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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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What is Substance Use Disorder?

What is substance use disorder? It is a disease that alters your behavior and brain function through prolonged substance use. In short, it’s an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The disorder is characterized by the continued use of a substance despite the consequences.  In most cases, you may continue using drugs or alcohol regardless of…

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Symptoms of Depression

Clinical depression has become increasingly common among adolescents. In fact, there has been a 37% increase in clinical depression among Americans ages 12 to 17 between 2005 and 2014. In the past year, more than 3 million adolescents experienced at least one episode of depression. Overall, the prevalence of depression among adolescents has continued to increase dramatically since the…

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How to Help a Teen With Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the United States and 7.1% of children ages 3 to 17 have been diagnosed with an anxiety-related disorder. Anxiety-related conditions are also becoming more common among children ages 6-17, increasing in prevalence by 0.9% between 2007 and 2011. Although anxiety disorders are common, less than 60% of children diagnosed with…

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Detox Medications

Substance abuse disorders impact more than 10% of Americans ages 12 or older. Drug and alcohol use is still common among teens and high schoolers, with more than half of all high schoolers experimenting with alcohol and/or marijuana within the past year. Substances like marijuana and alcohol can lead to physical and psychological addiction, while prescription medications…

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Avoidant Personality Disorder vs Social Anxiety

Anxiety is more common among adolescents today than at any other period of time in American history. Teenagers are especially at risk for developing anxiety-related disorders because of factors like hormonal changes and peer pressure. Anxiety symptoms vary depending on whether you have avoidant personality disorder vs social anxiety. Many times, symptoms between avoidant personality…

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Teenage Cell Phone Addiction Symptoms

Parents all over the country have concerns about their teen’s obsession with their cell phones. By any measure, this a very reasonable concern. In fact, teens are at risk of not learning how to interact with other people without some device standing between the two individuals. It’s gotten to the point that the mental health…