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How mental health disorders can affect the immune system
  How mental health disorders can affect the immune system

The immune system is the battlefield in the human body. It fights diseases and infections, and works hard to keep our bodies healthy. White blood cells, formally known as leukocytes, are the main soldiers in the immune system. They release chemicals to kill pathogens, and take up old debris and transport it into the lymphatic […]

Teens are less aggressive around greenery
  Teens are less aggressive around greenery

The benefits of exposure to natural environmental settings are widely known. Natural settings promote health in so many other ways by promoting disease prevention, stress reduction, and improved mental health. Yet teens are spending less time outdoors than ever before. A recent survey revealed that 89 percent of teens felt disconnected from nature. In addition […]

7 qualities of a good treatment center for your teen
  7 qualities of a good treatment center for your teen

Substance addiction and mental disorders can affect anyone regardless of age, race or gender. Teens are at risk of substance abuse and mental illness due to the social stigma, peer pressure and bullying. Adolescents are also more susceptible because they are not yet fully developed, physically, mentally or emotionally. The frontal lobe in the teenaged […]

Experiencing, witnessing abuse can cause substance use problems in adulthood
  Experiencing, witnessing abuse can cause substance use problems in adulthood

A recent study has found that people who experience early childhood trauma are at an increased risk for later developing substance addictions, including both alcoholism and drug addiction. The results of this study were published in the scientific journal Substance Use & Misuse. The study The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, […]

The opioid epidemic in rural America
  The opioid epidemic in rural America

Growing up in a small town can often be a great experience for children and adolescents. They have more room to play outside due to more space, a closer knit community due to smaller populations, a simpler lifestyle due to the lower cost of living, and often very strong morals and family values secondary to […]

The long-term psychosocial effects in adolescent cancer survivors
  The long-term psychosocial effects in adolescent cancer survivors

Receiving a cancer diagnosis as a teen can be truly traumatizing in every aspect. Cancer takes a physical toll on the body, a mental toll on the mind and creates a whirlwind of stress around the patient and their loved ones. Therapy usually consists of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation and those alone […]

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