Category Archives: Teens

Texting While Driving and Addiction in Teens

Is Texting While Driving a Warning Sign or Risk Factor for Addiction? There’s an interesting phenomenon in the field of mental health research that’s developed over the past fifteen years. We should clarify that. The phenomenon developed in a subfield of mental health research: addiction research. The subject of the phenomenon we’re talking about goes […]

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Do Psychiatric Medications Prescribed During Adolescence Increase Risk of Substance Abuse Later in Life?

Psychopharmacological Treatment and Substance Use: New Evidence from Long Range Studies Parents of teenagers diagnosed with mental health disorders know that the contemporary, 21st century approach to mental health treatment for adolescents – with some variation, of course – has three primary components: Talk therapy, a.k.a. psychotherapy. Depending on the disorder, this includes: Cognitive behavioral […]

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Fatal Adolescent Drug Overdose: New Report Shows Alarming Trend

Fentanyl-Involved Deaths Drive Increase If you read or follow national news at all, you know that for the past decade, the nation has been in the grip of what’s called the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis – or the opioid epidemic, as it is also called – actually began over twenty years ago, around 1999, […]

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Teens and Fentanyl: What Parents Need to Know

If you follow news on the opioid crisis in the United States, then it’s likely you’ve heard about fentanyl. Fentanyl is the drug responsible for driving overdose death rates to an all-time record high. In 2021, over 100,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdose, with deaths involving fentanyl and other powerful synthetic opioids […]

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Is Your Teen Developing a Gambling Problem?

Problem Gambling Among Adolescents When parents think of the behavioral, mental health, or emotional disorders their children might experience or develop during adolescence, a gambling addiction or disorder typically isn’t at the top of their what should I worry about? checklist. During this pandemic era, most parents have their attention on the mental health issues […]

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Planning for Summer for a Teen With Depression

Structure Without Pressure: Active, Busy, But Easy-Going It’s hard to believe summer 2022 is almost here. Every year it sneaks up on us. But every year we know it’s coming. Teachers wrap up their curriculum objectives, get in their final instructional time, and update all the grades and assignments on the virtual platforms for parents […]

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Tips for Teens in Treatment: Mindful Meditation

Yes, Teenagers Can Meditate – With This Simple Exercise Many people think meditation is something they can’t do. Their mind wanders. They think sitting on the floor is uncomfortable. They get bored. This is especially true for teens, many of whom have a hard time sitting still, much less quieting their mind and focusing on […]

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Tips for Teens In Treatment: Do This and Feel Better in Five Minutes

How to Wake up A Tired or Stressed Body If you’re in treatment for a mental health issue or and addiction disorder, we’re sure you’ve heard about how important it is to stay active and keep your body moving. Experts recommend all kinds of exercise that can help. From running to cycling to yoga to […]

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