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Girls reaching early puberty susceptible to behavioral problems in adulthood, says study
  Girls reaching early puberty susceptible to behavioral problems in adulthood, says study

Girls reaching puberty at an early ageare more susceptible to depression and behavioral anomalies in their 20s compared to their peers experiencing menstruation at a normal age, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics in December 2017. The researchers analyzed around 7,800 females who had their menarche (first menstrual cycle) when they […]

Increase in vaping, pot and K2 use among high school seniors; sharp decline in opioid misuse, says MTF survey
  Increase in vaping, pot and K2 use among high school seniors; sharp decline in opioid misuse, says MTF survey

Every new survey on substance use among American teens highlights new concerns, validates certain expectations and also provides optimism. Findings of the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released on Dec. 14, 2017, followed a similar pattern when it revealed that among teens, marijuana is the most popular drug of abuse followed by K2 or […]

Helping young adults abstain from drugs during holiday season
  Helping young adults abstain from drugs during holiday season

For millions of American families, the holiday season provides the much-needed reprieve and chance to get together with loved ones. Many parents and guardians eagerly anticipate this time since their children come home during the break. In the midst of all the celebrations, it may be important to keep an eye on youngsters to ensure […]

Depression in black teens demands more effective treatment strategies, says study
  Depression in black teens demands more effective treatment strategies, says study

Depression is increasing at a striking rate among adolescents in the United States. While depression can strike people of all age groups, income levels and education, adolescents are particularly vulnerable due to factors, such as family economics, cyberbullying and problematic social media use. A recent study, led by a Rutgers University-Camden researcher, suggested that black […]

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says social media ‘highly unhealthy’ for mental health
  Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says social media ‘highly unhealthy’ for mental health

In August 2016, actress Daisy Ridley deleted her Instagram account after reportedly facing significant backlash on an anti-gun violence post. The British actress, who became a global star after essaying the role of Rey in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, recently revealed the real reason behind cutting herself off from social media platforms. “The more […]

Most teens bounce back quickly from negative online exposure, suggests study
  Most teens bounce back quickly from negative online exposure, suggests study
Posted inMental Health

Adolescents and teens are increasingly spending more time online, especially on social media platforms. This makes them vulnerable to online risks like cyberbullying, sexual solicitation and exposure to explicit content which can adversely impact their emotional and psychological health. A recent research has suggested that such negative effects last only temporarily, and teens are able […]

Online sale of ‘Am I Skinny Yet?’ vest causes outrage for promoting eating disorders
  Online sale of ‘Am I Skinny Yet?’ vest causes outrage for promoting eating disorders

After facing severe backlash from customers, eating disorder recovery support groups and former patients of anorexia, online women’s apparel retailer PrettyLittleThing (PLT) withdrew online sales of gym vest printed with the slogan “Am I Skinny Yet?” The outrage was directed not only at the slogan – considered insensitive for promoting eating disorders – but also […]

Mix of alcohol and drugs blamed in SUNY freshman fraternity pledge death
  Mix of alcohol and drugs blamed in SUNY freshman fraternity pledge death
Posted inAlcohol

A combination of alcohol and drugs is being blamed for the death of 18-year-old Daniel William Michaels, a State University of New York (SUNY), Oneonta freshman fraternity pledge. Michaels, who died on Dec. 2, 2017 was pledging the Alpha Pi fraternity which is not officially recognized by SUNY and operates independently. He was found in […]

Teen marijuana use linked to bipolar symptoms in early adulthood, finds study
  Teen marijuana use linked to bipolar symptoms in early adulthood, finds study
Posted inDual-Diagnosis

Ongoing research over the past few years has established a link between teen marijuana use and an increased risk of psychiatric disorders. However, there is insufficient research exploring the association between adolescent marijuana use and symptoms of bipolar disorder. Researchers from the Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, undertook the first-of-its-kind […]

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