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Teen Substance Abuse

The four-year period that teens spend in high school is a radical transformation from childhood to adulthood. During this time, they are exposed to a wide range of coming-of-age experiences. For many teens, drugs and alcohol are almost inevitably somewhere in the picture. As such,  teen substance abuse has dominated youth culture in the U.S. …

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Signs of Depression in Teens

Depression is not always easy to spot in teenagers. One of the reasons is that the signs of depression can often mimic normal teenage behavior. Changes in mood, abnormal sleep and eating patterns, inability to stay focused, or changes in social behavior may look like typical traits of an adolescent in transition.  However, it’s also…

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Recognizing National Impaired Driving Prevention Month 2018

December has been deemed National Impaired Driving Prevention Month since 1981. Community leaders, health care providers, educators, and parents strive to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and promote responsible alcohol usage. Celebrating National Impaired Driving Prevention Month 2018 with teenagers can involve education, volunteer work, and support. U.S. Impaired Driving Statistics About…