A summer day with my “perfect” teenager

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7:30 a.m. My 16-year-old son wakes up on a beautiful summer morning after 9 hours of sleep. He’s singing in the shower, a sign that... Read more

You say yes…I say no: how parenting style may affect teens’ behaviors

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As Groucho Marx once said, “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” If only getting older were so simple... Read more

Why should I take sibling bullying seriously?

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It seems to be the accepted norm that siblings will fight and torment each other. But researchers say sibling bullying should be treated as... Read more

Teen acne: Don’t scrub, don’t pick and try not to stress

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In medical school we had a joke: What is the biggest organ in the body? The answer, “skin,” made us chuckle. Little did I know... Read more

Teen depression often times accompanied by another mental or physical illness

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Today’s guest blogger is R. Rao Gogineni,M.D,, head of the division of child & adolescent psychiatry, at Cooper University Hospital... Read more

Teen texting and sexting: What do I need to know?

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Most of my teenage patients have one hand attached to their cell phones during their medical visits. Sometimes they’re answering their... Read more

When teens cut themselves

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It’s difficult to hide: multiple slash marks on the forearm. Many try to cover-up the painful reminders of a very bad day while some... Read more

Shaping girls’ body images in a positive way

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Dictionaries define “body image” as a subjective idea of one’s physical appearance based on self-observation and other people’s... Read more