Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents: Resource Overview

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to mental health disorders in adolescents. 

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG's endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers
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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion: Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents

Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents,” issued by ACOG in July 2017, provides basic information about common adolescent mental health disorders, focusing on specific implications for gynecologic and obstetric practice.

Resources for Women and Patients

Patient FAQ and Patient Education Pamphlet: Depression

This FAQ and related patient education pamphlet, issued by ACOG in June 2012, provides information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for depression.

External Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
AACAP provides answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, expert videos, and journal abstracts, in addition to books and guides relevant to each disorder.

American Academy of Family Physicians
AAFP provides clinical recommendations and guidelines on mental health topics including depression, suicide, and ADHD.

American Academy of Pediatrics
AAP’s mental health initiative provides resources on working with families and implementing mental health priorities in practice.

American Association of Suicidology
The American Association of Suicidology provides data regarding suicide and support resources for survivors.

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association provides clinical resources, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5).

American Psychological Association
APA’s adolescent resources include guidance for parents on raising an adolescent daughter and a web resource center for behavioral science-based information on children, youth and families.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America provides resources on mental health screening tools and support .

National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

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