Adolescent Teens

Marijuana surpasses cigarettes in popularity with teens

The daily or near-daily use of marijuana now exceeds the daily cigarette smoking among high school seniors, according to the most recent Monitoring the Future (MFT) survey. The results also indicate that, while teens’ use of cigarettes dropped to an all-time low, the use of marijuana and e-cigarettes have increased among young people. Researchers have …

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Antidepressants double suicidal behavior in children and adolescents

Last month, a group of researchers published a startling find in the British Medical Journal: Children and adolescents who take antidepressants are twice as likely to exhibit suicidal behavior. The researchers warn that clinicians should be extra cautious when prescribing antidepressants to their younger patients. The study Lead author, Tarang Sharma, and her fellow researchers …

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The importance of adolescent-focused therapy for teen self-harm

Self harm — also known as non-suicidal self-injury — is surprisingly common. Researchers estimate that the lifetime prevalence of self-harm is anywhere between 13 to 23 percent. This means that out of the 318.8 million people in the United States, between 41.4 and 73.3 million people have struggled with self-harm at some point in their …

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Smartphone addiction among teens linked to controlling parents

Adolescent smartphone addiction is a growing problem worldwide. Many teens in Asian countries have smartphones and Internet addiction is common. Smartphones offer the ability to call, send text messages, and use the Internet while on the go, and have changed the way people communicate worldwide. Smartphones have advantages and disadvantages, some of which are unique …

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How dangerous drugs are marketed to children

The sentiments of drug dealers worldwide were summarized in the 1973 R.J. Reynolds tobacco company document entitled “Some Thoughts About New Brands of Cigarettes for the Youth Market,” which states: “Realistically, if our Company is to survive and prosper, over the long term, we must get our share of the youth market.” The goal of …

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Students with influence over peers can reduce bullying, study shows

The power of peer influence and social context (e.g., home, school, etc.) are important determinants of youth behaviors that are emphasized in a positive peer culture. Peers with social influence can reduce bullying and conflict behaviors among peers, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The …

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ADHD: Is preschool too early to diagnose?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, yet controversial mental illness. Prevalence rates and medication rates have been steadily increasing since the 1990s, and now children as young as 4 years of age are being diagnosed and treated for ADHD. What is ADHD? The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, …

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Grassroots programs, communities come together to fight for mental health

“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” This African proverb exemplifies the importance of a community to prevent violence and mental illness. Poverty, mental illness, domestic violence and gang crimes all have one thing in common: They are overlooked and their solutions are underfunded, resulting in worsening problems for America’s youth. Many parents …

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