Parents affected by serious drug or alcohol problems can experience a serious decline in their parenting skills and ability to maintain a stable household environment. Potential consequences of this decline include a carrying over of problematic substance use to a daughter or son. In a study published in November 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a group of U.S. researchers explored the potential usefulness of a form of behavioral intervention called brief strategic family therapy in helping parents with substance problems significantly reduce their intake of drugs and alcohol.
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Steroid use among teens is a major problem because of the negative health consequences that can result. Among all drugs abused by teens, steroids are not the most popular, but they can be extremely damaging. Boys are more likely than girls to use them, but all teens are susceptible to the temptation to use these drugs to bulk up and to perform better as athletes. Adults must take on the responsibility of learning about the harm steroids can cause and educate young people so that the damage can be avoided.
People still smoke, which is hard to believe given everything we know about the health hazards. Among American adults, 18 percent of the population, or 42 million people, still smoke. Still, the rate of smoking has declined greatly over the last several decades and continues to go down. You don’t smoke. Your partner doesn’t smoke. So it came as a big surprise when you caught your teenager smoking. How should you handle the situation so that he doesn’t continue with this deadly habit?
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Hispanic community and their supporters made waves last year. These publicly visible people, organizations and events helped bring awareness to the fact that LGBT people exist in the Hispanic community and want the same rights as everyone else. According to U.S. Census statistics, 4.3 percent of Hispanics in America identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This means that nearly one-and-a-half million Hispanics in the U.S. are a part of this community and are not always accepted by the traditional culture. Every time a Hispanic member of the LGBT community is visible in the public in a positive way or an organization makes an effort to be more inclusive, attitudes shift and acceptance becomes more of a reality.
If you have a typical teenager, chances are their self-esteem could use a lift:
Borderline personality disorder, also known as BPD, is a mental illness categorized as a mood disorder. Someone with BPD typically has unstable moods, difficulty with relationships and erratic behaviors. If you think these characteristics of the disorder sound like your average teenager, you aren’t wrong, and this is a big problem when it comes to diagnosing troubled adolescents. Many teens display worrying signs of BPD, but doctors are often hesitant to make a diagnosis. It can be hard to distinguish between the disorder and the ups and downs of adolescence. The result is that some teens are labeled as having borderline personality traits. What does this mean for teens and their parents?
“The best thing for being sad … is to learn something,” the magician Merlin counsels his young pupil, Wart, in the fantasy classic The Once and Future King. And the latest insights from science seem to confirm that conclusion, with the implication that encouraging your teen’s studies may be their best defense against addiction and potentially other forms of mental illness like depression.
Attachment insecurity in one or both partners in a relationship can predict marital infidelity, according to new research from Florida State University.
The simple act of breathing gives us all our most direct connection with the forces of life. The oxygen we inhale sustains us and allows the cells in our body to function smoothly and efficiently. Breathing is a recurrent act of renewal.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 6.1 percent of U.S. teenagers abuse prescription medications. Currently, prescription drugs are the third-most abused substance among teens, after alcohol and marijuana. Although the most recent survey data from NIDA shows a slight decline in teenage prescription drug abuse over the last couple of years, it remains a significant health concern for this age group.