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Teen Angst: Helping Teens with Insecurities

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Teens may sleep until lunchtime, ignore basic manners and treat you with contempt. But is it their fault?
Air Date: 4/30/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Cora Collette Breuner, MD
BreunerCorapix2012Dr. Breuner attended Medical School in Philadelphia at Jefferson Medical College with a Residency in San Diego at the Balboa Naval Hospital. She served as a transitional intern, consisting of 6 months internal medicine followed by 6 months of surgery training. Following this Dr Breuner was the general medical officer on the destroyer tender, USS Acadia, ported in San Diego. She entered a 3-year pediatric residency, serving as Chief Resident the final year. She spent the next two years as a general pediatrician in Japan, where she volunteered as a pediatric consultant in Navy clinics throughout Japan and Korea. Dr. Breuner then spent a year working in Pakistan caring for Afghan refugees where she taught soldiers to be medics in their military and local communities.

She has many publications on the safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Adolescent and writes board review questions for the American Academy of Pediatrics  PREP series. Dr Breuner lectures all over the United States, Canada and Europe on a variety of topics including complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics and on the adolescent patient and athlete. Finally she has three fabulous children, ages 16,19 and 21 20 and loves to travel, hike and go on adventures with her children and their dog.

Teen Angst: Helping Teens with Insecurities

Teens, as a rule, may sleep until lunchtime, ignore basic manners, do just the opposite of what you tell them to do and treat adults and others with contempt.

But it may not necessarily be their fault.

He looks far different than the sweet little child that used to cling to your leg. She walks around looking as if she's done something wrong. He hides his face with his hair or a hoodie. She stays up way later than you and seemingly isn't able to rise before 2:00 p.m.

Teens go through so many feelings in one day it is impossible to keep track of what they're thinking from one day to the next. But new research reveals that it might not be their fault. They are filled with mood swings, hormonal changes and oftentimes a lot of risk-taking behavior.

As a parent, of course you want to help your adolescent deal with anger and other emotions effectively and build up both self esteem and trust in you. But general feelings of uncertainty and angst make teens so much more anxious than they might otherwise be. 

Dr. Cora Collette Breuner shares ways to help your teen sort through those feelings and come out of the dark. Your child does not have to feel like he or she is the only one who understands what it's like to be a teen.

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