Teens

Utah health department launches opioid risks awareness campaign

During the teenage years, an individual usually experiences an irrepressible urge to be like a grown up, be independent and develop his/her own separate identity. While experiencing such feelings are normal signs of development, these could prove to be risky as well, since, often, teens become rebellious and experimental and end up abusing drugs or …

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How ‘gamification’ can build motivation

Professor Lee Sheldon of Indiana University turned his classroom into a videogame. Students selected their own virtual avatars, joined guilds and completed quests. Instead of receiving letter grades, students earned XP, a common videogame acronym that stands for experience points. The experiment was a resounding success. Sheldon wrote in his book, “The Multiplayer Classroom”: “As …

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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s …

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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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