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How you can help your child with drug abuse. As a parent, it is very difficult to admit that your child may be on drugs.

How you can help your child with drug abuse

But, the reality is that sometimes parents are presented with difficult situations and must keep their cool in dealing with the situation. Research shows that parents have a good deal of influence on their child and if they are positive, the child is more likely to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Conversely, parents who do not spend a lot of time with their child, and impact them negatively help create an environment where their kids may resort to using drugs to numb any pain they are feeling.

If your instinct is telling you that your child is on drugs, don’t waste any more time and start dealing with the issue as soon as possible. Here is a list of tips which you can follow to help save your child from drug abuse. Communicate more and more with your child Drug abuse in teens takes a lot of patience to handle and the road forward is not easy, so prepare yourself. Best practices of family engagement in youth mental health.

The long-term psychosocial effects in adolescent cancer survivors. 12-16 The long-term psychosocial effects in adolescent cancer survivors Posted in Adolescent/Teens, Psychiatry, Recovery - 0 Comments Receiving a cancer diagnosis as a teen can be truly traumatizing in every aspect.

The long-term psychosocial effects in adolescent cancer survivors

Cancer takes a physical toll on the body, a mental toll on the mind and creates a whirlwind of stress around the patient and their loved ones. Therapy usually consists of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation and those alone can be extremely taxing on the body. The side effects from treatment medication commonly cause fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss and can have a dramatic effect on the immune system.

Are girls more vulnerable to teen mental disorders? The teen years can be particularly troubling for young girls who struggle with serious issues at home and school.

Are girls more vulnerable to teen mental disorders?

Today, there is significant pressure for girls to fit in with their peers and social media often creates a very public platform that sends mixed messages to teens. While both boys and girls can develop mental disorders, it is important to understand that girls may be affected in different ways and be at greater risk for certain types of disorders. As a parent or trusted adult working with teens, it is essential to know the following information regarding a teen girl’s vulnerability to developing a mental disorder such as depression. Common types of teen mental disorders. Four symptoms of bipolar disorder in teens. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that causes unusual mood changes.

Four symptoms of bipolar disorder in teens

In addition to affecting adults, it can also be diagnosed in children and teens. During the years of adolescence, many parents dismiss negative behavior as a normal part of puberty. However, teens with bipolar disorder can experience extreme mood swings and have problems thinking clearly. A helpful guide to books on teen substance abuse. 12-18 A helpful guide to books on teen substance abuse Posted in Substance Abuse - 0 Comments Raising a teen can be hard when you worry that they are always at risk of delving into something bad.

A helpful guide to books on teen substance abuse

This is especially true as your teen keeps growing and inevitably faces peer pressure to try different drugs or runs the risk of using drugs as a coping mechanism during this tumultuous period in their life. When A Parent’s Addiction Becomes A Child’s Depression. A parent struggling with addiction may assume that their addiction does not affect anyone else.

When A Parent’s Addiction Becomes A Child’s Depression

In reality, their addiction can affect their children, causing them to develop depression and other mental health disorders as a result of a parent’s addiction. The prevalence of parental addiction Mental disorders are more common in children without addiction in their lives than some may realize. In the U.S., 2.1 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 17 struggle with depression, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Don’t rush to flush: Safely dispose of leftover medications. 09-19 Don’t rush to flush: Safely dispose of leftover medications Posted in Advocacy, Medicine, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments There are approximately 67,000 pharmacies located in the United States, and nearly 70 percent of all Americans take at least one prescription medication on a daily basis.

Don’t rush to flush: Safely dispose of leftover medications

Prescription drugs are a billion dollar industry and can cause serious side effects including addiction. The process of obtaining a prescription medication is not difficult; people can pick up their prescription at a pharmacy or have their prescriptions delivered to their home. The problem It is very common for individuals to stop taking their prescription medications before they refill their next bottle or stop short of finishing their antibiotic course or pain medication treatment because they feel better before their treatment course is completed. If only properly disposing of leftover medications were as easy as prescribing them. The solution About us About the author. Four symptoms of bipolar disorder in teens. How much sleep do teens need? 08-29 How much sleep do teens need?

How much sleep do teens need?

Posted in Mental Health - 0 Comments For years, experts have stressed that teens are short on rest, needing at least nine hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can lead to problems such as reduced performance at school and poor decision making, exacerbating existing mental health or behavioral issues. However, a recent study has found that seven hours of sleep is in fact the most optimal amount of rest, at least for teens. The study, conducted by Brigham Young University, investigated the association between sleep and academic performance in teens aged 10 to 19. “If you used that same approach for a guideline on how much people should eat, you would put them in a well-stocked pantry and just watch how much they ate until they felt satisfied. 9 – 9.5 hours for 10 year olds8 – 8.5 hours for 12 year olds7 hours for 16 year olds Also, teens that slept more than the aforementioned optimal amounts had a stronger association with lower test scores. When A Parent’s Addiction Becomes A Child’s Depression.

A parent struggling with addiction may assume that their addiction does not affect anyone else.

When A Parent’s Addiction Becomes A Child’s Depression

In reality, their addiction can affect their children, causing them to develop depression and other mental health disorders as a result of a parent’s addiction. The prevalence of parental addiction Mental disorders are more common in children without addiction in their lives than some may realize. In the U.S., 2.1 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 17 struggle with depression, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Teenagers and rehab centers. When a teenager is in need of treatment for substance or a mental illness, the thought of a rehabilitation center brings up the fear of being institutionalized and strapped to a bed all day.

Teenagers and rehab centers

In reality, most treatment centers for teenagers offer a comforting environment with all of the necessary resources to help the teen recover. However, teenagers may attempt to struggle with substance abuse on their own and keep it from their parents, causing more permanent damage to their body. With the abundance of addictive substances available to teenagers, parents are slowly becoming more aware to the early signs of substance abuse. The effects of media on body image. 05-25 The effects of media on body image Posted in Mental Health, Self-esteem - 0 Comments Even if you don’t know what a meme is, you’ve probably been exposed to one at least once, especially if you’re a regular internet user. First coined by biologist and author Richard Dawkins in the 1970s, a meme is a symbol, idea or behavior that is passed between people nongenetically.

Internet memes are generally harmless – think pictures of funny-looking cats and so on. How personality affects mental health. 03-10 How personality affects mental health Posted in Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Recovery - 0 Comments All people have a characteristic style of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes them unique. The set of distinct traits, behavioral and relational styles, and thought processes that influence who we are, and how we perceive ourselves and the world around us all comprise our personalities, which develop when we are young and persist throughout our lives.

It has become increasingly clear that certain personality traits can make people more prone to developing certain mental health outcomes such as anxiety and depression. Depression: A teenage mental health crisis. 04-06 Depression: A teenage mental health crisis Posted in Anxiety, Depression rehab, Mental Health - 0 Comments Teenage drinking is down, as are teenage pregnancies. But teenage depression is up, as are suicides. 5 Places Where Teens Hide Their Drug Stash. As a parent, it’s not always easy to know if teens are telling the truth. Trust is an important part of any relationship, but when a parent sees a difference in a child’s mental health or starts noticing signs of withdrawal or abnormal behavior, it may be time to make sure drugs are not the cause.

Unfortunately, drugs are easy to hide. A teen may be using in their parents’ house without being caught as long as they stash the drugs in hiding places that are unlikely to be searched. Here are some of the most common places for teens to hide drugs. Vents: A vent in any room of the house is a perfect place to store drugs. Markers, Pens, and Highlighters: All students need school supplies, but parents may not know that their kids aren’t using them for their intended purposes.

Behind Posters: Teens want to decorate their room with items that express who they are, and posters have always been a popular way to do that. When conventional treatment falls short of treating dual diagnosis. 09-07 When conventional treatment falls short of treating dual diagnosis Posted in Dual diagnosis treatment, Substance Abuse, Treatment - 0 Comments A dual diagnosis of co-occurring behavioral health conditions has been described as having the worst of both worlds.

The symptoms of both disorders can become comorbid and intertwine, causing relapse if both disorders are not fully treated at the same time. Unfortunately, in this nefarious chicken-or-the-egg scenario, conventional treatment is insufficient to address issues, leading clinicians to try alternative means. The needs of dual diagnosis patients A 2007 report prepared by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council notes, “Substance use often exacerbates cognitive impairment over the long term, making recovery and response to traditional addictions treatment more difficult.” That’s a tall order for any agency to fill. How to Identify Bipolar Disorder in Teens. What to do about your family’s addiction genes. 09-02 What to do about your family’s addiction genes Posted in Family, Sober Living, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments “Many children of addicts live against the grain of that upbringing, swearing off any substances that could be abused,” writes Robert Yagoda in his article on U.S.

News & World Report. Three types of childhood adverse experiences associated with substance abuse. E-treatment: New online therapy methods hold promise. It’s easier to get opioids than get help for an opioid addiction. Mental health problems on the rise for military children. Three effects of drug use during pregnancy. Teen problems with marijuana have decreased since legalization. 08-15 Teen problems with marijuana have decreased since legalization Posted in Advocacy, Legal, Marijuana - 0 Comments The legalities, health benefits and behavioral and mental implications related to marijuana have attracted political attention from many different communities. In an important election year, marijuana has been a hot topic for debate and is still controversial. With a strict federal ban but very lenient regulations on the statewide level, the legalities of this natural herb create a political conundrum. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana.

Trends stemming from changes in marijuana legislation It was once thought that by legalizing marijuana, crime rates would increase and adolescent addiction rates would sky rocket. Marijuana has been called the “gateway drug” for teenagers, meaning that using this drug leads to the use of other harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin. How gut bacteria can enhance brain health. Searching for the biological cause of social withdrawal.

08-02 Searching for the biological cause of social withdrawal Posted in Cognition, Psychiatry, Research - 0 Comments The Psychiatric Ratings using Intermediate Stratified Markers (PRISM) project is a €16.5 million public and private European consortium that will use advanced technology to unearth the causes of social withdrawal. PRISM isn’t looking for an antidote to shyness. Research finds that opioid treatment can increase overall pain. Debating the use of antidepressants in the young. Kratom: A natural pain reliever with potential for abuse. 4 Dangers Of Depression That You Probably Didn't Know. 10 surprising reasons why giving up sugar feels so good. Behavioral health disorders that often appear together.

How do opioids impact our feelings of social connection? Imodium abuse can result in death. Academic stress can harm adolescents. Cellphone addiction poses dangers for teens. Avoiding sugar strengthens recovery. Predisposing risk factors may lead to dual diagnosis. Deep brain stimulation may treat resistant anorexia nervosa. Is substance abuse a mental illness? - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. Understanding temperament: A primer for parents. Music soothes infants, aids in early development - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. A family disease: Why good intentions of codependency don’t help - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. Internet anonymity allows survivors of sexual abuse to share their stories - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. Can alcoholism span generations? - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program.

A family disease: Genetic and epigenetic risks for alcoholism - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. Guide for parents of a raped child - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. Nightmares are a sign of more than bad dreams - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. Teen abstinence: It’s not always easy - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program. Study links teenage use of tanning beds to substance abuse. Breaking up with habits is hard to do. When picky eating becomes an eating disorder. Everyone needs help: Five strong resources for recovering teens - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program - Sovereign Health Adolescent Program.