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Chronic depression among young teens linked to marijuana use at 18, says study
07-21   Chronic depression among young teens linked to marijuana use at 18, says study
Posted in Depression

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?
07-21   Impact of media: Are providers like Netflix leading a change on mental health?
Posted in Mental 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
07-20   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
07-20   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
07-17   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
07-14   DEA unveils website to tackle menace of college drug abuse

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
07-12   Persistent marijuana use by teenagers increases risk of psychotic behavior, finds study
Posted in Marijuana

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 […]

Perceptions about body image associated with compulsive substance abuse, says study
07-11   Perceptions about body image associated with compulsive substance abuse, says study

Adolescence is not just a growing-up phase, it is that period which involves physical changes and exploration of myriad aspects, including body image. Due to hormonal changes, adolescents frequently complain about weight issues or their perception regarding their various body parts. An analysis of their self-image might affect their self-esteem and attitude. Self-esteem is important […]

Eating drug-laced gummies leaves 11 Indiana teenagers hospitalized
07-10   Eating drug-laced gummies leaves 11 Indiana teenagers hospitalized
Posted in Drug Abuse

Something as innocuous as gummy bears are now being used by unscrupulous people to entice American teenagers and entrap them into the world of drugs and crime. 11 teens in La Porte County, Indiana, recently fell sick after consuming drug-laced candies. Six young boys and five girls were rushed to the hospital after they reported […]

Know why drug tests are important for teenagers
07-10   Know why drug tests are important for teenagers

Teenagers getting addicted to drugs is becoming increasingly common now. Easy access to illicit substances, coupled with the availability of ample information on the internet has fueled instances of substance misuse. Despite parents keeping a strict eye on the whereabouts of their wards and being more attentive to their upbringing, some teenagers may still experiment […]