gardner encourages us to appreciate and nourish our 'multiple intelligences'. This list offers some Stories and lessons, from those who know better than anyone.
Children and Trauma
9/11 Disaster Resources - A discussion guide for teachers in approaching the World Trade Center tragedy with students, professional references for mental health practitioners, survivor links, and information about the signs and symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress syndrome. (Fenichel)
Children & Violence
A compilation of useful resources for teachers, counselors, parents, and students describing the causes and warning signs of violence. (Fenichel)
Chronic Illness Resources for Teens
"These resources are the result of a collaboration between the Koop Institute and the S.T.A.R. Program for teens with chronic illness." Personal stories by teens facing a variety of chronic illnesses.
For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help
Parents, teachers, and practitioners are well-aware of how 'sticky' strong beliefs and attitudes can be among tweens and teens. Rather than demanding a 'totally unacceptable' change, a psychologist, Dr. Mary Alvord, describes to NPR how 're-framing' situations can lead to mutually positive outcomes. (I'd add that reframing/contextualizing is good for thinking conceptually and sequentialy in general.) Quick, easy read.
From the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, "the official site for everything related to OCD". Resources, Research and Recovery. A great page!
A collection of articles and interactive websites by and for teens. (Fenichel)
Psychology: Questions & Answers for Students
A clinical psychologist offers advice to students interested in, or studying psychology. "What's a cool topic?"
Ask Dr. Mike!
School Anxiety and School Phobia
Dr. Maureen Hogan, Past President of the NY State Psychological Association, School Division, presents a clear and informative paper. What do students really fear?
Advice for and by teens, articles on peer pressure & self-esteem, and success stories by Courageous Kids and teens. (Fenichel)
Teen Advice: What's that?
This is aimed at teens. A discussion about the demands of adolescence, including peer pressure, trying to feel good about yourself, & the importance of What is "Cool".
More prevalent than many realize, here are some studies, statistics, and additional sources of information and support, from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
A collection of useful sites for teens, featuring expert advice on dating, hormones, peer pressure, and school pressure. Includes teen sites, educational sites, and special features. (Fenichel)