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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Why Adolescents are the Most Vulnerable to Substance Abuse and Addiction

Dealing with an addiction in a friend or family member is difficult no matter what the situation. When that friend or family member is an adolescent, however, the difficulty and sadness may increase many times over. Many parents find themselves in this situation, especially if the kids are teenagers or college-aged. Parents can be torn…

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Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Addiction Rehab

For adolescents, living a normal life is important. When a teen is taking the steps toward alcohol and drug addiction recovery, maintaining a structured, sober lifestyle plays a key role in their success and recovery. When adolescents become addicted to alcohol or drugs, it is important that they learn how to live fulfilling lives that…

A teen girl sits on the floor and takes pills, wondering how to prevent teen drug abuse

Prescription Lockboxes Help Prevent Teen Drug Abuse

Reducing the availability of prescription drugs is one of the main goals in the fight against the prescription drug abuse epidemic, particularly among teenagers. One security company is even working on biometric technology to help secure prescription medications and prevent teen drug abuse. Availability has been one of the primary factors driving prescription drug abuse…

Drug Testing in Schools Costly, Ineffective

Approximately one in five U.S. schools has instituted mandatory student drug testing programs, but research suggests that these programs are not effective at reducing teenage drug abuse. Furthermore, regular testing of a reasonably-sized group of students can be expensive, and many critics feel that it is not a good use of limited school funding.