Parents: Signs of Teen Depression You Should Know

Adolescence is an emotional time of ups and downs. But marked changes in typical behavior can be a red flag that the problem is more serious. Your teen may be showing early signs of depression. Adolescents show many of the same common signs of depression in adults. They may experience persistent feelings of sadness or crying spells for seemingly no … Read More

‘Sexting’ Can Indicate Other Sexual Behaviors in Teens

A middle-schooler who sends friends sexually explicit texts is more likely to engage in other sexual behaviors as well, a recent study says. Psychologist Kate Eshleman, Psy.D explains, “The study found a relationship between sending sexually explicit messages or photos and other high-risk behaviors such as engaging in sexual behaviors, including genital touching up to intercourse.” … Read More

Smoking — The Hookah Habit Is Harmful

Teens may find hookah smoking glamorous and exotic, but it is every bit as addictive as cigarette smoking — and may be more so. The ancient pastime has seen a revival among high school and college students, says Lauren Indorf, CNP, a nurse practitioner in Cleveland Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Center. Hookahs are water pipes resembling … Read More

4 Tips for Teenage Acne

Acne, a skin problem that typically affects teenagers, develops when pores become clogged by the oils and other substances on the skin. Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic, says your first line of defense is a good cleaning regimen. Here are some other tips to keep acne at bay: 1. Look for benzoyl … Read More