Child & Adolescent Related Content

Everything You Need To Know About Child & Teen Mental Health

Child and adolescent mental health has finally started to get the attention it deserves. Behavior that was once seen as kids being kids—like teens being rebellious or children misbehaving at home or school—may be due to the onset of mental health conditions in young people. Over half of all cases of...

How To Set Up Your Kids for Success: Focus on Their Mental Health

Did you know that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14? Statistics like this make McLean Hospital clinicians, like Dana B. Sarvey, MD, want to spend every possible minute educating parents, pediatricians, and other adults who care for children about the importance of mental...

Podcast: Ask Me Anything About Student Mental Health

Jenn talks to Dr. Melinda Macht-Greenberg about how to support and check in on loved ones during the school year. Melinda discusses the mental health challenges students are facing and talks about child and adolescent mental health. Melinda Macht-Greenberg, PhD, is a Harvard-trained child...

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Being a teenager is difficult. Teens go through many changes, including social and educational changes and hormonal mood swings. Sometimes teens act without thinking if they will get into trouble, with out-of-character actions, thoughts, and feelings all being part of the typical teen experience...

Podcast: Mindfulness for Kids & Teens

Jenn talks to Dr. Lisa Coyne about mindfulness and its benefits for kids and adolescents. Lisa provides a framework for mindfulness for kids, shares tips to get kids and teens involved in mindful practices, and talks about how we can all benefit from being a little more aware. Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is...

Video: Helping Kids & Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum Thrive

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a very common developmental disability, impacting one in 54 children. What is true for one person with autism may not be true for another, which can be challenging for kids and teens with the condition as well as for caregivers trying to understand ASD. So, for...

Video: The Connections Between Parent & Child Mental Health

A child’s mental health is not just supported by their parents or caregivers—it can be shaped by them. Mentally healthy children rely heavily on them as the foundation for becoming independent, successful, happy adults. However, parents face plenty of challenges when looking after children, and...

Video: Ask Me Anything About Student Mental Health

School can be stressful for so many reasons. Whether a child is just starting daycare or finishing up a university degree, the mental toll of education can be overwhelming. New schedules, peer influence, and difficulty learning can all amount to an increase in mental health challenges. How can we...

Video: Lecture – Young Adult Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by Cindy H. Liu, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Visiting Scholar Series The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth many uncertainties and stressors that have had tremendous effects on the mental health of young adults. These issues have been made worse by ever-changing public health...

Video: Easing Back-to-School Anxieties for Kids & Parents

Transitioning back to school can be nerve-wracking for parents and kids alike. Even without a pandemic, starting a new academic year can be stressful, anxiety-inducing, and frustrating for everyone involved. So how can we feel emotionally healthy in an unpredictable time for families? And when many...

Understanding Anxiety in Kids and Teens

As a parent, teacher, babysitter, or even neighbor, you may notice behavior that concerns you. Though you may not be able to immediately identify it, you know something is not right. Anxiety in children can show up in different ways, such as avoidance of activities or experiences, irritability, and...

Just How Does Drinking Affect the Teenage Brain?

Studies at McLean Hospital and elsewhere have shown that alcohol affects the brains of adolescents in profound and dangerous ways. During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to alcohol than the adult brain. Moreover, research indicates that the...

Podcast: Let’s Talk About Child and Teen Mental Health

Today we talk to Dr. Lisa Coyne about child and teen mental health—discussing ways to navigate various conditions in kids and teens, methods to cope with anxiety around school, and strategies to develop a close bond with our children. Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in...

Everything You Need To Know About Teen Use of Drugs & Alcohol

Growing up can be difficult. Oftentimes, adolescents are curious, stressed, emotional, and looking for ways to escape boredom. Adolescents are also more likely to experiment with substances due to the way the brain develops. Sometimes, when given the opportunity, they’ll find an escape through drugs...

Video: Gearing Up Your Kids for a Mentally Healthy Summer

After another disrupted school year, kids are adapting to the next new normal: summer vacation. Since screen times have been sky-high, social activities have been disrupted, and outdoor gatherings have been limited, maintaining child and teen mental health may require a little extra effort. So how...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in Kids and Teens

While working on a project together, you see a friend packing up their work supplies in a very neat fashion. You can’t help but point out that they’ve organized all their pens to be lined up in order of color and all facing the same direction in their box. “Oh,” they reply. “That’s just my OCD.”...

Video: Mindfulness for Kids and Teens

How do you explain mindfulness to a child? Turns out, it can be as simple as giving your full attention to one thing at a time. But it can make a major, positive impact on how kids address their emotions and react to stressful situations. So how can our kids train their brains to be more mindful...

Video: Mental Wellness for Kids and Teens

Growing up is difficult—it always has been. But more recently, the challenges that kids and teens face seem even more daunting. From cyberbullying to digital learning, many issues they encounter are new and uncharted territory for parents and guardians. In addition, the late teenage years are known...

Students, Suicide, and What Parents Can Do

Most high school and college students struggle while trying to succeed in the classroom, fit in with their peers, and cope with all the highs and lows of growing up. Those stressors often lead to depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, those same stressors can lead to thoughts of suicide. Advice for...