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Why does school start so early when teenagers are naturally night owls?

Why does school start so early when teenagers are naturally night owls?

Who knows?: We know that teenagers have a delayed sleep phase- meaning they naturally like to stay up late and sleep in, yet high schools start sometimes as early at 730am! who knows why- probably because we want time for after school sports practices. Regardless, to help your teenager try to advise them to keep a consistent bedtime (weekdays and weekends!) and get up at the same time each morning. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm a teenager and have very bad anger issues, i haven't been in school since i was 11/12?

What to do if i'm a teenager and have very bad anger issues, i haven't been in school since i was 11/12?

Anger: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is excellent for dealing w anger problems. Getting physical through aerobic activity is an excellent way to help keep anger in check. There are more serene ways to do it – including tai chi, qi gong, acupuncture, massage & meditation. Avoid drugs & don't look alcohol as a solution. ...Read more

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What are some tips for a teenager with depression to be able to concentrate in school?

Depression: Immediately seek out treatment with a psychotherapist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) or acceptance and commitment therapy (act). Recent research has shown act to greatly enhance concentration and school performance. In addition (but not instead), you may want to consult a psychiatrist for medication to provide more immediate relief. ...Read more

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What are the diferences between an early bird and an night owl? Who is better?

What are the diferences between an early bird and an night owl? Who is better?

Rhythms: The differences are often based on people's natural wake-sleep cycles: some persons' are shifted so that they up early(early birds) and some shifted so that they sleep late(night owls). To a certain extent, your sleep habits can be regimented so as to shift you from an early bird to night owl and vice versa. In the end, neither is intrinsically better, just different. ...Read more

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Teenager with kyphosis who is embarassed to wear his back brace at school. Advise?

Teenager with kyphosis who is embarassed to wear his back brace at school. Advise?

Be a parent: Be a parent first and a friend second. Your teen doesn't have the education or the life experiences to make this decision, that's why he has parents and drs. Ask the physician to explain to your child what the treatment is for and why he needs it. Your child doesn't get to decide yes or no, that's your decision. Ask his teachers and the school nurse to monitor him when you're not there. ...Read more

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My teenager daughter is having panic attacks especially at bed time but sometimes during the day and at school. What can I do to help her?

My teenager daughter is having panic attacks especially at bed time but sometimes during the day and at school. What can I do to help her?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as panic attacks, which are common is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Im a senior in high school and have been chewing since the middle of freshman year and I was wondering if its common for a teenager to get oral cancer?

Im a senior in high school and have been chewing since the middle of freshman year and I was wondering if its common for a teenager to get oral cancer?

As you get older: The risk increases as you get older. The number of years you do the insult, it increases the risk. The sooner you stop, the sooner the insult stops. It typically takes years to see the result of the insult to the tissue, and the reason you don't typically diagnose these cancers till a few decades later. Best thing to do is stop now. ...Read more

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If a teenager got a linear skull fracture, how long should he wait before returning to school?

If a teenager got a linear skull fracture, how long should he wait before returning to school?

Variable: The severity of the injury is the determining factor. Your doctor, who has the details, is the person to ask. ...Read more

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I am almost 17 and I am still an early bird. How can I avoid turning into an owl? I usually have lots of homework but afternoon classes. :)

I am almost 17 and I am still an early bird. How can I avoid turning into an owl? I usually have lots of homework but afternoon classes. :)

Early Bird: Use your bodies natural body rythm. I am an early bird too. When I went to medical school I got up even earlier to do my book work. I found it better to sleep when my body said so. I was also more efficient at doing my homework. ...Read more

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