The 2 Most Important Ways to Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

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,…

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How to Teen-Proof Summer Vacation

Teens love summer. School is out. They have more time to hang out with friends. And, if both parents work, they get to enjoy the freedom of unsupervised time. For many teens, this is a chance to demonstrate maturity and responsibility, but there are also risks. Unsupervised teens are more likely to experiment with drugs…

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Childhood Trauma Misdiagnosed as ADHD

Consider two classroom scenarios: In the first, a teacher struggles to calm and reengage her class after the repeated disruptions of a student who cannot remain seated. He behaves impulsively—flipping over his desk and knocking books and papers out of other students’ hands—despite consequences (being removed from the reward system, being sent to the principal’s…

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