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Behavioral health disorders that often appear together
  Behavioral health disorders that often appear together

Mental health conditions do not occur in a vacuum. The same can also be said about substance abuse disorders (SUDs). The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration notes nearly 8 million Americans had co-occurring disorders in 2014. As far back as 2001, researchers established the relationship between mental health disorders and SUDs. The existence of […]

Teen drinking and alcohol advertising: Is there a link?
  Teen drinking and alcohol advertising: Is there a link?

Teenagers drink. In fact, underage drinkers tend to consume even more drinks per occasion than adult drinkers. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 5.4 million people (or 14.2 percent) between the ages 12 and 20 not only drink alcohol, but engage in binge drinking behavior. Binge drinking is […]

Imodium abuse can result in death
  Imodium abuse can result in death

Opioids bind to receptors in the brain. In effect, they trick the brain into thinking the body feels no pain. One of the side effects of this trickery is a feeling of euphoria; therein lies the problem. Individuals become addicted as they try to recapture these euphoric effects. But the brain’s pleasure center becomes desensitized […]

How do opioids impact our feelings of social connection?
  How do opioids impact our feelings of social connection?

If you fell off of your bike and broke your arm, specialized sensory receptors (known as nociceptors) found in the skin, muscle, joints, bone and organs would send a signal to your brain to tell you that you’ve been injured. In response to breaking a bone, your body also has a system in place (i.e., […]

When cell phone addiction causes family struggles
  When cell phone addiction causes family struggles

More than one-third of families argue daily about teen screen time. That’s according to Common Sense Media’s recent survey of more than 1,200 U.S. parents and adolescents on technology and family tensions. Like any other addiction, the single-minded attention toward using electronic devices is becoming all-consuming for increasingly more adolescents, affecting mental health development and […]

Largest study of transgender children now underway
  Largest study of transgender children now underway
Posted inAdvocacy, LGBT, Research

For children who identify as transgender, going through puberty as their birth sex can be a traumatic, disorienting experience. They may fear their own bodies, question their identity and hide away from the world around them. “My son got his period at age 12 and a half, and we both cried,” writes Mary Moss in […]

Online therapy shows promise for anxiety and depression
  Online therapy shows promise for anxiety and depression

Shopping, making reservations, gaming, keeping up with friends and family: Ask most people what they do online, the answer is likely to be one of those. But receive psychotherapy? Shouldn’t that be done in an office somewhere? Maybe not. A new study recently presented at the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine […]

The behavioral health effects of a cancer diagnosis
  The behavioral health effects of a cancer diagnosis

It’s something that’s dwelled in the back of everyone’s mind at some point: a freckle that changed color, a sudden change in health, something unusual felt under the skin after a shower. Cancer is a frightening disease, and not without reason: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports 454.8 new cancer cases occur each year per […]

Music videos expose teens to substance use
  Music videos expose teens to substance use

“Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.” – Allen Ginsberg If Ginsberg is right, America is in for far worse than the opioid epidemic. Marketing and advertising surveys and projections indicate more than 92 percent of U.S. millennials are internet video viewers, and more than 10 million youth nationwide admitted music videos are the main […]

Academic stress can harm adolescents
  Academic stress can harm adolescents

High school is difficult, and every year it seems to get harder. Seven-hour school days are often followed by several hours of homework, sports and extracurricular activities, all of which must be perfected to get into a good college and later find a good career. The pressure our society places on our teenagers is immense, […]

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