Month: August 2017

Study finds link between depression, anxiety and bone metabolism in older teens

Major depressive disorder (MDD), one of the most common mental illnesses affecting people from all over the world, leads to the development of major disabilities. Past research shows that MDD induces bone loss and increases the risk of osteoporotic fractures in adults and elderly people across ethnicities. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other medication …

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Don’t Be a Bully Month: Bullying behavior is not a case of “boys will be boys”

Summer camp is an invaluable experience which instills values of community and belongingness in children. A camp’s natural setting gives youngsters the opportunity to work with each other, take responsibility and make choices, develop imaginative skills, become self-reliant and independent, and gain confidence. All these attributes are necessary to make them resilient and improve their …

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Ways in which traumatized teens can care for themselves during troubled times

The horrific violence between white nationalists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017, has left the United States and many parts of the world deeply distressed. In the days following the violence, media has been flooded with disturbing images and news of the clashes, including the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old civil …

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Study finds link between traumatic brain injury and alcohol abuse among youngsters

Any discussion regarding the link between alcohol and traumatic brain injury (TBI) almost always tends to focus on an individual’s increased risk of injury due to intoxication. Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) were curious to know the outcome in case the situation reversed, especially among youngsters. An older study from OSU had found that …

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Ketamine helpful in preventing teen depression and suicidal tendencies

For the last few decades, ketamine has found a wide range of clinical applications in anesthesia, pain and critical care. At the same time, over the years, it has also gained notoriety as a recreational drug commonly referred to as “special K” on the party circuit. According to the researchers, ketamine is a harmful and …

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Lady Gaga Foundation finds “Kindness matters” for Youth Mental Health

Kindness resonates significantly among young people, helping to shape their emotional well-being and overall development. Born This Way Foundation, established in 2012 by singer Lady Gaga, published a study titled “Kind Communities – A Bridge to Youth Mental Wellness” in July 2017. The online study, undertaken in association with the Benenson Strategy Group, focused on …

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National Happiness Happens Day: Helping teen boys stay happy by expressing themselves

Adolescence can be a turbulent time for many. There are several issues which are characteristic of this formative stage, including those related to self-identity, mood swings, relationships and adoption of unhealthy habits such as substance abuse. Boys and girls cope differently with such challenges. On top of it stereotypes forced onto them by society can …

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Teachers’ pivotal role in identifying ADHD in children

Symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are perhaps the most discernible among school-going children since it often results in classroom disruptions or bad performance. Given that teachers spend a considerable time of the day with children, they are often the best suited to identify ADHD in children before the symptoms become worse. Recognizing this potentially important …

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