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In a drug-ravaged town plagued by unexplained youth suicides, football is a savior

In a drug-ravaged town plagued by unexplained youth suicides, football is a savior

To most people, it may seem inconceivable that a picturesque and intimate town, steeped in history and famous for its cultural festivals, is battling a series of devastating circumstances. Madison, a small town of approximately 12,000 people in Indiana, is considered a national treasure for its elite collection of monuments. It is also a town …

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Adolescents with OCD face severe disabilities in learning and memory, suggests study

Adolescents with OCD face severe disabilities in learning and memory, suggests study

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic and debilitating condition which can strike anyone irrespective of age, gender or socioeconomic background. Although there is sufficient research on OCD in adults, there is limited knowledge about its impact on adolescents and teens. Youngsters can experience severe anxiety and emotional turmoil due to intrusive thoughts, urges or …

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Unity Day: Instagram launches tools to prevent cyberbullying and promote kindness

Social media platforms are a great way of connecting with one another and increasing social engagement. They have helped the world transform into a “global village.” However, there are some disadvantages associated with these platforms, with few of them turning out as a common means of bullying. A recent national survey of American teens aged …

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Emotional Wellness Month: Helping boys manage their emotions constructively

The growing up years of children are marked by various physical and emotional changes. However, these changes manifest themselves differently in case of boys and girls. Males, especially adolescent boys, have a higher likelihood of exhibiting intense feelings of aggression and resentment. Quite often, emotions like anger may actually indicate the underlying feelings, such as …

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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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Dealing with PANDAS: Strep infection in kids may up risk of mental illness

Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS), as per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is a disorder that develops after a child has a streptococcal infection. The condition triggers a misdirected immune response leading to inflammation in the brain, which in turn leads to the exhibition of certain life-changing effects, such …

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PTSD Awareness Month: Exposure to natural disasters could result in alcohol abuse and PTSD in adolescents, finds study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops when an adolescent is exposed to some or the other traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, physical assault, violence, accident, etc. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, adolescents with PTSD are more likely to reenact a traumatic experience they have faced by …

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Curbing stress symptoms may reduce risk of chronic PTSD, suggests study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops after an individual is exposed to a traumatic or life-threatening event and often includes symptoms such as panic attacks and flashbacks. While the condition is commonly known to affect soldiers and war veterans, it can also affect civilians, including teenagers and adolescents. An effective treatment …

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