Information on Teens & Emotional Health
A teen deals with lots of emotional highs and lows. One minute they might feel great – the next they feel sad and tearful. This kind of shift in moods is OK! Their life is changing, just like their body.
These mood swings are not just hormones – they may be feeling a lot more pressure, and they are still developing the skills they need to deal with that pressure. They may be facing added responsibilities at home, tougher grading policies in school, their friends may be changing, etc.
There are a lot of pressures on teens today, and many challenges and decisions they have to make. As they grow older, teens will develop the skills they need to reduce stress or cope with it but for now, just remember they are in a tough spot and need all the support they can get.
We encourage them to reach out to adults and friends.
This section is devoted to issues involving emotions and relationships. Being human is an emotional experience – we all have our moments of happiness, sadness, anger, depression, anxiety, and a host of others feelings.
How do we deal with those emotions?
Are some harder to handle than others?
Below you will find the resources necessary to understanding the emotions of your teen and to help the both of you survive the difficult teenage years together.
PAMF Articles for Parents
- Family LifeSkills
- Teens & Depression
- Teens & Eating Disorders
- Teens & Violence Prevention
- Helping Teens Handle Stress
- Teachers Edition: Bully Module
- Tips & Advice for Talking With Preteens
- Helping Your Teen Make Responsible Choices
- Tips & Advice to Finding a Therapist for
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PAMF Articles for Preteens & Teens
- My Feelings
- Articles on Stress
- Articles on School
- Balancing Your Life
- Little Brothers & Sisters
- Crisis Helplines & Hotlines
- Improving Your Mind for Teens
- Improving Your Spirit for Teens
- Who Are You & What's Important?
- Articles on Making Smart Choices
- Articles on Violence
- Quiz: Are You a Bully?
- Information on Bullying
- My Classmate is a Bully!
- Student Edition: Bully Module
- Humor: It's Not Always Funny
- Feeling Anger
- Feeling Conflict
- Family Problem-Solving
- Articles on Dealing With Emotions
- Conflict Resolution Skills for Preteens
- Articles on Growing Up & Responsibility
- Binge Eating
- Eating Disorders
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Orthorexia Nervosa
- Dangers of Eating Disorders
- Overview of Teenage Eating Disorders
- Teen FAQ: Privacy About Eating Disorders
- Sexual Rights
- Home & Family
- Teens & Teachers
- ABCs of Healthy Relationships
- Meeting New People in Middle School
- Weight Loss
- Hair Removal
- Stretch Marks
- Body Image for Teens
- Body Image for Preteens
- Teen FAQ: Comparing Body Weight
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- Bodily Harm, By: Karen Conterio & Wendy Lader with Jennifer Kingson Bloom; Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
- Boy Crazy!, By: Charlene Ciannetti & Margaret Sagarese; Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
- Cliques, Phonies, and Other Baloney, By: Trevor Romain; Reviewed By: Julia Ransohoff
- Get Out of My Life, By: Anthony E. Wolf
- Goodbye, Friend, By: Gary Kowalski
- How I Look Journal, By: Molly and Nan Dellheim; Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
- Too Old for This, Too Young for That, By: Harriet S. Mosatche, Ph.D & Karen Unger, M.A.; Reviewed By: Julia Ransohoff
- Queen Bees and Wannabes, By: Rosalind Wiseman; Reviewed By: Julia Ransohoff
- Bullies are a Pain in the Brain, By: Trevor Romain; Reviewed By: Sam (middle school student)
- The Bully Free Classroom, By: Allan L. Beane; Reviewed By: Katie Ransohoff
- The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, By: Barbara Coloroso; Reviewed By: Katie Ransohoff
- Easing the Teasing, By: Judy S. Freedman; Reviewed By: Julia Ransohoff
- Girl Wars, By: Cheryl Dellasaga & Charisse Nixon; Reviewed By: Julia Ransohoff
- Good Parenting Through Your Divorce, By: Mary Ellen Hannibal
- Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child, By: Isolina Ricci
- I'm, Like, SO Fat!, By: Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
- Reviving Ophelia, By: Mary Pipher
- Surviving Ophelia, By: Cheryl Dellasega
- Girl Talk, By: Judith Harlan; Reviewed by: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
- The Body Project, By: Joan Jacobs Brumberg; Reviewed by: Leigha Winters
- Real Gorgeous, By: Kaz Cooke; Reviewed by: Katie Ransohoff
- The Shy Child, By: Philip G. Zimbardo & Shirley L. Radl
- Doing School, By: Denise Clark Pope; Reviewed by: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
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- Resources for Stress
- Resources for Bullying
- Resources for Life Skills
- Resources for Depression
- Resources for Relationships
- Resources for Eating Disorders
- Resources for Responsible Choices
- Resources for Divorce, Separation,
- Resources for Self-Esteem, Body-Image,
and Social Shyness
- What to Expect & When to Seek Help: This brochure includes a Bright Futures developmental tool for families and providers of adolescents. It seeks to inform parents on what to expect of their teens social and emotional development. The brochure includes checklists for many different issues including feelings, friends and family, preventing injuries and risky behavior, body image and eating behaviors, sex and sexuality, and much more. This brochure is in the Adobe Acrobat Format. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, please download the appropriate software, found here.
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