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Positive Psychology Helps Reduce Teen Drinking

Posted on July 17, 2014 in Teen Drinking

Positive Psychology Helps Reduce Teen Drinking

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll is only the latest version of a centuries-old expression regarding “wine, women and song.” Teens have been using substances, including alcohol, since ancient times, with their elders hard-pressed to stop them for equally as long. Devising consequences and doling out punishments is one time-honored approach, but finding ways to address some of the reasons teens drink and preventing teenage alcohol consumption is a potentially more effective and positive approach. Two British researchers published the results of just such an effort—a group intervention for teens based on positive psychology concepts and aimed at helping eliminate some of the reasons teens engage in drinking—especially in dangerous binge drinking. While the study was only a pilot and intentionally small in scale, the results are great news for those of us who work with and love our teens.

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Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol or Drugs? What You Can Do to Help

Posted on July 1, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol or Drugs? What You Can Do to Help

Alicia is a bright high school sophomore who’s frequently teased because she’s overweight. Josh is a junior; the science nerd who excels in academics but silently struggles to fit in socially. Sarah is a pretty senior who’s liked by everyone and bound for a top notch college. Zach, a junior, is an introverted athlete who excels at every sport he plays.

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Treating Teen Depression: Early Intervention is Key

Posted on June 26, 2014 in Teen Depression

Treating Teen Depression: Early Intervention is Key

Often, the sooner someone speaks up about something that is bothering him or her, the better. Thoughts don’t have time to brew, become distorted, and get out of control. The same is true for fighting the power that a mental illness can have over the mind. The sooner the mental illness is diagnosed and treated, the better.

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