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Study establishes link between adolescent drinking and decreased grey matter volume
07-09   Study establishes link between adolescent drinking and decreased grey matter volume

Adolescent drinking is linked to changes in the metabolite profile, which is related to decreased brain grey matter volume, particularly in young females who consume alcohol in excess, says a recent study by the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. The findings throw light on the biological implications of drinking in young people, […]

Mental illnesses during adulthood may be an extension of adolescent personality disorders, says study
07-06   Mental illnesses during adulthood may be an extension of adolescent personality disorders, says study

The root cause of mental health problems may be myriad – genetic, environmental, physical or social. Findings of a study, titled “Association of Late Adolescent Personality With Risk for Subsequent Serious Mental Illness Among Men in a Swedish Nationwide Cohort Study,” suggested how lower social maturity levels, reduced mental energy and emotional stability during later […]

Hair pulling tendencies in adolescents may be sign of trichotillomania
06-16   Hair pulling tendencies in adolescents may be sign of trichotillomania

Adolescence is marked by constant pangs of anxiety and fear of the unknown especially the uncertain future that lies ahead. Nervousness and insecurity are common this phase described as the transition between childhood and adulthood. Factors like hormonal changes, peer pressure, social acceptance and changing roles in the family can make some adolescents more susceptible […]

PTSD Awareness Month: Timely support and treatment can help adolescents with PTSD
06-02   PTSD Awareness Month: Timely support and treatment can help adolescents with PTSD

The scars etched on one’s soul may not be visible but the immense pain and unbearable suffering that they give rise to can become a big hindrance to happiness in one’s life. Resilience is the one quality that can help a person recover from difficulties or distressing incidents but there are times when people find […]

Marijuana use among American college students reaches 30-year high
05-26   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 […]

Self-Discovery Month: Engagement with LGBT-focused organizations helps teens cope with stress
05-25   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 […]

Autism linked to substance abuse
02-22   Autism linked to substance abuse

“When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.” – Ethiopian Proverb “We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences,” according to Autism Speaks. When the network of autism disorders is overlapped by the multifaceted entanglements that trap many individuals in […]

E-cig ads lead to rise in smoking among teens, CDC says
06-14   E-cig ads lead to rise in smoking among teens, CDC says

Advertising via television commercials has been a major way to reach consumers for decades. Cable television will advertise anything from household items to medical legal attorneys, alcohol and e-cigarettes. Many individuals, whether teenagers or adults, purchase products based upon what they see on television commercials. Recently, a lot of controversy has stirred over tobacco products […]

Exercising the brain and body to treat schizophrenia
05-09   Exercising the brain and body to treat schizophrenia

“Our hope is to prevent the chronic disability that is so common in schizophrenia from ever occurring, and to return individuals with schizophrenia to regular employment, regular schooling and normal friendship patterns, and to have them resume as much of a full life as possible.” That’s the message from Keith Nuechterlein, Ph.D., who’s a professor […]

People less likely to abuse substances after age 25, report shows
03-29   People less likely to abuse substances after age 25, report shows

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, the earlier you start using drugs or alcohol, the more likely you are to develop an addiction. Thankfully, research shows that if you wait until you’re 25 before initiating substance use, you’re home free — mostly. The TEDS report The Treatment Episode Data […]

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