Teen Health Glossary

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT therapy) is based on a psychological theory of human language. A 2015 review...

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  • Acute Stress Disorder

    Acute stress disorder is more persistent and much more intense than the routine stress that many teenagers experience....

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  • Adderall Abuse

    Adderall abuse is the use of the prescription medication for non-medical purposes. Given the energizing properties of the...

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  • Addiction

    Addiction is a chronic disease that afflicts people of all ages. More than 5 million American adolescents suffer...

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  • ADHD

    ADHD is an acronym that stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As it is one of the most...

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  • Adjustment Disorder

    Adjustment disorder can impact adolescents. It’s natural for teenagers to have some degree of difficulty adjusting to big...

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  • Adventure Therapy

    Adventure therapy is an experiential therapeutic approach that uses challenges in the outdoors as a tool for change....

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  • Anger Issues

    Anger in teenagers can be a normal part of maturing, and it can also be a signal that...

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  • Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia nervosa has the highest death rate of any mental illness, including all other eating disorders. Although anorexia...

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  • Anxiety Attacks

    An anxiety attack is a behavioral manifestation of an anxiety disorder. Teens often have anxiety attacks that are...

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  • Art Therapy

    Art therapy can be particularly effective with teenagers who tend to view art-making activities as a nonthreatening form...

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  • Attachment Disorder

    Attachment disorder can influence maladaptive behaviors. The most significant relationship in shaping mental health is the relationship formed...

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  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy

    Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is heavily influenced by John Bowlby’s attachment theory. This posits that humans have an...

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  • Atypical Depression

    Atypical depression is one category of depression. What’s happening in a person’s life strongly affects atypical depression and...

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  • Autism

    Autism spectrum disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than among girls. According to the Centers for...

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  • CBD

    Cannabidiol, known by the acronym CBD, is an alternative medical treatment used for a variety of conditions. Specifically,...

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  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

    CBT is the acronym for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The term “cognitive” comes from the Latin “cognoscere,” meaning “to...

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  • Childhood Trauma

    Childhood trauma can often be traced back to a parent-child relational problem. When teens have trauma as a...

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  • Club Drugs

    Club drugs are among the most common recreational drugs used among teens, along with alcohol and marijuana. This...

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  • Cocaine Abuse

    The intense effects of cocaine as a powerful stimulant can have an overwhelming impact on a first-time user....

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  • Codependency

    Codependency is a concept first developed in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), to describe the way in which dysfunctional family...

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  • Crack

    Crack cocaine use remains widespread. Data reported in the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicates that more...

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  • Culinary Arts

    Culinary Arts refer to a craft in the Western world developed during the Renaissance. Frenchman Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin...

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  • Heroin Abuse

    Heroin abuse and heroin addiction are on the rise among Americans. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

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  • Holistic Treatment

    Holistic treatment provides an alternative or complementary approach to Western healthcare. A National Institute of Health study showed...

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  • Horticulture

    Horticulture as a therapeutic tool can be traced back to Dr. Benjamin Rush, recognized as the “father of...

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  • Huffing/Inhalant Abuse

    Inhalant abuse, also known as huffing, is unusual in that it is most common among younger adolescents and...

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  • Relapse

    Relapse is a common occurrence among those in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse. According to drug relapse...

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  • Relationship Addiction

    Relationship addiction, or love addiction, is also known as codependency. In 1988, psychiatrist Timmen Cermak suggested that codependency...

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  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment services can be traced back to the work of Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud,...

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  • Ritalin Abuse

    Teen Ritalin use suppresses appetite, increases wakefulness, and enhances focus and attention. Therefore, it is abused by teens...

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  • Schizoaffective Disorder

    Schizoaffective disorder is diagnosed in about .3 percent of the population. Teen schizoaffective disorder is very hard to...

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  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Season Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of seasonal depression brought on by cold weather. Therefore, Seasonal Affective...

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  • Self-Harm

    The urge to self-harm is not uncommon, especially in adolescents and teenagers. Once self-injury, including cutting and self-mutilation,...

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  • Sex Addiction

    Sex addiction, also known as hypersexuality, is not an official clinical diagnosis. Experts consider sex addiction to be...

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  • Social Anxiety

    Often referred to as social phobia, social anxiety disorder is when a person is overcome with fear and...

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  • Social Media Addiction

    Being addicted to social media is a real threat in today’s modern world. Social media sites are virtual...

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  • Somatic Therapy

    Somatic Therapy, also referred to as ‘somatic counseling’ is a type of therapy that focuses on the connection...

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  • Spice Abuse

    Spice is a chemically produced drug made to look like marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids are sprayed on plant material...

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  • Steroid Use

    Medical professionals agree that any form of performance-enhancing steroid use should be categorized as steroid abuse. The National...

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  • Stimulant Abuse

    Stimulants are a category of substances that includes both illicit and prescription drugs. For teens, stimulants can be...

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  • Suicidal Thoughts

    Suicidal thoughts are much more common than most people would imagine. Thoughts of ending one’s life, or of...

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  • Suicide Attempts

    Teen suicide attempts demand a proactive response to safeguard lives. Failed suicide attempts leave behind emotional trauma that...

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  • Teen Intervention

    Parents may desperately want to help teens who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health challenges, but...

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  • Teen Yoga

    Teen yoga has been shown to improve both physical and mental health in adolescents. Like yoga for adults,...

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  • Teenage Anxiety

    Teen anxiety affects most adolescents at one time or another. Being anxious before a big test or nervous...

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  • Thought Disorder

    Thought disorder reflects a pattern of disorganized thoughts, often indicated by a flight of ideas or so-called “word...

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  • Trauma

    Trauma can arise from a wide variety of frightening or difficult events. These can range from common circumstances,...

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  • Trichotillomania

    Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling disorder that typically begins between the ages of 9 and 13, and peaks between...

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Teens - A Complete Guide
September 22, 2023

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Teens - A Complete Guide

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can play a pivotal role in aiding teenagers with their mental health issues. This post is aimed at parents and guardians seeking a deeper understanding of CBT's importance in he...
A young mother helping her teen out with her homework, and implementing strategies that make learning fun.
September 20, 2023

Balancing School Stress and Mental Well-Being: Tips for Teens/Parents

In today's fast-paced and competitive world, it's not uncommon for both teens and parents to experience a significant amount of stress. Between the heavy academic workload, extracurricular activi...
A young teen listening to his therapist on his first day of our outpatient program at Clearfork Academy.
September 18, 2023

Understanding Teen Outpatient Programs and Their Benefits

Discover the Merits of Teen Outpatient Rehab Programs You may be wondering why and how a teen outpatient rehabilitation program can benefit your teen. Here are three key reasons: Continuity of Li...
A female teen in the fetal position; is currently experiencing trauma.
September 15, 2023

Teen Trauma - A Complete Guide

Chapter 1: The Profound Impact of Trauma on Teens Trauma refers to a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can have lasting psychological and emotional effects on an individual. When i...

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