When it comes to the emotional well-being of children, we tend to think of girls and boys as more alike than they are different — they need the same kind of nurturing. But girls develop differently from boys, especially after they reach puberty, and they experience different pressures. That makes them vulnerable to some different emotional and behavioral challenges.
This week on childmind.org we explore issues that affect girls more often than boys, signs that they are struggling and ways it's important to support their healthy development.
—Caroline Miller, Editorial Director
Mood Disorders and Teenage Girls
Why they are twice as vulnerable as boys are to depression and anxiety, and what signs and symptoms you should look for.
13 Ways to Boost Your Daughter's Self-Esteem
How to help girls build confidence based on what they can do, not what they look like.
How Girls With ADHD Are Different
Many of them hide their difficulties, and the emotional costs of being overlooked can be great.
Why Girls Apologize Too Much
How to help them stop saying 'sorry' and express themselves with self-confidence.
Eating Disorders and College
Why the first years away from home are a perfect storm for anorexia and bulimia, especially for young women.
What Drives Self-Injury and How to Treat It
As many as a quarter of all teenage girls cut themselves, often in secret.
Social Media and Self-Doubt
Social feeds are setting unreal standards and making young women feel 'like everyone has it together but you.'
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