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A 31-year-old member asked:

do all teenagers have suicidal thoughts at some point?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
No: When a teenager shares suicidal thought it is a call for help, that young person really needs to be hooked up with a helping professional experienced with teens.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
No but many do: Transient thoughts of wishing one were dead or wondering what would happen if one committed suicide probably occur occasionally to 40-45% of adolescents sometime during their teen years. Fortunately, actual consideration of taking action on such thoughts is much rarer, and serious attempts at suicide far rarer still.

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Teen smoking: Teen smoking is the gateway to other drugs/alcohol. Talk with her to discuss the pros and cons of smoking cigarette, and how to quit. Changing behavior is not easy, but is certainly doable.
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Why are teenagers more susceptible to pneumococcal meningitis?

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Is neuroblastoma common in teenagers?

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How can I reduce the pressure on my teens to act older?

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If the pressure...: ...Is from you, then don't apply the pressure. If the pressure is from another family member, speak with them about your concerns. If the pressure is from peers, there's nothing you can do about it. You can, however, discuss this with your kids so they know you support them and so they have the strength to cope.
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What's a teen gender identity disorder?

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Born wrong body: Gender identity disorder is when one feels as if they have been born the wrong gender. There is an aversion to the body parts that represent their birth gender as well as an overall identification with the opposite sex - regardless of sexual orientation. People with gid typically feel this way from early childhood but it may get worse in adolescence as secondary sex traits appear.

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