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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in Teens

Although drug abuse has declined in the past 20 years (1), teens are using certain substances, like marijuana, more than ever. Mental illness and substance abuse in teens requires treatment, as co-occurring disorders can make it difficult to live a healthy and normal life. While all teens and adolescents experience anxiety, stress, and sadness, some…

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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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Mental Health with Teens and School

Balancing academics, social needs, and future goals during adolescence can be stressful. Especially when you struggle with a mental health condition. Mental health with teens and school can make it even more difficult to identify, manage, and control mental health symptoms. Stressors, like grades or athletics, can aggravate symptoms and make it harder to navigate…

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Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Teens are still maturing, meaning they’re inherently prone to making risky decisions. Not only are teens more likely to cave to peer pressure and experiment with drugs and alcohol, but they’re also more prone to experience mood and behavioral changes during addiction. Because addiction is a chronic condition, it almost always requires treatment. Rehabs can…