Teens with Emotional Disorders: When the Roller Coaster Jumps the Tracks

Event Date:

Wednesday, June 25, 2003
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Emotional turmoil comes with the territory of being a teen. Photo: iStock.com/Getty Images

Rebellion and emotional turmoil come with the territory of being a teenager. But how do you tell when it is routine teen angst or something beyond that? Which behaviors are normal reactions to the troubled and violent times we live in and which are warning signs of serious mental problems? 

Panelists
Bill Arroyo, M.D., director, Children's Mental Health Services, Los Angeles County and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, USC
Mark Deantonio, M.D., director, Adolescent Inpatient Services, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Catherine Hardwicke, director and co-writer, thirteen and winner, Sundance Grand Jury Director's Award
Robert Pynoos, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, UCLA and co-director, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
Ross Szabo, chairperson, Youth Initiative, National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, diagnosed as having bipolar disorder in his teens
Dan Weisburd, producer, director, mental health activist and father of a son with schizophrenia
Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, Ph.D., psychologist specializing in sexuality and mental health issues
• Moderator: Victoria Riskin, president, WGAW

Read the transcript