Author: Henry Berman, MD

School Avoidance in Teens

Help!  I can’t get my teen to go to school.

The good news and the bad news is that this is not an unusual problem.  At least 5% of children refuse to attend school or remain in class an entire day and some studies show that some form of chronic absenteeism affects 28% of youth some time in their lives.


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Combating Insomnia in Teens

We asked a colleague for helpful hints for parents on how to combat insomnia in teens.  This post is a nice follow-up to our post on sleep in adolescents that focused more on why teens may be more fatigued than we’d expect. If you have other ideas for how to help your teen sleep, please let us know!




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Traditional Bullying in Teens

Bullying is one of the most difficult experiences a child or teen can have.  Besides the direct injury, the aftermath of bullying—the self-doubt, the fear, the sense of isolation– can haunt the victim for years, often casting a shadow into adulthood.  Parents armed with an understanding of bullying, and supplied with information and resources about how to help, can play a critical role in preventing bullying or in minimizing the consequences of the experience.

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What is ADHD

In the past, ADHD was seen as a problem with hyperactivity and impulsivity. More recently it has become clear that there are additional problems: difficulty with focus, memory and other areas. Both types of ADHD (with and without hyperactivity) are caused primarily by a neurotransmitter (a chemical signal in the brain) called dopamine.

Although these teens have a normal amount of dopamine and other neurotransmitters, they don’t work they are supposed to. This causes symptoms such as difficulty paying attention; not being organized; having trouble finishing school work; or losing completed homework. “Time sense” is also one of the key elements; time for teens with ADHD is usually “now or never.” If they plan to do something later, it is almost impossible for them to remember to do it.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about ADHD:

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