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The dangers of eating disorders and co-occurring mental illness
  The dangers of eating disorders and co-occurring mental illness

Teenagers are a psychologically vulnerable group due to a wide range of physical, mental and social changes. During this vulnerable age, teens often develop one or more mental illnesses that can seriously endanger their future physical and mental health. When a teen has an eating disorder as one of multiple comorbid conditions, the combination is […]

The genetics of alcohol addiction
  The genetics of alcohol addiction

The “addiction gene” is often misunderstood. Current research proves there is no single addiction gene. Rather, vulnerability to addiction is the result of many interrelated genes and biological differences. These factors can influence how an individual is affected, but do not present a direct cause in themselves. No one is born an addict. Despite genetic […]

Parental support for teens with mental illness
  Parental support for teens with mental illness
Posted inMental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says 1 in 5 children between the ages of 13 and 18 live with a severe mental illness. During this age range, the quality of the parent–child relationship is a major factor in determining the child’s future mental health. Although the influence of parents shrinks as children get older, […]

The benefits of escaping from technology
  The benefits of escaping from technology
Posted inMental Illness

It wasn’t very many years ago that people had to walk across the room to change a TV channel and contacting a friend meant a landline phone call or a handwritten letter. If we had been able to take a peek into the future, we no doubt would have been amazed by Apple watches, online […]

The right way to teach teens about substance abuse
  The right way to teach teens about substance abuse
Posted inSubstance Abuse

Substance abuse is still common among teens, but it may be more tied to age than previously thought. Approximately 1 in 4 Americans who began using drugs or alcohol before their 18th birthday developed an addiction in the future, according to a study from Columbia University. This trend may be the key to understanding and preventing […]

Differences in adult and juvenile sentencing for drug crimes
  Differences in adult and juvenile sentencing for drug crimes
Posted inMarijuana

Juvenile courts avoid meting out harsh punishments for juvenile drug offenders. The impetus behind these lenient sentences is reform and rehabilitation. Ostensibly, this is the same modus operandi for criminal courts. But despite Washington and Colorado legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana; despite California’s Proposition 48 that reduces many drug-related felonies to misdemeanors […]

How to talk to a friend who has a problem with alcohol or drugs
  How to talk to a friend who has a problem with alcohol or drugs

When friends have a problem with alcohol or drugs, it may be difficult to know how to help them. At first, it may be hard to tell if they have a problem because they may use alcohol or drugs alone and to hide it from everyone around them, including you. If you try confronting them, […]

Hot box in the hot seat: Teen marijuana use
  Hot box in the hot seat: Teen marijuana use
Posted inMarijuana

A teenager caught using marijuana may respond with, “What’s the big deal? It’s legal in some places now, it shouldn’t be an issue,” or, “A lot of other people at school are doing it.” A teen may even goad parents with, “Go on and tell me how it is bad for my health. Find me […]

The emotional impact of eating disorders on families
  The emotional impact of eating disorders on families

An eating disorder changes everything. Families and friends experience personal pain as they watch someone they love slowly destroying themselves and feel helpless in trying to save them. The very basic experience of having a family dinner and talking about how the day went transforms into silence and nervous tension. A study published in the […]

Are e-cigarettes really better for you than regular cigarettes?
  Are e-cigarettes really better for you than regular cigarettes?

It’s almost impossible not to notice the latest smoking trend: e-cigarettes. (Of course, using e-cigarettes isn’t technically smoking; it’s vaping — more on that later.) Specialty shops boast about their health benefits compared to normal cigarettes, advertising vapors in various flavors including banana, apple and even birthday cake. Many (or perhaps even most) people who […]

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