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Online therapy helps people with depression, anxiety
  Online therapy helps people with depression, anxiety

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, roughly 1 in 5 adults in the United States struggle with mental illness in any given year. That’s a startling 43.8 million people, or enough people to fill the entire state of California and then some. Of course, mental illness isn’t just an issue that affects adults. […]

Nicotine: The smoking gun for compulsive alcohol use?
  Nicotine: The smoking gun for compulsive alcohol use?

“Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.” – Fletcher Knebel, American author of political fiction It’s true there may be more stats, studies and research on nicotine effects than any other addiction thus far, but knowledge is power, right? What was once touted as a stress reliever, social accessory and fashion statement is […]

Natural therapies to treat depression
  Natural therapies to treat depression

Citalopram, amitriptyline, St. John’s wort, bupropion and sertraline are common antidepressant pharmacologic therapies prescribed by health care professionals. Each one of these agents has unwanted side effects and some of these therapies even lead to an increased suicide risk. Most antidepressive agents take an average of four to six weeks to work and many studies […]

Adolescent friendships are important for health
  Adolescent friendships are important for health

“… And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through…” ― David Bowie Bowie put it best. We know teens are convinced parents just don’t understand and live in a bubble of extremes; but what is not […]

4 cyberbullies who have faced prison time
  4 cyberbullies who have faced prison time

DoSomething.org notes nearly 43 percent of kids have been bullied online and 1 in 4 have been bullied more than once. Over 80 percent believe cyberbullying is so rampant because it is easier to get away with than face-to-face bullying. This is true, but not always. Below is a list of the more notable cases […]

Scientists discover neural circuit involved in cocaine use
  Scientists discover neural circuit involved in cocaine use

When people take cocaine, they feel energized, invigorated and perhaps a little jittery. Scientists at the Université de Bordeaux and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France examined the brain circuits associated with cocaine to determine what produces the hyperactivity and high energy associated with the drug. Senior author François Georges and his research […]

  Positive father-daughter relationships lead to better mental health

When we are children, we depend on parents — and parental figures — completely. Their worldview shapes our worldview. Their actions shape our actions. As we grow older, our relationship with our parents continues to influence our opinions, our mood and even our choice in romantic partners. According to research, these parental relationships — or […]

Teen who fought anorexia publishes cookbook
  Teen who fought anorexia publishes cookbook

Life in recovery and after treatment for people with anorexia nervosa can be extremely difficult. Gaining weight — one of the biggest fears they experience — is something they must accomplish in treatment to achieve recovery. While gaining weight is only part of the recovery process for patients with anorexia, the reluctance to maintain a […]

Rewards and risks of ADHD medication
  Rewards and risks of ADHD medication
Posted inAddiction

It’s not easy to spot the difference between normal fidgetiness in a child and Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). One is just normal kid behavior – forgetfulness, distractedness – and the other is a developmental disorder that is increasingly being diagnosed in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 percent of children […]

The impact of a first relationship on young people
  The impact of a first relationship on young people
Posted inAdolescents

Teens’ experiences in their romantic relationships play a significant role in their ongoing social and emotional development, mental health and future romantic relationships. The first romantic relationship is often a valuable opportunity for adolescents to begin to work toward achieving many important developmental tasks, including the development of emotional autonomy and independence, identity, self-concept and […]

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