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[Comment] Responding to the adolescent in distress

From Socrates and Shakespeare through to Stanley Hall and Anna Freud in the 20th century, heightened emotions have been recognised as common in the adolescent years. However, such emotional reactions have throughout history been seen as a passing nuisance with little long-term consequence. Combined with the idea of adolescence as the healthiest time of life, these perceptions have generated a pervasive neglect in health care for the adolescent in crisis.1 However, perceptions are now shifting as new studies provide more information about consequences of the emotional and behavioural problems arising in these years.

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