How Self-Image Influences Adolescent Alcohol Use

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Self-perception and body image are crucial, particularly during the teen years. The rapid changes that occur during puberty can influence how adolescents view themselves and others, with implications for teenagers of all gender identities.  While disordered behavior around eating and exercise is one way for adolescents to attempt to cope with an unrealistic self-image, some […]

Alateen: Support for Siblings

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One of the most insidious things about addiction is its impact on everyone in the substance user’s life. Watching a sibling struggle with his mental health and well-being can make you feel helpless or anxious. The chronic stress will gradually take its toll on you and leave you more vulnerable to issues like high blood […]

Signs of Depression in Teens

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Parenting a teen can be a challenging mix of wanting to keep your child safe while giving them space to learn, grow and make mistakes. During the roller coaster of adolescence, you might wonder whether your son is experiencing typical teen ups and downs, or if his emotional challenges signify something more serious.  Though depression […]

Consequences of Drinking and Driving

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The reckless decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol can have severe repercussions in every state, including jail time, community service, expensive fines and driver’s license suspension. Teens who get arrested for underaged drinking and driving can face even more serious, long-term consequences, including effects on their educational and career opportunities.  Teen Drinking […]

My Son Is Cutting Himself

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Grappling with complex emotions is a typical part of life – particularly during adolescence, when life takes so many twists and turns. Part of developing emotional maturity involves learning coping skills to fall back on when events seem overwhelming. However, not everyone’s coping mechanisms are equally healthy or well-adjusted. Some teens respond to mental health […]

Teen Using Delta-8

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Marijuana is the world’s most widely used illicit drug, and its use links with various mental health issues, especially among younger people. The best-known result of marijuana use occurs due to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a compound that acts upon brain areas influencing pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, movement, coordination and sensory perception. As a parent of […]

Most Common Mental Health Disorders in Teenage Boys

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The teen years are emotionally challenging, characterized by various physical, mental and social changes that may transform your formerly happy, active son into a person you no longer recognize at times. Withdrawal, sullenness and unpredictable mood swings are all characteristics of adolescence, but they are also qualities of mental illnesses. According to the American College […]

Teens More Likely to Get Addicted to Marijuana

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Thanks to widespread legalization efforts, marijuana has a perception of being less risky than drugs like methamphetamines or opioids. Countless movies and TV shows have depicted marijuana as a consequence-free way to have fun and relax. However, it’s essential to remember that it is still a controlled substance that can have severe long-term health effects […]

Prescription Medications Pose New Danger to Teens

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As a parent, you may be worried about your teenage son using drugs like marijuana or meth, without ever considering that an equally dangerous, addictive substance could be hiding in plain sight in your home’s medicine cabinet. Teen prescription medication abuse is a growing concern among health professionals because these drugs are readily available and […]

Back to School 2021 – Helping Teens Make the Transition

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Though the autumnal equinox isn’t until Sept. 22, many people consider Labor Day to mark the unofficial end of summer, which means back-to-school season is in full swing. If your teen has recently started school again or you’re gearing up to begin a brand-new school year, here are some tips to smooth the path and […]