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Wahpeton teen with depression competing in pageant to promote ‘Hope for All’
01-16   Wahpeton teen with depression competing in pageant to promote ‘Hope for All’

Although beauty pageants have their fair share of critics and advocates, many young contestants consider them to be life-changing experiences which help them feel empowered. Teen girls consider  taking part in a beauty pageant as a rite of passage. And there are teens like the 17-year-old Tracy McQuiston from Wahpeton, North Dakota, who want to […]

Colleges going the extra mile to help students overcome anxiety, depression
01-10   Colleges going the extra mile to help students overcome anxiety, depression
Posted in Anxiety

Over the last decade, anxiety has become the most prominent mental health concern among American college students. Every year, colleges are registering an increasing number of student requests to visit on-campus counseling centers. In institutions like the Ohio State University (OSU), general appointments for counseling increased from 20,000 in the 2011-12 academic year to 36,000 […]

Diageo suspends global alcohol ads on Snapchat
01-05   Diageo suspends global alcohol ads on Snapchat
Posted in Alcohol

United Kingdom-based multinational alcoholic beverages giant Diageo has suspended all global advertising on image messaging platform Snapchat after a sponsored lens was criticized for appealing to under-18 users. The decision was taken by Diageo after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), UK’s advertising regulator, ruled in early January 2018 that a Snapchat ad for the company’s […]

Girls reaching early puberty susceptible to behavioral problems in adulthood, says study
12-29   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
12-22   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
12-21   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
12-20   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
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 […]

Most teens bounce back quickly from negative online exposure, suggests study
12-14   Most teens bounce back quickly from negative online exposure, suggests study
Posted in Mental 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
12-11   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 […]