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What is depression?
Helen M. Farrell | TED-Ed

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. But because it's a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

Feel like you’re about to lose it? It could be a good time for a Meta-Moment
Marc Brackett, Ph.D. | TEDxGoldenGateED

When we’re overwhelmed by emotions, we’re usually not our best selves. We may blow up, say hurtful things or burst into tears. But what if we had a tool we could use to turn down the temperature at those times? Psychologist Marc Brackett has a helpful strategy.

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Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive
Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD and Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD
Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry
Lisa M. Schab, LCSW
Wise-Minded Parenting
Dr. Laura Kastner