Health Matters

Teenagers and Mental Health

Ways to build and fortify strong bonds.



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Adolescence is a time of rapid growth, learning, and personal discovery. Dr. Dave Curtis, Chief Behavioral Health Officer for UH Health Family Care Center at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says this time can often pose unique challenges to one's mental health.

“Adolescence is a time of change, physically, socially, and psychologically. Questioning everything, prioritizing self-expression, and frequently feeling misunderstood are common experiences.”

“A recent 10-year study by the CDC reported 42% of teens felt persistent sadness or hopelessness. A key developmental task is to establish one's individual identity distinct from parents and peers. This healthy differentiation happens when building strong bonds during these times of change.”

“Making one-on-one time that emphasizes active listening and reflection rather than advice giving can fortify bonds and help adults protect adolescents from these risks.”

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