This Groundbreaking Insight May Be Your Teen’s Best Defense Against Addiction This School Year

Posted on August 18, 2015 in Teens

This Groundbreaking Insight May Be Your Teen’s Best Defense Against Addiction This School Year

“The best thing for being sad … is to learn something,” the magician Merlin counsels his young pupil, Wart, in the fantasy classic The Once and Future King. And the latest insights from science seem to confirm that conclusion, with the implication that encouraging your teen’s studies may be their best defense against addiction and potentially other forms of mental illness like depression.

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television fosters depression

Posted on March 26, 2014 in Depression

How Television Watching Correlates With Depression

A variety of studies in recent years have shown a correlation between television watching and depression. Some of these studies have suggested a cause and effect relationship between excessive television or television at certain times of day and the development of depression. Other studies have shown that certain television-related behaviors are symptoms of depression, and can be used to help diagnose mental illness.

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Teenage girl with a therapist

Posted on January 29, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

Why May Teens Not Seek Help With Mental Health Issues?

Teens don’t like to stand out from their peers. Just take a picture of a group of teens to prove the point: they tend to wear the same type of clothes, sport the same hairstyles and even adopt the same posture in front of the camera. Teens have not fully come to grips with their own identity and until they do, they find safety in the group. This is a significant part of why teens may not seek help even when they feel mental health stress–but there is more to the story.

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Mental Illnesses Genetically Linked

Posted on December 12, 2013 in Mental Health

Five Mental Illnesses Genetically Linked

Determining the genes that contribute to illnesses is an important step in understanding how disease begins, the causes, how to treat them and how to prevent them. That is no different, whether the disease under investigation is a physical or a mental illness.

Mental health disorders are not always straightforward; they are caused by a range of factors and each individual case is different. There are certainly genetic components, but environmental circumstances also play a role in figuring out how these diseases develop. To get a full picture, researchers need to know the genes behind mental illness.

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Mental illness and substance abuse

Posted on November 29, 2013 in Mental Health

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

Few people make it through the teen years wound-free. Taking their first individual steps socially, romantically and even intellectually can be nerve-wracking for the healthiest teen. The fears and vulnerabilities of adolescence make it a ripe period for developing mental illness.

A 2009 Australian government report revealed that one quarter of young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 has a mental illness of some kind on any given day. In fact, long-term research tracking kids from early adolescence to early adulthood (middle 20s) reveals that as many as half of all teens and young adults experience at least one occasion of mental illness like depression or anxiety.

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