For many teenagers with substance use disorders, drug use begins as a way to manage stress. When teens do not have the skills or resources to cope with stress in healthy ways, they may turn to drug use or other unhealthy and dangerous ways to cope with their psychological distress.
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New research has revealed that women with serious mental health problems are less likely to undergo screenings for breast cancer and cervical cancer. Given that one in four Americans suffers from some type of mental illness and that cancer is the second-leading cause of death in this country, this confluence is noteworthy and should function as a wakeup call for the medical profession.
Teenage girls who have first- and second-degree relatives with alcohol problems are at an increased risk for having altered brain structures that make them susceptible to problematic alcohol use even if they don’t currently drink, a new study finds.
A new study has investigated the potential for social media addiction and has found a link between excessive social media use, problems with emotion regulation and problem drinking. As of October, Facebook had 1.35 billion active users, 800 million of whom log on daily. The widespread nature of social media use and the growing concern about a variety of non-substance addictions (particularly ones involving the Internet and technology) have led to concern about the potential for social media addiction. The study’s finding provides strong evidence for the existence of social media addiction, but what does the link between it and substance abuse really mean?
A small new study has found that women crave nicotine more or less depending on their menstrual cycles. The study is only preliminary, but it opens the door to the possibility that a woman’s period could be the key to her ability to quit smoking or to treat other addictions.
Chronic anorexia nervosa can result in changes to an individual’s DNA that pose risks to both physical and mental health, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.
Let’s say your 15-year-old son has type 1 diabetes. As if one ailment isn’t enough, he stands a 33 percent chance of also suffering from a serious mental illness. That’s the message of a new study that found thousands of American adolescents are shouldering what could be a double whammy of health conditions.
A woman escapes into an obsessive cycle of sexual fantasy to numb the pain of a traumatic childhood experience.
Parents or guardians are on the front lines when it comes to detecting and addressing underage alcohol use. However, it can be difficult for parents and guardians at home to get the full picture when it comes to their teenagers’ behaviors and attitudes. This is because of the many hours that teens spend at school and school-related or extracurricular activities. As a result, teachers and school officials can also play an important role in recognizing the signs that a teenager may have developed an alcohol use problem.
Almost 50 percent of all American children between the ages of 6 and 17 are exposed to at least one event/situation capable of triggering emotional trauma that may last into adulthood, according to recent study findings from an American research team.