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Mental Illness Not Uncommon for Young Adults But Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Few people make it through the teen years wound-free. During this time, teens are taking their first individual steps socially, romantically, and even intellectually. This can be nerve-wracking for even the healthiest teen. The fears and vulnerabilities of adolescence make it a ripe period for developing mental illness. Studies reveal that one-quarter of young adults…

child exhibiting the signs of depression in teens

What Are The Obvious – and Not So Obvious – Signs of Depression in Teens?

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions. Many people think of depression as a disorder that primarily impacts adults.  However, it also impacts a significant number of teens. As with adults, depression in teens may range from mild to severe. It may last for a couple of weeks, several months, or a…

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Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse: What are the Connections?

The connections between social media, teens, and substance abuse are often quite tight. Parents may not even realize that their children are taking lessons from social media stars. Even worse, they may be getting pressure from friends on social media to abuse drugs. This problem concerns us at The Right Step. As a result, we’ve decided…

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Teen Drinking Leads to Lasting Deficits in Memory, Ability to Learn

New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that teenagers who engage in regular, intermittent drinking can unwittingly trigger lasting dysfunction in the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. How can teen drinking affect your teen? Doctors, researchers and public health officials are well aware that teenagers who drink…

Bicultural Stress and Drinking in Hispanic Immigrant Teens

Immigrating to the U.S. is the dream of many people throughout the Hispanic world, but once arrived, immigrants often struggle. Hispanic immigrants, especially young people, face a lot of pressures and difficulties in this country. For adolescents, the pressure of bicultural stress can be overwhelming. They face pressure from their parents and other older relatives…