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The behavioral health effects of a cancer diagnosis
06-20   The behavioral health effects of a cancer diagnosis

It’s something that’s dwelled in the back of everyone’s mind at some point: a freckle that changed color, a sudden change in health, something unusual felt under the skin after a shower. Cancer is a frightening disease, and not without reason: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports 454.8 new cancer cases occur each year per […]

Academic stress can harm adolescents
06-17   Academic stress can harm adolescents

High school is difficult, and every year it seems to get harder. Seven-hour school days are often followed by several hours of homework, sports and extracurricular activities, all of which must be perfected to get into a good college and later find a good career. The pressure our society places on our teenagers is immense, […]

Foods to snack on when you’re stressed
06-09   Foods to snack on when you’re stressed

When the going gets rough, many of us have the urge to chow down on our favorite snack. Food can be immensely comforting, especially in times of stress. But why? As it turns out, many of the nutrients contained within certain food groups can actually soothe the brain. Here is a list of food groups […]

Study suggests hostility in youth causes cognition problems in later life
05-30   Study suggests hostility in youth causes cognition problems in later life

The teenage years are a stressful time that can leave some young adults with a short fuse. Fortunately, most teens tend to mellow out as they age. Those who retain their hostile personality traits into their later years run the risk of behavioral health problems. According to a recently published study, young people who have […]

Mental fortitude presses onward despite the fog
05-27   Mental fortitude presses onward despite the fog

Florence Chadwick was born in San Diego, California, on Nov. 9, 1918, and she was an excellent swimmer. She was the first woman to swim across the Catalina Channel, Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. She was not the first woman to swim across the English Channel, but she was the first woman […]

Early life stress linked to impaired reward activity, study finds
05-25   Early life stress linked to impaired reward activity, study finds

Children learn how to cope with adverse and stressful situations as part of their healthy development. Similar to adults, children may worry about their performance at school, making friends, dealing with peer pressure, and meeting the additional demands and pressures from a number of sources, including parents, teachers, coaches and peers. In most instances, the […]

Nicotine: The smoking gun for compulsive alcohol use?
02-26   Nicotine: The smoking gun for compulsive alcohol use?

“Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.” – Fletcher Knebel, American author of political fiction It’s true there may be more stats, studies and research on nicotine effects than any other addiction thus far, but knowledge is power, right? What was once touted as a stress reliever, social accessory and fashion statement is […]

Adolescent friendships are important for health
02-26   Adolescent friendships are important for health

“… And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through…” ― David Bowie Bowie put it best. We know teens are convinced parents just don’t understand and live in a bubble of extremes; but what is not […]

Starting over at a new school after addiction
01-05   Starting over at a new school after addiction

According to the 2015 WebMD Stress in Children Consumer Survey, 60 percent of parents in the United States rated their children’s stress as moderate to low, while 72 percent of youth displayed negative behaviors linked to stress. For younger populations, one of the most stress-inducing circumstances is entering a new school. When a history of […]

Raising kids to cope: A guide for building resilience
12-11   Raising kids to cope: A guide for building resilience

For teenagers today, there is an exponentially higher need to succeed. As high school class sizes continue to increase, the competition to get accepted into a well-respected college and enter a stable career rises as well. This pervasive pressure weighs adolescents down and can significantly influence the developing brain. If left unaddressed, chronic stress can […]

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