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Managing adolescent OCD and perfectionism without medication, therapy
  Managing adolescent OCD and perfectionism without medication, therapy
Posted inMental Health

We all have OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, to an extent. People are creatures of habit that rely heavily on organization, subject to stress and anxiety whenever something is out of place. For some of us, however, perfectionist behavior can lead to absolutist, all-or-nothing thinking, inducing not only anxiety but panic and depression when reality […]

Divorce’s mental health effects on adolescents tied to age, family economic status
  Divorce’s mental health effects on adolescents tied to age, family economic status
Posted inMental Health

With divorce rates at almost 50 percent, everyone either knows someone who has experienced a divorce or has had one already themselves. Divorce disrupts family dynamics, sometimes leading to the development of behavioral issues in children. If the effects of divorce lead to the development of behavioral problems, are they creating mental disorders as well, […]

Boosting oxytocin helps adolescents with mental health disorders
  Boosting oxytocin helps adolescents with mental health disorders
Posted inMental Health

Known as the “love hormone,” oxytocin is a hormone that functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain, involved in the regulation of behavior and associated with maternal behavior, lactation, selective social bonding and sexual pleasure. Spikes in oxytocin are associated with experiences involving social connections as well as isolated and stressful events, with current studies […]

Technological devices promote compulsive behavior, adversely impact teen health
  Technological devices promote compulsive behavior, adversely impact teen health

We are bombarded by media more than ever in this day and age, with screens put in front of us in cars, restaurants and even gas stations. Although we are all guilty of giving our time and attention to a glass screen at some point in the day, adolescents are especially susceptible to the influence […]

Parental guided drinking: Is it good or bad?
  Parental guided drinking: Is it good or bad?

Growing up I remember talking with friends about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. One thing that stuck out to me was that several of my friends, even though we were between 10 to 12 years old, had already had alcohol given to them by their parents. Some had merely taken a sip of alcohol […]

United Nations talks on global youth mental health care barriers
  United Nations talks on global youth mental health care barriers
Posted inMental Health

International Youth Day is on August 12 every year, and the theme for 2014 was Youth and Mental Health. The UN created the #ShowYourSelfie campaign to raise awareness of the needs and rights of young people around the world, which encompasses the 1.8 billion young people worldwide who are under the age of 25. This […]

Effects, correlations of promiscuity on teen depression
  Effects, correlations of promiscuity on teen depression
Posted inTeen Depression

It has long been considered that promiscuity is a short-term solution to happiness at best. A recent study suggests that teens who engage in casual sex are at a greater risk of suffering from depression than their more abstinent peers. The study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, subjected a sample size of over […]

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