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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