ADHD and Substance Abuse

ADHD and Substance Abuse

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder among youth, affecting approximately eleven percent of youth in the U.S. The disorder is marked by impulsive behavior, inability to pay attention and excessive physical activity. ADHD and substance abuse frequently occur together. ADHD is considered a chronic condition. Because it can have a negative…

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5 Ways to Help Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

5 Ways to Help Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

Stigma, the unwarranted shame and disgrace associated with mental illness, is a serious problem affecting the estimated 61.5 million Americans who experience mental illness in any given year. Not only do these individuals struggle with the debilitating symptoms of their illness, but they also face various forms of discrimination, social prejudice, judgmental mindsets and other…

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Sentencing Options Needed for Youth with Mental Illness

Sentencing Options Needed for Youth with Mental Illness

Research indicates the human brain continues to develop throughout adolescence. In particular, the area of the brain associated with complex reasoning, thinking before acting and decision-making is not fully developed until the mid-twenties. The development of mental illness during this natural process of brain growth is an unfortunate possibility. This means that there is, at…

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Improving Teen Mental Health with Positive Psychology

Improving Teen Mental Health with Positive Psychology

The adolescent years have always been seen as a time when teens often pull away from their parents, develop their identities and assert their independence. But the unprecedented rate of depression, stress and anxiety among modern teens indicates they are facing unique challenges that require new and effective ways for improving the situation. What is…

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