Michael Phelps: Creating Hope for Teen Addiction July 22, 2016
Many people have heard of Michael Phelps struggles with substance use over the course of his Olympic journey. Phelps was struggling with alcoholism and drunk driving, but he decided to seek treatment. Now, Michael Phelps is back in the game. He’s on his way to his fifth round of Olympic Games, which he qualified for by exceling in the 200-meter butterfly—a feat he stated was the hardest swim of his life. Phelps will be the first...
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Coloring Books: A New Tool for Stress in Teens July 22, 2016
As a child, coloring books were a common activity throughout each day. As we get older, coloring and art become less and less of a priority. Until recently, a new fad of coloring books was recently released that are designed for adults. That’s right, coloring books are making a comeback! New research has been coming out about the benefits of taking time out of your day to sit down and color--no matter the age. For older...
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Being Aware of The Introverted Child July 20, 2016
Some kids grow up and are quiet or shy, while others are sociable and outgoing. These kids who are quiet are often termed the introverted child. The child that never raises their hand in class. The child that doesn’t speak up even though they know the answer. So, how do you get the introverted child to speak up or get involved? According to a recent article by NPR, it requires more awareness from teachers and parents...
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Cinema Being Used to Study ADHD in Children July 15, 2016
Yale University has conducted new research on ADHD in children. PsychCentral recently wrote an article covering the study. The researchers in this study decided to use movies as a way of understanding ADHD in children more deeply. The associate research scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, Tamara Vanderwal, M.D., says that movies allow children with ADHD to stay still while getting a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) test.   Studying ADHD in children Most children...
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ADHD and Autism: Influenced by Ingredient in Common Pain Medicine? July 15, 2016
According to a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, Acetaminophen--used in Tylenol, Panadol, Anacin--could be linked to a higher chance of ADHD and autism in children when used during pregnancy. The researchers found a significant increase in the chances that a child would show ADHD and autism symptoms when the mother had used a drug with acetaminophen in it. ScienceDaily recently covered the details of the study and its implications. Increased Risk of...
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New Perspective on Social Development in Adolescence July 11, 2016
In a recent article by Psychology Today, new research concerning how much we know about ourselves compared to how much our friends know about us was discussed. Social development in adolescence can be tough--particularly for teens with low self esteems or a weak sense of self. Teens often strive for independence, which usually means hanging out with friends instead of family. The friends a teen picks during social development in adolescence can greatly impact how they...
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Igniting the Movement for Gender Identity Issues July 7, 2016
Debates on exactly what gender is and how it should be defined as we, as a globe, move forward have developed as more and more people come forward with their stories of struggling with gender identity issues and the lack of care available. Many consider when Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender and ignited a new conversation about gender identity issues across the world to be the turning point for the transgender movement. Many transgender celebrities--Laverne...
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A New Era of Phone Obsession July 6, 2016
In today’s world, it’s hard to imagine a life without cell phones. They consume a large quantity of our time every day, new gadgets, toys, and devices continue to integrate themselves into our daily lives. We have been so entranced with technology, that we’ve hardly consider what the negative effects cell phone use in teens could have. But, like with most new thing, we’ve begun seeing the negative consequences attached to certain technologies, primarily phones. Anything...
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The Many Dangers of Adolescent Alcohol Use July 5, 2016
Though adolescent alcohol use and drug use has gone down overall, it’s still a large public health and social issue today. Science Daily recently wrote an article outlining new research which has discovered cognitive functioning, brain features, and demographic factors in the beginning of adolescence has the ability to predict adolescent alcohol use later on. What they found In the study, they used 137 healthy young people who had no previous drug or alcohol use. The...
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Understanding Autism: A New Global Awareness July 1, 2016
Egypt Leader Pushes Country Towards Understanding Autism Within the United States and multiple parts of the world, it is no secret that mental illness is gravely misunderstood. In many societies, understanding autism spectrum disorder is difficult because there are few opportunities to learn about it. In some cultures, it can even be viewed as a curse because of the misunderstanding of autism and how it works. As the internet becomes more available in more secluded or...
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