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The link between sleep patterns and bipolar disorder
  The link between sleep patterns and bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder experience unusual, drastic shifts in their normal emotional states (i.e., mood episodes) marked by changes in energy, mood and activity levels. Mood episodes experienced by people with bipolar disorder can lead to changes in their behaviors and sleeping habits, which can interfere with their relationships and ability to function normally. Research […]

Who only children can talk to when there is trouble at home
  Who only children can talk to when there is trouble at home
Posted inAdolescents

When you have siblings, it’s easy to share inside jokes that are only funny to a child, take out your anger at a moment’s notice on them (or their belongings) and vent to an empathetic ear about the woes of being under mom and/or dad’s roof. When you are an only child, it becomes self-preservation […]

NIDA welcomes minorities to its summer research internship
  NIDA welcomes minorities to its summer research internship
Posted inSubstance Abuse

In little more than 30 years, half the U.S. population is projected to be minorities according to the 2010 Census Demographic Profiles. Samantha Kaplan, M.D., explains four reasons why diversity within the scientific and medical field is needed: To serve underrepresented minorities To build rapport based on affinity To offer cultural empathy To enhance the […]

Suicide prevention in children
  Suicide prevention in children
Posted inMental Health

Dealing with suicide is heart-breaking enough when it involves adults, but child suicide is the kind of awful that forces most people to try to think about anything else. Unfortunately, children do commit suicide. The National Institute for Mental Health, reports 1 in 100,000 children aged between 10 and 15 dies by suicide each year; […]

Student develops promising mobile app to help veterans with PTSD night terrors
  Student develops promising mobile app to help veterans with PTSD night terrors

The use of mobile applications has become an increasingly popular tool in the therapeutic community, as many clinicians have turned to them for making therapy more accessible and efficient for people with mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For example, mobile applications are available on the U.S. Department of Veterans […]

Fighting depression and enjoying freedom on your own
  Fighting depression and enjoying freedom on your own

Independence! Finally! Living on your own is exciting – it’s the first time you really feel like you have your destiny in your hands. You get to decide when you wake up what you’re going to wear, what you’re going to spend the day doing and when and how you’re going to do all of […]

Beat the Parents – 5 things your teen knows that you don't
  Beat the Parents – 5 things your teen knows that you don’t

Beat the Parents is a board game challenging one’s knowledge of the opposite generation through funny trivia. Parents are asked various questions the average kid could answer and adults may have forgotten. Kids are quizzed on facts they probably haven’t thought about yet. It’s entertaining because it’s a true: there are plenty of modern truths […]

Preventing young teen opioid abuse
  Preventing young teen opioid abuse

True story: A recovering addict tells of her childhood. She suffered migraines. At 13, she was prescribed OxyContin; by 15, she was crushing and snorting morphine in her bedroom, right under her parents’ noses. This testimonial is shockingly common. According to a study by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers, midadolescence is the peak age for […]

High school students create mental health seminar for teens
  High school students create mental health seminar for teens

Breeyana Wells and Alexis Waugh, two juniors from Port Clinton High School, Ohio, organized an eighth-grade seminar on mental illness to help spread awareness and an empathetic understanding on the matter. The seminar was conducted as part of a Distributive Educational Clubs of America (DECA) event. Both Wells and Waugh experienced close interactions with mental […]

The most untreated behavioral health disorders in adolescents
  The most untreated behavioral health disorders in adolescents

Only one-third of U.S. adolescents with behavioral health disorders receive treatment, as detailed in the latest iteration of the National Comorbidity Survey–Adolescent Supplement. Youths diagnosed with anxiety disorders, substance use disorders and eating disorders were the most untreated populations, with as few as 13 percent getting the services they require. There are various ways to […]

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