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Behavior

About Teen Suicide

When a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected. The reasons behind a suicide or attempted suicide can be complex, but often there are warning signs.

ADHD

ADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.

ADHD and School

ADHD can affect a child's ability to do well in school and even make friends. This article for parents has tips on working with teachers to help your child succeed.

ADHD Medicines

Medicine doesn’t cure ADHD. But it does help boost a child's ability to pay attention, slow down, and have more self-control. This article for parents has details on how ADHD medicines help.

Binge Eating Disorder

Kids who eat unusually large amounts of food - and feel guilty or secretive about it - could be struggling with binge eating disorder.

Biting

There are ways to get to the bottom of your toddler's biting habit. These steps can help.

Breath-Holding Spells

Kids who have these spells hold their breath until they pass out. Although upsetting to watch, the spells are not harmful and do not pose any serious, long-term health risks.

Compulsive Exercise

Even though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful. Teens who exercise compulsively are at risk for both physical and psychological problems.

Cutting and Self-Harm

Some teens and even pre-teens hurt themselves on purpose. Find out why some cut or do other types of self-injury and how to help.

Delayed Speech or Language Development

Knowing how speech and language develop can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.