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How to Help Your Teen Pick a College With Mental Health Resources

Adjusting to college life is difficult under the best of circumstances, but for young adults prone to mental or emotional disorders, navigating college can be overwhelming. If your child has struggled with mental health issues in the past, it’s important to select a school that offers accessible, affordable mental health support and to have a plan for getting treatment. Students who have mental health resources at their disposal can be secure in the knowledge that when flare-ups occur, they can get the help they need to manage their illness, rather than suffering needlessly, or worse, giving up and going home.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Smartphone Addiction Can Lead to Edgy, Overweight Teens

Kat is an entrepreneur; she opened a bakery on her own and is working hard to get the business off the ground. She spends nights baking pastries and breads for the next morning, and though she does this from her home kitchen, she’s often preoccupied. She and her children are together, but somehow not together.

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Posted in Addiction Treatment

Outdoor Therapy Can Help Troubled Teens Break Vicious Cycle

Outdoor therapy, also known as wilderness or adventure therapy, is a form of psychotherapy that’s used to treat individuals who suffer from mental or emotional issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and drug addiction. In some cases, the term also refers to a form of physical therapy that uses the outdoors to promote healing. For troubled teens, this active form of therapy can be life changing, especially when it is included as a part of a rehabilitation program to help heal the mind and set the tone for a healthy and balanced life.

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Vigorous Exercise, Team Sports Can Guard Teens Against Suicide

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers in the U.S., ranking only behind accidental death and homicide. While any teenager can develop suicidal tendencies, certain individuals have higher risks than others. Current evidence indicates that regular participation in exercise or organized sports can significantly reduce an adolescent’s chances of thinking about suicide or attempting suicide. According to a new study published in 2013 in the journal Psychological Medicine, the suicide prevention benefits of adolescent exercise don’t end when a teenager reaches adulthood. In fact, they can last for a lifetime.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Impulsive Young Teens More Likely to Drink Heavily as Adults

Impulsivity is the term mental health professionals use to describe a personality trait that centers on a habit of acting without giving due consideration to the consequences of one’s choices. Current research links unusually high levels of this trait to increased risks for a number of serious problems, including suicidal behavior and morbid obesity. In a study published in July 2013 in the journal Addiction, a group of British researchers have linked impulsivity to significantly increased risks for heavy alcohol consumption among teenagers. This study identifies impulsivity as a cause of heavy teen alcohol consumption, rather than identifying heavy alcohol consumption as a clear-cut cause of impulsive behavior.

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Posted in Eating Disorders

Signs That Your Child Has an Eating Disorder

Experts do not have a definitive answer regarding precisely what causes eating disorders in children. They do, however, agree that there are things parents can do to catch the problem early.  Informed parents know how to spot the signs of distress and can act early to intervene before an eating disorder has time to take root. Listed below are a few flags which could signal that your child is becoming disordered in his/her relationship with food.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Increased Brain Activity Predicts Who Will Fall Prey to Substance Abuse

Identifying which teens might be at the highest risk for developing a substance use disorder is dependent on a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, if such a strategy could be implemented, high risk teens could be targeted for specialized education and early intervention programs.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Cyberbullying Can Lead to Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues

Cyberbullying is a term used to describe bullying behaviors that take place through various types of modern communications technologies rather than in person. While these behaviors largely mimic face-to-face bullying behaviors, they can potentially have a much broader reach and involve harsher bullying tactics. According to the results of a study published in 2010 in the American Medical Association’s Archives of General Psychiatry, cyberbullying increases a person’s risks for mental health impairments and certain types of substance use. Tellingly, these risks are largely the same, whether one acts as a cyberbully or experiences cyberbullying at the hands of others.

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Millennials More Stressed Than the Rest of Us, Survey Finds

In a country still getting over the shock of terror blasts in Boston, people might be surprised to learn that our national stress level has actually been going down in recent years. Stress levels are lower for most of us with a single exception – young people ages 18 to 33 years. This age demographic known as the Millennials, recently ranked above the national average in terms of stress. Millennials also hear from their doctors that they have a diagnosable anxiety disorder or are depressed more than any other age group.

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Posted in Drug Addiction

Talking to Your Kids About Marijuana

Marijuana is in the news a lot these days, and it seems to be undergoing a social and cultural transformation. With more states legalizing medical marijuana, and now in unprecedented moves, two states completely decriminalizing it, pot has become a mainstay of public discourse. What has not changed is the fact that this is a drug, it is illegal according to federal law, and you probably do not want your kids using it. So how do you discuss marijuana with your children in light of the news, the public debate, and the changing societal attitudes towards it?

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