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Issue #229 (November/December 2011) issue cover
Anxiety
It's Common in Teens

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Destiny Smith conducts a Q&A with psychologist Sandra Pimentel about the different types of anxiety and ways teens can cope. (full text)

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Neha was failing physics until her teacher went the extra mile to make her believe she could succeed. (full text)

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Catherine learns how quickly things can escalate beyond the virtual world when a confrontation on Facebook leads to real-life violence. (full text)

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When her friend gets bashed on an anonymous Facebook page, Destiny sees the lasting consequences of online harassment and decides it's time to cut back on her social media use. (full text)

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Media have extensively covered stories of youth driven to
desperation and even suicide by online taunts and aggression. Here, YCteen writers discuss their own experiences and views of cyber abuse. (full text)

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An anonymous cyberbully tries to terrorize Kiara and her friends before the school talent show, but they refuse to be intimidated. (full text)

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When Jozina gets into a competitive college prep program, she is overwhelmed by the expectations and doubts whether she's truly "college-ready." (full text)

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Alice, whose father Dan Cantor is executive director of the Working Families Party, describes what it's like to grow up in a political family. (full text)

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This teen-friendly guide to the Occupy Wall Street movement—with accompanying videos—explains the financial inequality that activists are protesting. (full text)

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The writer is terrified when she experiences her first panic attack. She initially tries to hide the symptoms, but eventually seeks help. (full text)

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As a child, Edward was afraid of everything. It wasn't until one of his fears came true that he was able to start working through his anxieties. (full text)

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Barry is surprised by how hard his dad must work in the U.S. to support their extended family in West Africa. He develops anxieties about living up to expectations. (full text)

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YCteen writers take a look at ways Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, President Obama and others are saying "no more" to online harassment and bullying. (full text)

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Describe an embarrassing moment or experience you’ve had. How did you deal with it? What did it teach you? (full text)

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YCteen writers confess their phobias, both terrifying and hilarious. (full text)

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Kelly breaks down a study showing that, when girls outnumber guys in HS, girls compete for guys and are more willing to have sex rather than hold out for a relationship. Her advice to girls: don't play into the trend. (full text)
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