Month: September 2017

Lessons on resilience may help youth cope with everyday issues, improve mental health

As part of its “Rise Above for Schools” program for building critical life skills among youth, Public Health England (PHE) – an executive agency under the Department of Health in the United Kingdom – unveiled a series of new resources for teachers, earlier in September 2017. As part of the program, secondary school teachers will …

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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Parents can play a critical role in helping teens recover

The process of recovering from addiction is full of hardship and challenges not only for the individual concerned but also for his or her loved ones. Since adolescent years are characterized by rapid changes, especially those related to brain development, youngsters recovering from an addiction face a unique set of challenges. Admitting drug or alcohol-dependent …

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month: Developmental delays in understanding emotions prominent in FASD-affected children

The damaging effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy are well known. The U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have previously emphasized that no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy. Alcohol can harm a fetus at any stage during pregnancy, sometimes even before a woman realizes …

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American teens living by the “no sex, dating and alcohol” mantra

Going out for a “drink with the boys” is no longer cool for American teens, neither is driving around town accompanied by dates. Instead, they are giving themselves time to grow up and consciously delaying activities which are considered typically “adult.” These are some of the findings of a new study published in the journal …

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Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Day: Mothers who sexually abuse their sons

“She had this big bedroom and if we were ever sick or anything like that we’d stay in her bed. One day she just initiated it, she just started touching me and it just went from there. She preyed on the fact I was coming into puberty and made me feel important and special.” These …

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Duke researchers to lead $12.5 million program to study link between ADHD and autism

To enhance mechanisms for early detection and to better the treatment opportunities among children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development (Duke) will now lead a new five-year program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The center will …

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Reframing teens’ negative mindsets to positive ones help prevent suicide

Adolescence is a critical transitional period characterized by rapid physical and emotional changes. Teen years are typically associated with attributes such as stubbornness, irritability, rebellion and risk-taking behavior. It is a vulnerable age where academic stress, peer pressure and parental expectations can negatively impact youngsters’ psychological health. Young children often suffer from emotions such as …

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Gaps in diagnosis and treatment among ADHD-affected African-Americans and Latinos

A growing body of research is highlighting wide disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the youth of certain demographics, primarily African-Americans and Latinos. Whereas the understanding of ADHD is riddled with misconceptions in the general population, the problem appears to be more pronounced among ethnic minorities, resulting in lower diagnoses. …

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