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Teen Depression and Substance Abuse

Teen depression and substance abuse are closely linked. Mental health problems can lead to self-medicating, where you use drugs and/or alcohol to alleviate symptoms like sadness. About 8% of adolescents suffer from depression, and 11.5% of high school seniors use illicit drugs other than marijuana at least annually. (1) The teenage years are stressful, awkward,…

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Heroin Epidemic

Adolescence is a difficult time, even without a heroin epidemic. Complex changes related to developing and maturing lead to awkward emotions, self-esteem problems, and anxiety. Peer pressure and socializing can create stress, as can balancing academics, personal development, and hobbies. Since the human brain’s decision-making centers are constantly evolving until your late 20s, teenagers are…