Self-help

Understanding genetics, mental health and that ‘It Didn’t Start With You’

He grew up never understanding that when mom disappeared for three months, it was because she was in rehab again. When he was old enough to understand, he started to notice other signs: the hidden “water” bottles, mom’s weird behavior that started in the afternoon, the intense fights between his parents that seemingly took place …

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U.K. teens are severely stressed, study finds

Very few people would say their teen years were stress-free. It’s a chaotic time of changing social structures, responsibilities and bodies. That stew of strong emotions, new surroundings and personal changes makes for a period in life most people are relieved to be done with. For some teens, stress can cause them to find outlets …

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Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight, …

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With a little help from my friends: How friends can help or hinder recovery

Friedrich Nietzsche warned people of the 19th century about the dangers of peer pressure, “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” For a teenager in recovery or treatment for substance abuse, the peer pressure from friends can …

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Philanthropic mindset: Nonprofits help with workplace image

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, appearances matter — especially when it comes to interviewing for a new job. For individuals who don’t have enough money to buy workplace appropriate clothing, this emphasis on formality can be a severe roadblock. After all, it’s hard to find the money to buy nice clothing without …

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