Behavioral Addiction
Self-injury Awareness Month: Autistic children hospitalized with self-injurious behavior have low IQs, finds study
03-26   Self-injury Awareness Month: Autistic children hospitalized with self-injurious behavior have low IQs, finds study

  Self-injury Awareness Month: Autistic children hospitalized with self-injurious behavior have low IQs, finds study Children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an elevated risk of engaging in self-injurious behavior (SIB). However, limited knowledge exists regarding the risk factors associated with the prevalence of self-injury among children with ASD who need to be […]

Self-injury Awareness Month: Survey finds high prevalence of self-harm among teens and young adults, shares tips to help people cope
03-21   Self-injury Awareness Month: Survey finds high prevalence of self-harm among teens and young adults, shares tips to help people cope

A recent survey commissioned by three United Kingdom-based charities – SelfharmUK, YoungMinds and The Mix – investigated the prevalence of self-inflicted injury among 1,009 British teens and young adults aged 16 to 25. The results, released on March 1, 2018, suggested that 36 percent respondents had intentionally harmed themselves at some point in their lifetime. […]

Teen cell phone addiction is a ticking time bomb
02-19   Teen cell phone addiction is a ticking time bomb

With digital technology becoming a dominant feature of everyday life, particularly in developed countries, psychologists are concerned about its potential fallout among children and adolescents. A recent report published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) made the grim observation that digital technology was “increasingly changing childhood.”  A previous nationally representative survey of American teens […]

Social media companies ‘deliberately engineer addiction’, says billionaire investor George Soros
02-14   Social media companies ‘deliberately engineer addiction’, says billionaire investor George Soros

Hungarian-American billionaire investor, philanthropist and political activist George Soros has sounded a warning against “giant IT platform companies” and internet monopolies. Delivering his remarks at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland in January 2018, Soros singled out Google and Facebook, alleging that they had become “obstacles to innovation” and had caused a variety […]

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says social media ‘highly unhealthy’ for mental health
12-19   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 […]

Spotting self-harm and dealing with it
03-01   Spotting self-harm and dealing with it

Noticing odd cuts or burns on your teen’s arms or legs? It might be time to face a harsh reality: Your teen is probably struggling with self-harm. Self-harm is a real problem with real consequences. Around 2 million cases, mostly in youths, are reported annually in the United States. Understanding self-harm Self-injury, or self-harm, is […]

Brain anatomy and genetic predisposition are similar in serial killers and drug addicts
06-29   Brain anatomy and genetic predisposition are similar in serial killers and drug addicts

“I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don’t know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think […]

The controversy surrounding Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment for a teen girl
06-05   The controversy surrounding Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment for a teen girl

Whether it is for terminal illness, addiction, a mental disorder or even cancer, the decision to go through treatment isn’t always a black and white one, especially when the question of consent comes into play. One such issue related to consent is whether or not a teen should be allowed to make their own decisions […]

Stressing out: the trouble with teenage trichotillomania
04-10   Stressing out: the trouble with teenage trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a disorder that affects millions of teens. This may lead to a number of different symptoms, such as pulling at one’s hair or picking at one’s skin. Trichotillomania is a form of compulsive behavior which most often begins between the ages of nine and 13 and occurs more often in females than males. […]

Teen addiction: using social networks like a drug
04-08   Teen addiction: using social networks like a drug

Social networks have become a popular means of staying in touch, especially for young people. However, the question remains as to what qualifies as an unhealthy amount of time spent online. Some teens have developed a time-consuming fixation with social networking. This alarming trend has been documented in a number of studies in recent years. […]

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