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The angry adolescent — a phase or depression?

September 10, 2012

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Michael Craig Miller, MD, Senior Editor, Mental Health Publishing, Harvard Health Publishing

Michael Craig Miller, M.D., was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from August 2000 to March 2012. Published monthly, the Harvard Mental Health Letter was read widely by professionals and non-professionals alike. Dr. … See Full Bio
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natural ways to treat depression
November 7, 2012

Great article about teenage depression. Will be passing this onto my children to have a read as well.

I much rather use natural depression treatments than popping pills.


Daily Deals
November 3, 2012

I also want to share my views on this as it is the best option for all of us if we work on the advice of the author of this article. It will be beneficial for us.

October 30, 2012

Great post. Angry adolescent defines the mental state of the adolescent

Holliswood Hospital
October 25, 2012

Adolescence can be a trying time for the adolescent and the adult. There is a major difficulty in identifying the difference between mental illness and “lashing out”. There are programs available for parents to attend and there are definitely programs tailored for adolescents. Good luck to everyone out there. Please research programs that best fit your needs. I promise a counselor will be extremely helpful. Recovery is real.

Vaneesa Diaz
September 18, 2012

Hmm.. it describes the phase of depression really nice lines and meaningful article..
Really too much inspired by your article, its too much helpful for my work..
Thanks for writting. And keep your blog updates, i am daily visitor of it.

September 13, 2012

Hi, My 16 year son is angry and scared at the same time. I do not know whether he is actually depressed. When does one go go professional help?

I got some hope when last month he asked me to buy him weights so that he could start weight lifting to build six-pac-abs to get confident, I guess. This is giving me more hope – because I think he is becoming more positive about life.

September 30, 2012

Hi, have you tried talking to your son? If so, has he remained angry and scared? Let him know, that you are always there for him no matter what. I’m sure you do, but make sure he knows that he isn’t alone. Sometimes, we adolescents tend to forget that. I think he might feel the need to prove how much of a man he is, externally. I could understand that also as I am a adolescent male. I hope I helped a little bit.

September 12, 2012

As a father I can attest that it is difficult to gauge the level and seriousness of the anger. I would like to see more parents utilize the resources available to them, there are some particularly good ones available. Communication and open door policies certainly do help.

September 11, 2012

Good article about adolescence.

I feel that there are many “normal” phases of adolescent depression that is all part of the normal process of growing up. Learning to recognize the design of what is not normal or warning signs of abnormal behavior is important.

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