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Adolescent anxiety on the rise

March 30, 2015   0 Comments

adolescent anxiety on the rise

Teenagers appear to be having increasing difficulty in managing stress and anxiety. Mental health professionals agree that young people are being treated for anxiety-related disorders more than ever before. According to the National Institute on Mental Health, one in eight kids between the ages of 13 and 18 suffer from anxiety. Lifetime prevalence among this
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Assessing adolescent behavior with cognitive behavioral therapy

March 26, 2015   0 Comments

cognitive behavioral therapy and adolescence

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is one of the most commonly used treatments in mental health and it may be telling when it comes to determining and influencing adolescent behavior. Yet such behavior may not always be what it seems. The methodology of CBT can provide valuable insight into why teens think or behave the
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Macaulay Culkin and substance abuse

March 23, 2015   0 Comments

macaulay culkin and substance abuse

Many prominent people have battled substance abuse or alcoholism in their lives, leading to inevitable health risks and other dangers. Some, such as River Phoenix, have succumbed to a fatal overdose, leading their stories to become a cautionary tale. Others eventually recover, though prolonged abuse will inevitably still lead to consequences. One former child star
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Alcohol ads: How do they affect teen behavior?

March 20, 2015   0 Comments

alcohol ads and adolescents

Parents often worry over what kind of things their children are learning from the TV programs they watch. Many parents will even monitor the shows their kids watch in an effort to protect them. This is commendable but the question should be asked how many parents are trying to protect their children from advertisements? Those
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Supporting self-confidence by spending time with Dad

March 19, 2015   0 Comments

supporting self-confidence by spending time with dad

“Forget Batman: when I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my Dad.” — Paul Asay, “God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us about God and Ourselves” When we think of a typical teenage boy, hiding away in the
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How cellphones impact teens’ sleep

March 19, 2015   0 Comments

cellphones impact teens’ sleep

  That groggy teen you see every morning may have spent a good portion of what is supposed to be his or her sleeping hours playing video games, watching YouTube or texting friends. The lure of never ending sources of media content and social messaging has put a damper on down time. At the time
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Anti-anxiety and sleeping pills pose risk to teens

March 18, 2015   0 Comments

Anti-anxiety and sleeping pills pose risk to teens

  While anti-anxiety and sleep medications have been traditionally considered to be non habit-forming, a new study has found medications that adolescents are 12 times more likely to abuse. The University of Michigan investigators found that the teens acquired the additional pills from friends or family members, reopening the debate on pre-prescription substance abuse assessments.
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The connection between pollution and ADHD

March 16, 2015   0 Comments

pollution and ADHD

  Columbia University’s study on ADHD and air pollution has suggested that exposure to polluted air during pregnancy increases the risk and odds of behavioral problems associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health discovered that prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic
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How to handle drug abuse at a boarding academy

March 16, 2015   0 Comments

At a therapeutic boarding academy, such as White River Academy, many students attend in order to overcome a health disorder or substance abuse issues. However, some teens may attempt to continue abusing drugs while at the academy. Though a sneaky adolescent may attempt to bring drugs to the facility, these teens are usually caught before
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CBT shows promise as adolescent treatment

March 16, 2015   0 Comments

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach frequently used to treat anxiety and depressive disorders. While CBT has been traditionally used on adults, new research suggests that the therapy may be applicable for much more than reducing anxiety, not only being effective for children and adolescents, but offering considerable benefits in the years following
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