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Discussing positive facts about teens helps manage underage drinking
  Discussing positive facts about teens helps manage underage drinking

Young people abusing alcohol is a serious issue in the United States and researchers are carrying out studies to understand the factors that prompt them to indulge in such risky drinking habits. Curiosity, stress, peer pressure and genetics are some potential factors for adolescent alcohol abuse. Negative perceptions may frustrate teenagers temporarily and may play […]

Marijuana use among American college students reaches 30-year high
  Marijuana use among American college students reaches 30-year high

Marijuana is fast becoming the common drug of choice in the United States, partly because of the impression that the drug has medicinal effects. Most people in the country are unaware of its potential psychotropic impact or its possible pulmonary and cardiovascular effects. One of the major reasons for widespread recreational use of the drug […]

Identifying teens’ uncommon hiding places for drugs
  Identifying teens’ uncommon hiding places for drugs

Drug misuse and abuse are a growing health concern among teenagers, with most of them showing an increasing inclination to abuse drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin. The teens do not realize that the abuse of various substances can gradually lead to dependency and addiction. To satiate their cravings for drugs, teens find several means […]

Self-Discovery Month: Engagement with LGBT-focused organizations helps teens cope with stress
  Self-Discovery Month: Engagement with LGBT-focused organizations helps teens cope with stress

Not all believe in the concept of equality and this is evident from the degree of discrimination faced by people of different sexual orientation at various points of life. Coping with the issue of gender identity may not be an easy task, especially for adolescents who have to cope with minor stresses resulting from issues […]

Pregnant teens more likely to use marijuana than non-pregnant peers
  Pregnant teens more likely to use marijuana than non-pregnant peers

Looking at the medicinal properties of marijuana, the drug has been highly explored by those looking for alternative sources to treat chronic pain sans opioid use or seeking relief from the pangs and anguish characteristic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the psychotic and addictive effects of the marijuana are a cause for concern, especially […]

Cognitive empathy may help bridge gap between anxious kids and their parents
  Cognitive empathy may help bridge gap between anxious kids and their parents

Adolescence is marked by occasional outbursts of emotional angst coupled with stress. Clinicians attribute such sudden behavioral changes to rapid brain development in teenagers and adolescents. However, building up of the pressure due to social and academic challenges can also cause erratic behavior among them. The most demanding experiences may include relationship management, enduring the […]

Mental Health Awareness Month: Identifying key indicators of teen depression can help in timely treatment
  Mental Health Awareness Month: Identifying key indicators of teen depression can help in timely treatment

Mental disorders can strike anyone during any stage of life, including teenagers. Teen depression is a reality, though most people may mask it as unwarranted anger and moody behavior. To educate people about the reasons that may raise the risk of mental illnesses among teens and the necessity to seek timely treatment, every year “Mental […]

Self-Discovery Month: Self-awareness helps teens fight addiction and mental problems
  Self-Discovery Month: Self-awareness helps teens fight addiction and mental problems

The journey of self-discovery is vital in every teenager’s life and marks the gradual transition from adolescence to adulthood. This phase can help others understand what goes on in a teenager’s mind. The fact that most teens are advised to ignore their feelings may only result in an increasing sense of frustration coupled with anxiousness […]

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