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Acne. Bullying. Depression. Being a teenager can be tough. Whether you're a teen or a parent, it's smart to learn all you can about teen health issues. Our Learning Center is a great place to start.

Teens can get help with decisions or find how-to tips in topics such as:

  • Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.
  • Quitting Smoking.
  • Headaches: Managing Headaches.

Parents can find information about common concerns in topics such as:

  • Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
  • Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years.
  • Talking With Your Child About Sex.
  • Substance Use Problems: Dealing With Teen Substance Use.
Health Topics
  • Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries
  • Acne
  • Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids
  • Acne: Treatment With Antibiotics
  • Acne: Treatment With Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Acne: Treatment With Salicylic Acid
  • ADHD and Hyperactivity
  • ADHD Myths and Facts
  • ADHD: Impulsivity and Inattention
  • ADHD: Social Skills Training
  • ADHD: Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Has ADHD
  • ADHD: Tests for Other Disorders
  • Adolescent Sensory and Motor Development
  • Aggression in Youth
  • Alcohol Effects on a Fetus
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anorexia: Learning New Eating Behaviors
  • Anorexia: Learning to Trust Others
  • Assessing Your Asthma Knowledge
  • Asthma Action Plan: Red Zone
  • Asthma Action Plan: Yellow Zone
  • Asthma Diary
  • Asthma in Children: Knowing How Bad an Attack Is
  • Asthma in Teens and Adults
  • Asthma Zones
  • Asthma: Educating Yourself and Your Child
  • Asthma: Ways to Take Inhaled Medicines
  • Asthma's Impact on Your Child's Life
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Autism: Behavioral Training and Management
  • Back Pain in Children and Teenagers
  • Behavior Rating Scales for ADHD
  • Behavior Therapy for ADHD
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children: Other Health Problems That May Occur
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children: School Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder: Helping Someone During a Manic Episode
  • Birth Control
  • Birth Control for Teens
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Mini-Pill
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Patch
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Pill
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Ring
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Shot
  • Birth Control: How to Use a Diaphragm
  • Birth Control: How to Use the Patch
  • Birth Control: How to Use the Ring
  • Birth Control: Myths About Sex and Pregnancy
  • Birth Control: Pros and Cons of Hormonal Methods
  • Brace (Orthotic) Treatment for Scoliosis
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Bullying
  • Bullying: Building a Child's Self-Esteem
  • Bullying: How to Help Your Child Who Bullies
  • Bullying: Signs a Child Is Bullied
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Cap for Birth Control
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Abuse: Emotional Abuse by Parents
  • Child Safety: Guns and Firearms
  • Child Who Is Overweight: Evaluating Nutrition and Activity Patterns
  • Child Who Is Overweight: Medical Evaluation
  • Childhood Immunization Schedule: Ages 7 to 18 Years
  • Choking Rescue Procedure: Heimlich Maneuver
  • Cholesterol in Children and Teens
  • Cocaine
  • Cognitive Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years
  • Comparing Symptoms of Normal Moodiness With Depression in Children
  • Conditions Related to Dyslexia
  • Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Depression in Children and Teens
  • Congenital Heart Defects: Caring for Your Child
  • Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control
  • Counseling for Your Teen
  • Date Rape Drugs
  • Dealing With Today's Teen Issues
  • Dengue Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Dental Care: 6 Years to 16 Years
  • Dental Checkups for Children and Adults
  • Dental Sealants
  • Depression in Children and Teens
  • Depression Screening
  • Depression Screening in Children and Teens
  • Diaphragm for Birth Control
  • Differences Between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder in Children
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence: Checklist of Things to Take When You Leave
  • Domestic Violence: Getting a Protective Order
  • Down Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome, Ages 13 to 21
  • Down Syndrome: Grooming and Hygiene
  • Down Syndrome: Helping Your Child Avoid Social Problems
  • Down Syndrome: Training and Therapy for Young People
  • Dyslexia
  • Eating Disorders: Cultural and Social Factors
  • Eating Disorders: Feeling Better About Yourself
  • Eating Disorders: Malnutrition Tests
  • Eating Disorders: Things That Put a Person at Risk
  • Educational Rights for Children With Disabilities
  • Emotional and Social Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years
  • Emotional and Social Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years
  • Energy and Sports Drinks
  • Epilepsy: Atonic Seizures
  • Epilepsy: Tonic Seizures
  • Family Life Cycle
  • Family Therapy for Depression in Children
  • FDA Advisories for Antidepressants
  • Female Condoms
  • Fitness: Getting and Staying Active
  • Fluoride During Childhood
  • Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Getting Enough Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Grief: Helping Teens With Grief
  • Growth and Development Milestones
  • Growth and Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years
  • Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years
  • Growth Modification for Malocclusion
  • Gynecomastia
  • Headaches in Children
  • Health Risks Related to Smokeless Tobacco
  • Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early
  • Healthy Attitudes Toward Food and Exercise
  • Healthy Eating for Children
  • Healthy Eating in Children: Problems Caused by Poor Nutrition
  • Healthy Habits for Kids
  • Help Your Working Teen Balance Responsibilities and Set Priorities
  • Helping Adolescents Develop More Mature Ways of Thinking
  • Helping Children During Immunizations
  • Helping Children With Disabilities Stay Active
  • Helping Kids Handle Peer Pressure
  • Helping Your Child Avoid Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol
  • Helping Your Child Build a Healthy Body Image
  • Helping Your Child Build Inner Strength
  • Helping Your Child Transition Into Middle School or Junior High
  • Helping Your Child Who Is Overweight
  • Helping Your Teen Become a Safe Driver
  • Helping Your Teen Recover After a Traumatic Event
  • Hip Injuries, Age 12 and Older
  • Hip Problems, Age 12 and Older
  • HIV Screening
  • HIV Treatment in Children
  • How ADHD Affects Your Child
  • How Adolescent Thinking Develops
  • How Birth Control Methods Prevent Pregnancy
  • How Pregnancy (Conception) Occurs
  • How to Take Birth Control Pills
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Hypospadias
  • Immunization Schedules
  • Immunizations: Questions Parents Ask
  • Importance of Immunizations
  • Indoor Tanning: Is It Safe?
  • Inhalant Use
  • Interactive Tool: What Is Your Child's BMI?
  • Interactive Tool: When Are You Most Fertile?
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) for Birth Control
  • IUD Insertion
  • IUD Removal
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Deciding About Total Joint Replacement
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Inflammatory Eye Disease
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Pain Management
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Range-of-Motion Exercises
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
  • Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Levonorgestrel (LNg) IUD
  • LSD
  • Making the Most of Your Appointment
  • Male Condoms
  • Malocclusion and Orthodontics
  • Marijuana
  • Medical Checkups for Adolescents
  • Menarche
  • Meningococcal B Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Menstruation: Not Having a Period by Age 15
  • Methamphetamine
  • Milestones for Ages 11 to 14
  • Milestones for Ages 15 to 18
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Monitoring Asthma Treatment
  • Mononucleosis Complications
  • Nonprescription Products for Weight Loss
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder
  • Normal Menstrual Cycle
  • Orthopedic Surgery for Cerebral Palsy
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Pediatric Preparation for Medical Tests
  • Personal Stories About Choosing Birth Control Methods
  • Physical Abuse
  • Physical Activity for Children and Teens
  • Physical Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years
  • Physical Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years
  • Preparing Your Child for the Hospital
  • Preventing Children's Injuries From Sports and Other Activities
  • Protecting Your Child From Online Strangers
  • Protecting Your Skin From the Sun
  • Puberty Issues
  • Questions Your Doctor May Ask Before Prescribing Medicine for Depression in Children and Teens
  • Quick Tips: Helping Your Child Stay Safe and Healthy
  • Quick Tips: Keeping Acne Under Control
  • Quick Tips: Safely Giving Over-the-Counter Medicines to Children
  • Quick Tips: What to Do When You Crave Nicotine
  • Recognizing and Developing Your Children's Special Talents
  • Regular Checkup for a Child
  • Reye Syndrome
  • Safer Sex
  • Sample School Plan
  • Scoliosis in Children and Teens
  • Sexual Abuse or Assault (Rape)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Treatment
  • Signs of Drug Use
  • Signs of Substance Use
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Spermicide for Birth Control
  • Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
  • Starting Antidepressants: How to Care for Your Child
  • Starting Medicines for ADHD: How to Care for Your Child
  • Staying Aware of What Your Child Is Doing Online
  • Staying Safe: After You Leave a Violent Relationship
  • Staying Safe: If You Are in a Violent Relationship
  • Stress in Children and Teens
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Threats
  • Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder
  • Symptoms of Depression in Children
  • Syphilis
  • Talking to Your Adolescent or Teen About Problems
  • Talking to Your Child About Appropriate Online Behavior
  • Talking With Your Child About Sex
  • Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Teaching Older Children and Teens About Consent
  • Teen Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Teen Behavior: What's Typical and What Are Signs of a Problem?
  • Teen Relationship Abuse
  • Teen Smokers: Reasons to Quit
  • Teen Substance Use Disorder: Choosing a Treatment Program
  • Teen Substance Use: Making a Contract With Your Teen
  • Teenage Sleep Patterns
  • Teens With Diabetes: Issues for Parents
  • Teens: Being There for a Friend Who Self-Injures
  • Teens: Getting Out of an Unhealthy Friendship
  • Teens: Helping a Friend Who's Talking About Suicide
  • Teens: Supporting a Friend Who Is Struggling Emotionally
  • Teens: Talking About a Difficult Topic With Your Parent or Guardian
  • Teens: Things That Get in the Way of Mental Health Care
  • Teens: Tips for Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Teens: Tips for Using News and Social Media in a Healthy Way
  • Tips for Parents of Teens
  • Tobacco Use in Teens
  • Tourette Syndrome (TS)
  • Treatment for ACL Injuries in Children and Teens
  • Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Caring for Your Child
  • Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Safe Exercise
  • Type 1 Diabetes: Your Child's Role in Care
  • Type 2 Diabetes in Children
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Screening for Children
  • Understanding How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Can Affect Children
  • Unproven Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Vaccine Information Statements
  • Vaccine Safety
  • Violent Behavior in Children and Teens
  • Vision Screening and Eye Exams for Children and Teens
  • Vital Signs in Children
  • Warning Signs of Suicide in Children and Teens
  • Well-Child Visits
  • What to Do About Missed or Skipped Birth Control Pills
  • Your Teen's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Medical Tests
  • Bacterial Vaginosis Tests
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test of the Cervix
  • Stool Analysis
  • Syphilis Tests
Make a Wise Decision
  • Acne: Should I Take Isotretinoin for Severe Acne?
  • ADHD: Should My Child Take Medicine for ADHD?
  • Depression: Should My Child Take Medicine to Treat Depression?
  • HPV: Should I Get the Vaccine?
  • HPV: Should My Child Get the Vaccine?
  • Scoliosis: Should My Child Have Surgery?
Take Action
  • ADHD: Helping Your Child Get the Most From School
  • ADHD: Helping Your Child Get Things Done
  • Asthma: Taking Charge of Your Asthma
  • Diabetes in Children: Counting Carbs
  • Diabetes in Children: Preventing High Blood Sugar
  • Diabetes in Children: Treating Low Blood Sugar
  • Fitness: Teaching Your Child to Stay Active
  • Healthy Eating: Helping Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits
  • Quitting Smoking: Getting Support
  • Quitting Smoking: Helping Someone Quit
  • Sleep: Helping Your Children—and Yourself—Sleep Well
  • Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress
  • Substance Use Disorder: Dealing With Teen Substance Use

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