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Introduction to Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers—in a series of posts—to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.

The questions and answers are organized by topic:

Q & AEnvironment vs. Biology

Discusses whether depression is rooted in biology, environment, or both

Q & AMiddle School Kids Ages 10-12 and Younger

Answers questions about the signs of anxiety and depression in preteens

Q & AProfile of High Risk Kids

Explores the factors that can increase the likelihood that a teen will have depression

Q & ARedefining Success

Examines the impact that overcommitment and academic pressure can have on teens

Q & AThe Role of Social Media

Considers the pros and cons of social media

Q & AHow Schools Can Help

Outlines steps that school staff can take to promote awareness of and access to mental health support

Q & AHow Parents Can Help

Recommends approaches parents can follow if a child tends to be anxious or is dealing with depression

Q & AHow Peers Can Help

Provides suggestions for the ways in which peers can support a friend dealing with anxiety and depression

Q & AOther Concerns

Offers referrals for mental health support services outside of the Bay Area


If you have concerns about your child, Clinical Services Coordinators can arrange a free 30 minute Care Consultation so you can explore options with an expert. We invite you to call or email our Clinical Services Coordinators at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org to set up an initial Parent Consultation appointment.

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