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Sexual Risk Behavior of Drug-Addicted Adolescents

The recent opioid crisis and substance abuse epidemic has been an increasing matter of concern in the US over the past few years. The dangers of drug addiction and substance abuse are not only restricted to probable fatal overdoses but also the potential influence on a person’s character and personality. Evidence has revealed that substance [...]

How Does Mental Illness Affect Teenagers?

The teenage years should be the best time in a child’s life. Sleeping late and hanging out with friends is what this time is all about. However, mental illness is becoming more prevalent amongst the younger age group, and it’s affecting their quality of life. The increased pressure to fit in and get good grades, [...]

Teen Treatment Center – The Benefits For Your Family

Teen Treatment Centers Benefit The Entire Family Unit Children certainly don’t come with a manual. By the time a child reaches their teenage years, they have probably already experienced a number of things that children of the past hadn't.  The generation of today faces challenges that most parents didn’t have when they were in school. [...]

Supporting Your Teen’s Mental Health as a Parent

Ways to Nurture Your Teen's Mental Health Mental health is something that can be very difficult to deal with when your teen is growing up. Many parents may feel like the mental issues that their teens are going through are simply just teenage outbursts. It can be difficult to delineate between outbursts and mental health [...]

Is Your Teen Struggling with Mental Health Disorder? 7 Danger Signs to Look For

Quite often, mental health disorder in teens may be dismissed as the typical stages, phases, and attitudes that such individuals experience as they progress through adolescence.  According to 2017 data supplied by Mental Health America, more than 11 percent of American youths ages 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode. Like other [...]

The Real Face of Bullies and How to Deal With Them

Facing Bullies: Deal with the Problem by Confronting Tolerating bullies on a regular basis can take a serious toll on someone's mental health. Teens are often especially sensitive to being mistreated. Name-calling, manipulation or even physical abuse are just some of the ways your child may be suffering. Bullies are cruel, dominating and persistent. They [...]

Teen Stress: The Triggers and How to Keep It in Check

The teen years are fraught with emotional highs and lows that can be overwhelming for both teens and their parents. According to the American Psychology Association (APA), 40% of individuals surveyed in a recent study reported feeling angry or irritable due to teen stress, while over 30% felt anxious, sad, or depressed. It can be [...]

A Teen’s Brain: Warning Signs Every Parent Must Know

Figuring Out What's Going On in a Teen's Brain Teenagers are sometimes challenging to bring up. If you are a parent of a teenage daughter or son, you might have experienced frequent mood changes, estrangement from you, and changing hobbies and other interests. Many parents have a hard time deciding which of their teen’s behaviors [...]

2018-11-14T02:05:39+00:00Teen Addiction|

Bullying at School – The Warning Signs to Watch For

Bullying can have a devastating effect on its victims. It is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. It is damaging emotionally to the victim and also to the bully. It leaves emotional scars on both. And a witness can be affected also. Victims suffer emotional damage which may last for many years. The range of reactions can [...]

Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Teens: Is Your Child Suffering From It?

When you look in the mirror, you may see a pimple on your chin, a mole on your nose, or notice that your face isn't exactly symmetrical. While these slight flaws may bother you a little, you probably don't spend hours each day thinking about them. However, if your teenage son or daughter has body [...]

The Three Stages of Adolescence

Decision Making and the Three Stages of Adolescence The years from puberty until adulthood are known as adolescence. They are divided into three smaller stages: early adolescence, middle adolescence, and late adolescence. The human body goes through a large amount of physical development during these years, as well as important elements of social, intellectual, and [...]

Eating Disorders: The Battle in Teens and How to Prevent It

An eating disorder can take a devastating toll on a teenager, especially for girls. Quite often, during the struggle that the teen is engaged in, a family becomes embroiled in conflict, struggle, and pain as they acknowledge the problem and seek solutions for their suffering family member. In order to protect your child from the [...]

Barbiturate Abuse and its Impact on Teenagers

The thought of your teen abusing barbiturates can be traumatizing. Sadly, the rate at which teens are abusing drugs, barbiturates included is increasing each day. With increasing technology and exposure, teenagers can access drugs easily via the internet. But, what are barbiturates? Barbiturates are depressants that produce a relaxing effect on the body when used. [...]

2018-11-14T02:41:13+00:00Teen Addiction|

Teenage Vaping – Should We Do More to Stop It

Teen Vaping: How Common Is It and Should We Be Concerned? For the past few years, teenage cigarette usage was at an all-time low. Thanks to plenty of informative public health warnings, most teens knew that the risks of using cigarettes far outweighed the benefits. Though cigarette usage might be down, more and more teens [...]

2018-11-14T02:50:16+00:00Teen Addiction|

How to Handle a Teen with Paranoid Personality Disorder

Teeens and Paranoid Personality Disorder Adolescence can be a stressful time for unprepared parents and their children. At that age, teenagers develop varied interests and acquire diverse personalities. Unfortunately, part of the acquired behavior involves challenging the authority of the parent and an unfettered desire to have more independence. Additionally, parents often find it difficult [...]

Spice – A Popular Drug Within Teen Groups

Teens and Spice Spice, also called K2, is a new drug that teenagers are finding because it is very easy for them to get. What is spice? Spice has been called a number of things from Black Mamba to Moon Rocks. It is considered to be fake weed and it is incredibly dangerous for your [...]

When Teens are in the Middle of an Abusive Relationship

When Teens Are in the Middle of an Abusive Relationship The teenage years bring on an intense array of emotions, and among these are feelings for a boyfriend of girlfriend. As your teen forms romantic relationships, you may watch him or her grow through many strong feelings, from love to hate. It can be difficult [...]

Teen Anger – My Teen is Out of Control

Teen Anger - My Teen is Out of Control Teenagers are notorious for experiencing changing moods. One day, adolescents can be upbeat and happy, the next he or she could display argumentativeness, sarcasm and become almost impossible to reason with or be around. That being said, it is not surprising that teens often display the [...]

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