Month: March 2015

cognitive behavioral therapy and adolescence

Assessing adolescent behavior with cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is one of the most commonly used treatments in mental health and it may be telling when it comes to determining and influencing adolescent behavior. Yet such behavior may not always be what it seems. The methodology of CBT can provide valuable insight into why teens think or behave the …

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macaulay culkin and substance abuse

Macaulay Culkin and substance abuse

Many prominent people have battled substance abuse or alcoholism in their lives, leading to inevitable health risks and other dangers. Some, such as River Phoenix, have succumbed to a fatal overdose, leading their stories to become a cautionary tale. Others eventually recover, though prolonged abuse will inevitably still lead to consequences. One former child star …

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Anti-anxiety and sleeping pills pose risk to teens

Anti-anxiety and sleeping pills pose risk to teens

While anti-anxiety and sleep medications have been traditionally considered to be non habit-forming, a new study has found medications that adolescents are 12 times more likely to abuse. The University of Michigan investigators found that the teens acquired the additional pills from friends or family members, reopening the debate on pre-prescription substance abuse assessments. Published …

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pollution and ADHD

The connection between pollution and ADHD

Columbia University’s study on ADHD and air pollution has suggested that exposure to polluted air during pregnancy increases the risk and odds of behavioral problems associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health discovered that prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, …

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CBT shows promise as adolescent treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach frequently used to treat anxiety and depressive disorders. While CBT has been traditionally used on adults, new research suggests that the therapy may be applicable for much more than reducing anxiety, not only being effective for children and adolescents, but offering considerable benefits in the years following …

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