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Alcohol abuse and alcoholism arrow top


Girl Talk: Choices and Consequences of Underage Drinking

Read our section on straight talk about alcohol.

Students Against Destructive Decisions

The Cool Spot

Too Smart to Start: Tweens

Allergies arrow top


Food Allergies

Just for Kids (Copyright © AAAAI)

Milk Allergy: A Guide for Teens (Copyright © CYWH)

Teen Worker Safety in Restaurants: Latex Allergy

Alopecia areata arrow top

Children's Alopecia Project

Hair Loss

Wigs for Kids

Amputation arrow top

Amputee Coalition of America Youth Camp

Resources- Amputee Coalition

Anxiety disorders arrow top

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety (Copyright © The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands)

Going to a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist

Arthritis arrow top

Juvenile Arthritis (Copyright © Arthritis Foundation)

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Asperger syndrome arrow top


Kids' Quest: Autism

Asthma arrow top

Asthma Center

Meeting the Challenge: Don’t Let Asthma Keep You out of the Game

Just for Kids (Copyright © AAAAI)

Quest for the Code: Asthma Game (Copyright © Starlight Children's Foundation)

Read our section on Asthma.

The Asthma Wizard (Copyright © National Jewish Medical and Research Center)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) arrow top

AD/HD and Driving (Copyright © CHADD)

Read our section on learning disabilities and ADHD.

Understanding ADHD

Autism and autism spectrum disorders arrow top


Kids' Quest: Autism

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder (Copyright © The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands)

pdf icon Is it Just a Mood... Or Something Else? Information on Mood Disorders for Young People (Copyright © DBSA) (PDF - 239KB)

Flipswitch — For Girls Only (Copyright © CABF)

Bleeding disorders arrow top


Understanding von Willebrand Disease

Blindness and low vision arrow top

Blindness – Written for Kids (Copyright © MCWDN)

National Federation of the Blind: Students (Copyright © NFB)

Read our section on Blindness and low vision.

The Braille Bug (Copyright © AFB)

The National Library Service Kids Zone

Visual Impairment

Brain injury arrow top

Read our section on brain injury.

Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports

ThinkFirst! For Teens (Copyright © ThinkFirst)

Burn injury arrow top


Teen Worker Safety in Restaurants: Cooking Burns

Cancer arrow top

2bMe (Copyright © CTFA Foundation)

Coping With Chemo (Copyright © Starlight Children's Foundation)

CureSearch: For Patients (Copyright © CureSearch)

For Teens Only (Copyright © Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

Kids Cancer Network

Reproductive Questions and Answers for Cancer Survivors: A Guide for Teens (Copyright © Center for Young Women's Health)

Teens Living with Cancer (Copyright © Melissa’s Living Legacy Foundation)

Types of Cancer Teens Get

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Celiac Disease

Cel-Kids Network (Copyright © CSA)

Recipes for Teens with Celiac Disease

Visiting the Doctor (Copyright © CSA)

Cerebral palsy arrow top

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (Copyright © University of Virginia)

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease arrow top

CMTA Kids' Page (Copyright © CMTA)

Facts About Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease and Dejerine-Sottas Disease (Copyright © MDA)

Chronic fatigue syndrome arrow top

A Guidebook by and for Young People with CFIDS (Copyright © CFIDS Association of America)

CFS in Youth Home Page (Copyright © CFID Association of America)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Brave Kids

Dealing with a Health Condition

Impact of Chronic Illness on College Planning: A Guide for Teens (Copyright © CYWH)

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)

Make-a-Wish Foundation

Starlight Children's Foundation

Cleft lip and palate arrow top

As You Get Older (Copyright © CPF)

Building a Healthy Body Image and Good Self-Esteem: A Guide for Teens with Facial Differences (Copyright © CYWH)

Cleft Palate Foundation (Copyright © CPF)

Dealing with Cleft Lip and Palate

Crohn's disease arrow top

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Teen Guide: Dealing with Crohn's & Colitis (Copyright © Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America)

UC and Crohn’s (Copyright © CCFA)

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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis: Diet and Nutrition

pdf icon Nutrition for Teens with Cystic Fibrosis (Copyright © CFF) (PDF - 132KB)

Recipes for Teens with Cystic Fibrosis

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Hearing Impairment

Hearing Impairment: Advice from Kristin

Hear Our Voices (Copyright © AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

Listen To Your Buds! (Copyright © ASHA)

National Association of the Deaf Youth Leadership Programs (Copyright © NAD)

Read our section on Deafness and being hard of hearing.

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5 Ways to Fight Depression

Dealing with Teen Depression: Tips and Tools for Helping Yourself or a Friend (Copyright ©

Depression (Copyright © The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands)

Depression: A Guide for Teens (Copyright © CYWH)

Read our section on getting help with depression.

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Diabetes (Copyright © CYWH)

Diabetes Center

Kids Online (Copyright © JDRF)

Living With Diabetes: Everyday Life (Copyright © ADA)

Planet D (Copyright © ADA)

Read our section on diabetes.

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Be Active!

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Make Healthy Food Choices

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Stay at a Healthy Weight

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: What is Diabetes?

Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Dealing With the Ups and Downs of Diabetes

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Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome: Teens & Young Adults (Copyright © NACD)

Read our Spotlight on Katie Sullivan.

Drug abuse and addiction arrow top

Check Yourself (Copyright © Partnership for a Drug-Free America)

Dealing With Addiction

Heads Up: Real News about Drugs and Your Body

Marijuana: Facts for Teens

My friend thinks I have a drinking and drug problem

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

Read more about drug abuse in our Drugs and Alcohol section.

Teen Drug Abuse


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Little People of America

Little People of America: Frequently Asked Questions (Copyright © Little People of America, Inc.)

Short Persons Support

Eating disorders arrow top

Eating Disorders (Copyright © CYWH)

Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery: Help for Anorexia and Bulimia (Copyright ©

I Think My Friend May Have an Eating Disorder. What Should I do?

Information for Women and Girls (Copyright © NEDA)

Read our section on

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Endometriosis: A Guide for Teens (Copyright © CYWH)

pdf icon Endometriosis and You (Copyright © Endometriosis Research Center) (PDF - 1.3MB)

Epilepsy arrow top


For Teens (Copyright © Epilepsy Foundation)

Information for Teens (Copyright ©

Kidsclub (Copyright © Epilepsy Foundation)

Special Concerns for Teenage Girls (Copyright © Epilepsy Foundation)

Teen Zone (Copyright © Epilepsy Foundation)

Eczema arrow top

All About Eczema

Fetal alcohol syndrome arrow top

FAS Teen Fun Fair

Kids' Quest: FASDs

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fibromyalgia arrow top

Fibromyalgia Pain: Options for Coping (Copyright © MFMER)

Juvenile Fibromyalgia (Copyright National Fibromyalgia Association)

Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Copyright © Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)

GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) arrow top

Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Teen's Checklist for GER or GERD (Copyright © CDHNF)

Growth hormone deficiency arrow top

Growth Problems

The Magic Foundation Kids Club (Copyright © The Magic Foundation)

Heart diseases arrow top

Atrial Septal Defect

Be the Beat! (Copyright © American Heart Association)

Empower ME (Copyright © AHA)

Heart Disease

The Bad Fats Brothers (Copyright © American Heart Association)

HIV/AIDS arrow top

AIDS, Sex, and Teens (Copyright © AVERT)

Drugs + HIV: Learn the Link

Healthy Youth: Sexual Risk Behaviors

HIV Among Youth in the U.S.


HIV Test Locations

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Staying Alive Campaign

Voices of Youth (Copyright © UNICEF)

Huntington’s disease arrow top

Juvenile Huntington's Disease (Copyright © HDSA)

Inflammatory bowel disease arrow top

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Take Steps, Be Heard for Crohn's and Colitis (Copyright © CCFA)

pdf icon Teen Guide: Dealing with Crohn's & Colitis (Copyright © Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America) (PDF 2.7MB)

UC and Crohn’s (Copyright © CCFA)

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AAIDD Early Career Professionals

Intellectual Disability (formerly Mental Retardation) (Copyright © NICHCY)

Mental Retardation

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis arrow top

Arthritis in Children (Copyright © American College of Rheumatology)

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kidney disease arrow top

Chronic Kidney Conditions

Information for Kids and Teens (Copyright © National Kidney Foundation)

Learn About Your Organs (Copyright © National Kidney Foundation)

Lactose intolerance arrow top

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance (Copyright © CYWH)

Read our section on Lactose Intolerance.

What I Need to Know About Lactose Intolerance

Learning disabilities arrow top

Going to College: What to Look for in a Learning Disability Program (Copyright © LDRF)

LDOnline’s KidZone (Copyright © WETA)

Read our section on learning disabilities.

Teen Place (Copyright © Learning Disabilities Worldwide)

Lupus arrow top

About Lupus: For Children, Teens and Young Adults (Copyright © Lupus Foundation of America)


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) in Children and Adolescents (Copyright © Arthritis Foundation)

Mental health arrow top

Change Your Mind About Mental Health (Copyright © APA)

CopeCareDeal (Copyright © The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands)

Create a Personal Stress Management Guide (Copyright © AAP)

National Runaway Switchboard: Youth & Teens (Copyright © National Runaway Switchboard)

Read more about your emotions in our Your Feelings section and about mental illnesses in our Mental Health Conditions section.

Stress-o-meter (Copyright © Boston Public Health Commission)

Migraine arrow top

Headache Headstart for Young Sufferers (Copyright © National Headache Foundation)

Migraine Headaches

Mono (Mononucleosis) arrow top

Can a person get mono more than once?


Mononucleosis (Copyright © AAFP)

Multiple sclerosis arrow top

Keep S’myelin: A Fun Resource for Kids about MS (Copyright © National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Someone You Know Has MS: A Book for Families (Copyright © National Multiple Sclerosis Society) [pdf icon PDF 2.63MB]

When A Parent Has MS: A Teenager’s Guide (Copyright © National Multiple Sclerosis Society) [pdf icon PDF 889KB]

Muscular dystrophy arrow top

Muscular Dystrophy

Growing up, Staying Healthy, and Taking Charge (Copyright © MDA)

With a Little Help From Your Friends (Copyright © MDA)

Narcolepsy arrow top

Common Sleep Problems

Neuroscience for Kids: Narcolepsy (Copyright © Eric H. Chudler)

Sleep for Kids (Copyright © NSF)

Obesity arrow top

Healthy Eating: A Guide for Teens (Copyright © CYWH)

Read our sections on Nutrition and Fitness.

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers

The Bad Fats Brothers (Copyright © American Heart Association)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) arrow top

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

What You Need to Know About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Copyright ©International OCD Foundation)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) arrow top

Read our section on PCOS.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A Guide for Teens (Copyright © CYWH)

PCOS Guide for Teems: Preparing for Your Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (Copyright © CYWH)

Posttraumatic stress disorder arrow top

pdf icon Dating Violence Factsheet (Copyright © NCVC) (PDF - 145KB)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Teen Stressors: Trauma/Violence/Sexual Abuse Stressors (Copyright © Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)

Psoriasis arrow top

Facts about Psoriasis (Copyright © National Psoriasis Foundation)

Living With Psoriasis (Copyright © National Psoriasis Foundation)

National Psoriasis Foundation: For Teens (Copyright © National Psoriasis Foundation

Psoriasis: Lifestyle Factors and Social Life (Copyright © National Psoriasis Foundation)


Scleroderma arrow top

Juvenile Scleroderma (Copyright © Scleroderma Foundation)

Tips for Living with Scleroderma (Copyright © Scleroderma Research Foundation)

Scoliosis arrow top

About Scoliosis: What to Expect Before and After Surgery (Copyright © LISS)

Just for Teens (Copyright © ASSNA)

Scoliosis: A Guide for Teens (Copyright © CYWH)

Scoliosis: Samantha's Story

Sickle cell anemia arrow top

Sickle Cell Anemia (Copyright © Nemours Foundation)

Sickle Cell Kids (Copyright © Grady Health System)

The Sickle Cell Slime-o-rama Game (Copyright © SCF)

Speech and language disorders arrow top

Going to a Speech Therapist

Speech Problems

The Stuttering Foundation: Teens (Copyright © The Stuttering Foundation)

Spina bifida arrow top

Spina bifida (Copyright © SBA)

Spina Bifida Information for Teens and Young Adults

SPINAbilities: A Young Person’s Guide to Spina Bifida! (Copyright © SBA)

Spinal cord injury arrow top

Read our section on Spinal cord injury.

Spinal Cord Injury in Children and Youths: The Basics (Copyright © Shepherd Center) (PDF – 44.5KB)

Think First for Teens


Stroke arrow top

Hip Hop Stroke (Copyright © NSA)

Neuroscience for Kids: The Blood Supply of the Brain (Copyright © Eric H. Chudler)

Stroke [pdf icon PDF 165KB]

Teens (Copyright © CHASA)

Thyroid disease arrow top

Thyroid Disease and Teens

Tourette syndrome arrow top

Matthew and the Tics (Copyright © TSA)

Planet Tic! (Copyright © Danya International, Inc.)

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome Association for Young People (Copyright © TSA)

Turner syndrome arrow top

All about Turner Syndrome

Girls Without Periods

Turner Syndrome Society

Ulcerative colitis arrow top

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

pdf icon Teen Guide: Dealing with Crohn's & Colitis (Copyright © Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America) (PDF - 2.7MB)

UC and Crohn’s (Copyright © CCFA)

Ulcers arrow top

Dealing with Ulcers

Williams syndrome arrow top

The Williams Syndrome Association


Content last reviewed July 05, 2013
Page last updated August 24, 2018