Alex Bachert

Alex Bachert is a public health professional, mental health advocate, and freelance content creator. Alex has a decade of health journalism experience writing for organizations such as MedPage Today, Ro, Genoa Telepsychiatry, and Modern Fertility. She enjoys vegan food tours, making lists, and strolls with her daughter and mini bernedoodle.

August 5, 2022
Phobias 101

Learn about social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobias, as well as therapy-based options to cope.

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August 2, 2022
How to Keep Calm with Panic Disorder

If you've experienced more than a few panic attacks, you might have something called panic disorder. We discuss symptoms, causes, and how to cope.

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July 25, 2022
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 101

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a type of anxiety disorder that can be very disruptive for teens if left untreated. We explain the potential causes and how to treat it.

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June 28, 2022
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 101

Learn about living with OCD and common obsessions and compulsions in teens, such as cleaning, repetitive actions, and aggressive thoughts.

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July 6, 2022
Looking at Anxiety in Adolescents

We review four common types of anxiety disorders in teens, as well as how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help.

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July 12, 2022
What is Gender Transitioning?

Learn why transgender and nonbinary youth align with their true gender identity, as well as the benefits and barriers to the process.

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July 1, 2022
What is Gender-Affirming Care?

Learn about the social, behavioral, and medical interventions that can help prevent gender dysphoria and affirm an individual’s gender identity.

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June 22, 2022
What to Know About Perfectionism and Anxiety

A review of self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially prescribed perfectionism and how it impacts mental health.

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June 17, 2022
How to Be a Better Ally to Your LGBTQIA+ Friends

Coming out, or inviting in, during teen and adolescent years can be tough. Here’s how to support your friends as they share their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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June 9, 2022
How to Support Your LGBTQIA+ Teen

Coming out to parents takes courage. Here’s how to support your child, while still allowing yourself time to process their truth.

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June 6, 2022
Inviting In (Coming Out) 101

“Coming out—or, as I and many others prefer to frame it, inviting in—is a deeply personal, powerful, and special act. It can also be pretty scary. We get that, and we’re here to help out.” Dr. Ley Cray, Charlie Health’s Director of LGBTQIA+ Programming

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May 25, 2022
Teen LGBTQIA+ Intimate Partner Violence: Know the Signs

Although often less talked about, the LGTQIA+ community experiences a high rate of partner violence. We review six forms of intimate partner violence among teens.

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May 26, 2022
How to Discuss Dating Violence with Your Teen

Teen dating violence is rising in the US. We give parents advice on recognizing the signs of it and provide resources to help teens in an abusive relationship.

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May 16, 2022
Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

Teens in unhealthy relationships may experience different types of abuse. Learn how to spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship for yourself or others.

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May 9, 2022
What is Bipolar Depression?

Bipolar disorder can pose significant mental health challenges for teens. We outline what causes bipolar depression, how to identify it, and treatment options.

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May 4, 2022
​​What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment)

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a recurrent form of major depression that typically begins in the fall and improves during spring and summer. Read to learn more about the symptoms, treatments, and other facts about SAD.

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April 22, 2022
​​What is Persistent Depressive Disorder? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment)

Persistent depressive disorder is a chronic mental health disorder that frequently begins during childhood or adolescence and can continue for life. We cover what causes it, how to identify it, and how to cope with the condition.

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April 21, 2022
​​What is Major Depressive Disorder? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment)

Major Depression is a significant mental health disorder facing teens today. We outline what causes it, how to identify it, and what the treatment is for the disorder.

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April 18, 2022
5 Depressive Disorders in Teens and Young Adults

Learn more about the five major types of depression and how they can show up in teens.

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May 12, 2022
Understanding Intimate Partner Violence for Teens

Violence and psychological aggression have no place in a relationship. We outline how to identify an unhealthy relationship and provide resources to leave one.

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