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PTSD children can be treated with EMDR therapy, finds study
  PTSD children can be treated with EMDR therapy, finds study
Posted inPTSD

Experiencing shocking events can at times take a toll, resulting in some people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of the disorder can be debilitating, if not treated timely. While clinicians continue to treat PTSD patients using traditional therapy methods, recent observations suggest the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) technique […]

International Day of Friendship: When a simple “NO” is enough to fight peer pressure to take drugs
  International Day of Friendship: When a simple “NO” is enough to fight peer pressure to take drugs

An adolescent’s life is fraught with many challenges, including those that arise from succumbing to peer pressure. Being part of a peer group can have advantages like discussing issues with other like-minded people, however, there can be a downside to this as well. While the benefits of being in the company of someone who empathizes […]

Scientists suggest risk calculator for assessing bipolar disorder in children
  Scientists suggest risk calculator for assessing bipolar disorder in children

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness characterized by extreme shifts in mood and alterations in energy and activity levels that can affect one’s day-to-day life. The root causes of bipolar disorder are yet unknown, though results of prior studies have indicated that this mental health problem has a genetic component. Now, […]

Chronic depression among young teens linked to marijuana use at 18, says study
  Chronic depression among young teens linked to marijuana use at 18, says study
Posted inDepression

Depression is a common mental illness affecting adolescents across the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2015, about 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 years in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year. Amid the rising number of young people suffering from the mental condition, a […]

Impact of media: Are providers like Netflix leading a change on mental health?
  Impact of media: Are providers like Netflix leading a change on mental health?
Posted inMental Health

Various TV programs, as well as shows streamed by media providers like Netflix, are lending great insight into mental health issues these days. As opposed to in the past when fear of stigma prevented people from opening up about their mental health problems, nowadays, one gets to see increased number of conversations revolving around psychiatric […]

New York senator seeks FDA ban on snortable chocolate
  New York senator seeks FDA ban on snortable chocolate

Snortable chocolate, which is slowly becoming a trend has gained attention for all the wrong reasons lately. New York Senator Charles Schumer on July 9, 2017, called for a federal ban on Coco Loko, a snortable chocolate powder. He called the new product made of chocolate “cocaine on training wheels” and warned against its use, […]

Excessive napping can be a sign of depression
  Excessive napping can be a sign of depression

Napping is not the same as sleeping. While adequate sleep is necessary for good physical and mental health, experts find untimely napping abnormal. People who take a nap during the daytime usually complain of fatigue or lack of energy. Though feeling low on energy may not be unusual in most cases, continual fatigue followed by […]

Purposeful Parenting Month: Parents’ mistakes may push teens to abuse drugs
  Purposeful Parenting Month: Parents’ mistakes may push teens to abuse drugs

The problem of drug abuse among American teenagers is rampant despite new guidelines and directions put in place to curb the rising trend. Experts are stressing on the need to understand factors that propel teens to try out drugs. While considerations like curiosity, peer pressure or motivation to experiment may be responsible for such a […]

DEA unveils website to tackle menace of college drug abuse
  DEA unveils website to tackle menace of college drug abuse
Posted inDrug Abuse, Treatment

Rising cases of drug abuse among teenagers and college students have made the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to launch a new website aimed at addressing the crisis. The website – campusdrugprevention.gov – that was unveiled on July 12, 2017, is the federal agency’s latest attempt in providing assistance to drug abuse prevention programs organized […]

Persistent marijuana use by teenagers increases risk of psychotic behavior, finds study
  Persistent marijuana use by teenagers increases risk of psychotic behavior, finds study
Posted inMarijuana

Legalization of marijuana by some states has resulted in high demands for the addictive substance across the United States. Though occasional pot use has not been associated with any kind of major health problems, consumption of the drug on a weekly or daily basis by teenagers may increase their risk of suffering from repetitive experiences […]

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