For over 10 years, teens have been asking us questions on every topic imaginable. While we are no longer taking new questions, we have a wealth of information we would like to share with teenagers.
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If you identify with items that are listed in self-assessments, and these behaviors/symptoms cause you significant distress in daily living(e.g. they keep you from doing fun activities or isolate you when you might visit w/peers or get in the way of normal flow of routine etc.) it would be good to have assessed. This can be done through your pediatrician's referral or a local family and children's services clinic (not walk-in), Palo Alto Medical Foundation if your pediatrician is here, and community professionals (your parents' health insurance can give you a list). Share with your dad and mom (despite your worry about her worry; remember, she's the adult) that you want help now. And have them also look at this Teen Website section "Emotions and Life" (http://www.pamf.org/teen/life/), as well as the Parents Website(www.pamf.org/parents). Both suggest the substantial difficulties teens can have with managing stress, anxiety, depression. Good luck!
Susan McKenzie , LCSW