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5 No-No’s When Talking to Teens About Drug Use

Do you suspect your teen has a substance abuse problem? Parents approach this issue in myriad ways. Some of these approaches are effective…and some aren’t. Let’s dig in. Avoid These Common Pitfalls Using ineffective methods can escalate the problem and cause unnecessary conflict. To truly help your teen, avoid making the following common mistakes concerning […]

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Should You Encourage Risky Behavior in Your Teen?

Adolescence is a time of tumultuous change. Teens are exploring who they are and who they want to be. They push at boundaries to determine what they’re allowed to do and what they’re capable of doing. This journey often takes them into the realm of risky behavior. As the parent, should you stop their exploration? […]

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3 Places Your Teen Might Be Hiding Drugs (Hint: Some Are in Plain Sight)

You want to trust your teen. You’re trying to find the balance between holding them accountable and having faith in their decision-making. When they’ve broken your trust already, however, this balancing act becomes even more challenging. Invading Their Privacy vs Protecting Your Teen If your teen’s struggling with substance abuse, you may have to take […]

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Find Out if Your Teen is a Master of Parental Manipulation 101

Manipulate: To control or influence a person cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously. How clever is your teen? Do they try to influence you in unfair and unscrupulous ways? If so, you’re not alone. Manipulation is common among children of all ages. When they’re younger, their goal may be to get extra cookies, get out of cleaning […]

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4 Easy Ways to Boost Your Teen’s Willpower

How would you rate your teen’s self-discipline? Is she a super-tasker, accomplishing more in a week than you thought possible? Or maybe she’s very self-controlled, finishing all her homework before the video games start? If that’s the case, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. But if your teen needs a little more prodding, you’ll […]

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Getting Real About the Dangers of Underage Drinking

If you asked your teen to list the risks of underage drinking, what would they say? If you’re like many parents, the answers may surprise you. As adults, it’s easy to assume teens understand the risks involved. But, what’s logical and obvious to us is often completely missed by teens. Their limited view of the […]

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7 Things Parents Should Look for in a Child Therapist

As if parenting wasn’t hard enough, you’re now faced with the task of choosing the best therapist for your child. To many parents, this task feels overwhelming. How do you know what to look for? Who will provide the best intervention and support? The Essential Qualities in a Child Therapist? As you begin your search, […]

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To Keep My Kids Off Drugs I Should...Take Away Their Toys?

Conrad sorted the rocks he collected yesterday, tucking them safely away in his chair-and-blanket fort. He then rejoined his classmates, and they continued their trek through “the jungle,” pretending to be explorers on a safari mission. After a while, they switched to their recently-invented restaurant game and served up delicious (though invisible) hamburgers. Why aren’t […]

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Is Your Teen a Social Chameleon? Here's Why You Need to Know...

Libby is well-liked by her classmates. She seems to fit in with everyone. No matter who she is with, she makes them feel liked, listened to, and befriended. They feel comfortable around her. Libby’s secret to success is her ability to blend. She easily adopts the norms of those around her. Whether it’s a pattern […]

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5 Communication Barriers Parents Must Break

Have you tried talking to your teen about drugs? Making good choices? The risks involved? How did that conversation go? If you’re like most parents, you’ve encountered a few obstacles. Maybe you haven’t found the right moment to have the conversation, or your teen wasn’t receptive to what you had to say. Since this topic […]

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5 No-No’s When Talking to Teens About Drug Use

Do you suspect your teen has a substance abuse problem? Parents approach this issue in myriad ways. Some of these approaches are effective…and some aren’t. Let’s dig in. Avoid These Common Pitfalls Using ineffective methods can escalate the problem and cause unnecessary conflict. To truly help your teen, avoid making the following common mistakes concerning […]

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Should You Encourage Risky Behavior in Your Teen?

Adolescence is a time of tumultuous change. Teens are exploring who they are and who they want to be. They push at boundaries to determine what they’re allowed to do and what they’re capable of doing. This journey often takes them into the realm of risky behavior. As the parent, should you stop their exploration? […]

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3 Places Your Teen Might Be Hiding Drugs (Hint: Some Are in Plain Sight)

You want to trust your teen. You’re trying to find the balance between holding them accountable and having faith in their decision-making. When they’ve broken your trust already, however, this balancing act becomes even more challenging. Invading Their Privacy vs Protecting Your Teen If your teen’s struggling with substance abuse, you may have to take […]

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Find Out if Your Teen is a Master of Parental Manipulation 101

Manipulate: To control or influence a person cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously. How clever is your teen? Do they try to influence you in unfair and unscrupulous ways? If so, you’re not alone. Manipulation is common among children of all ages. When they’re younger, their goal may be to get extra cookies, get out of cleaning […]

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4 Easy Ways to Boost Your Teen’s Willpower

How would you rate your teen’s self-discipline? Is she a super-tasker, accomplishing more in a week than you thought possible? Or maybe she’s very self-controlled, finishing all her homework before the video games start? If that’s the case, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. But if your teen needs a little more prodding, you’ll […]

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Getting Real About the Dangers of Underage Drinking

If you asked your teen to list the risks of underage drinking, what would they say? If you’re like many parents, the answers may surprise you. As adults, it’s easy to assume teens understand the risks involved. But, what’s logical and obvious to us is often completely missed by teens. Their limited view of the […]

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7 Things Parents Should Look for in a Child Therapist

As if parenting wasn’t hard enough, you’re now faced with the task of choosing the best therapist for your child. To many parents, this task feels overwhelming. How do you know what to look for? Who will provide the best intervention and support? The Essential Qualities in a Child Therapist? As you begin your search, […]

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To Keep My Kids Off Drugs I Should...Take Away Their Toys?

Conrad sorted the rocks he collected yesterday, tucking them safely away in his chair-and-blanket fort. He then rejoined his classmates, and they continued their trek through “the jungle,” pretending to be explorers on a safari mission. After a while, they switched to their recently-invented restaurant game and served up delicious (though invisible) hamburgers. Why aren’t […]

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Is Your Teen a Social Chameleon? Here's Why You Need to Know...

Libby is well-liked by her classmates. She seems to fit in with everyone. No matter who she is with, she makes them feel liked, listened to, and befriended. They feel comfortable around her. Libby’s secret to success is her ability to blend. She easily adopts the norms of those around her. Whether it’s a pattern […]

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5 Communication Barriers Parents Must Break

Have you tried talking to your teen about drugs? Making good choices? The risks involved? How did that conversation go? If you’re like most parents, you’ve encountered a few obstacles. Maybe you haven’t found the right moment to have the conversation, or your teen wasn’t receptive to what you had to say. Since this topic […]

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A Survival Kit for the Parents of Angry Teens

Holly slammed her bedroom door and flung herself onto her bed. After an angry outburst at the dinner table, her parents had sent her to her room. This had happened several times over the past few weeks. She was starting to get the message: Her parents didn’t want to listen to what was making her […]

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Watch Your Body Language When Having the "Drug Talk"

The time has come. You need to have a tough talk with your teen. Whether it’s to educate them about the dangers of drugs or to confront them about their drug use, the conversation won’t be easy. And, if you aren’t careful, you can make it even more difficult. How? With your body language. Projecting […]

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Opioid Epidemic Linked to Childhood Emotional Abuse

Researchers at the University of Vermont have identified a link between opioid abuse in adults and childhood emotional abuse. In a recent study, 84 participants with a history of opioid abuse and childhood trauma went through a series of psychological tests and were interviewed about their childhood experiences. The results showed that those who suffered […]

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7 Essential Questions to Ask When Talking to a Teen About Drugs

You’ve heard it time and again: It’s important to talk to your teen about drugs. But you have one glaring question: How? Many parents find it difficult to broach this subject. They either don’t know how to bring it up or aren’t sure what to cover in the conversation. The National Institute on Drug Abuse […]

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5 Ways to De-Escalate Your Teen’s Escalating Emotions

Jill was worried about her daughter. Katelyn seemed to always be “on edge.” Jill knew adolescence was an emotional time for most teens, but Katelyn’s emotions seemed through the roof. Years ago, her niece struggled with similar escalating emotions; she ended up having several frightening panic attacks and ultimately turned to drug abuse as a way to calm her […]

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Spotlight on Talking to Your Teen About Suicide

The tragedy of teens dying due to feelings of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration is devastating to everyone – family, friends, and the community as a whole. For parents, learning how to approach the sensitive subject with teens is one of the most effective ways to help prevent further tragedies. It’s Your Job to Educate Your Teen It […]

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Family Finances: Coping Strategies for Parents and Teens

Jake’s boss called him in for a meeting on Friday; it was the week before Thanksgiving. Jake was being laid off. He would get unemployment and three months of health insurance for his family. After that, he was on his own, left to somehow support his wife Beth and their daughter Sara. His first instinct was to […]

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What I Wish My Family Had Known: Teens in Recovery Speak Out

“Spying on me just made me more secretive,” says Jen, 23, who battled heroin and crack addiction from the age of 15. “My mom used to search my room when I was at school. It just made me trust her less, and hide my use more.” Communication Breakdown Communication has often broken down in a […]

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Our Teen's Coming Home from Treatment: Are We Ready?

When a child comes home from treatment, it can be a time of celebration, but there’s usually a lot of tension, too. What if he or she drinks/uses again? How much should we be involved in the child’s “program?” Should we get rid of all the wine in the house? Will we ever be a […]

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Parental Burn-Out: When Teens Test Your Recovery Limits

As the slam of the bedroom door rocked the house, Kevin sank onto the living room couch. He just finished round two (for today) with his teenage son. Why did adolescence have to be so dramatic? He could hardly speak to his son without an argument exploding out of the conversation. Kevin worked hard to […]

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Will Your Little Bully Grow Up to Become an Addicted Adult?

These days, you can find them in every classroom and on every playground. They seek out other children to torment with threats, intimidation, and physical abuse. They’re childhood bullies. But what happens when these little bullies grow up? The Snowball Effect Unfortunately, for a large portion of childhood bullies, things don’t get much better. Why? […]

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The Anatomy of a Recovering Parent's Apology

You’re in early recovery. Getting here wasn’t easy, but you’re proud of the progress you’ve made and determined to live a life of continued sobriety. Your head is finally clear and you realize the damage you’ve caused to the people who love you the most. You’ve apologized to your spouse. You’ve told your boss you’re […]

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5 Ways a Mentor Can Impact Your Teen’s Recovery

Maintaining sobriety is hard work, and no one should go at it alone. That’s why many in support groups reach out to mentors to help them navigate the choppy waters of early recovery. Just because your teen is young doesn’t mean he or she shouldn’t have someone to reach out to – a neutral party […]

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An Emotional First Aid Kit for Your Teenager's Recovery

A volcanic eruption. A category four hurricane. A 9.5 earthquake. Teenage emotions often resemble the worst threats nature can throw at us. Toss addiction and recovery in the mix, and you’re facing a perfect storm. Navigating these tumultuous waters is no easy task for parents. It’s easy to say “the wrong thing” or feel like […]

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Need a Little Teenage Self-Control? Try These Hacks.

Let’s face it. If you’re reading this post, your self-control is probably…less than perfect. For some, it might be your biggest weakness. From resisting that candy bar to ignoring social media alerts or turning off that video game, self-control is not your greatest strength. What’s the good news? This trait can definitely change – especially […]

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The Sad and Overwhelming Tune of Opioid Lullabies

The cries of infants born dependent on drugs can be heard across the country. But, rural areas hear them the loudest. The rural regions of the country suffer the greatest when it comes to NAS (neonatal abstinence syndrome). This syndrome is caused by a mother using certain drugs during pregnancy. Recent reports reveal that opioid […]

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Do Text Codes Render Modern Parents Clueless?

Every generation has its own slang terms. At times, it can feel like one generation speaks an entirely different language than the next. This is especially true among the youngest generations today. Raised in a world of tech, teens often truly do speak their own language. Their language: Text Most of us have the basics […]

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Think Twice Before Playing Favorites With Your Kids

Kyle could never live up to the standards set by his older brother. No matter what Kyle did, his brother did something even better. Their parents weren’t very impressed with Kyle’s MVP award when Kevin was busy earning two first place medals the same year. It was Kevin they posted news about. Kevin they bragged […]

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Don't Let Your Teen Pay the Ultimate Price

Fourteen months ago, Becca started taking prescription opioids. She didn’t use them to help with physical pain; it was the mental pain she desperately wanted to quiet. But it didn’t work. Now, Becca’s emotional state is even worse. The opiates made her thinking even cloudier and her lows even lower. Becca’s tired of fighting the […]

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First-of-Its-Kind Study Says Kids are Key to Mom’s Rehab

Meet Stephanie and Aiden Nine-year-old Aiden entered the therapist’s office with his mom, Stephanie. Aiden and Stephanie were at the office for family therapy, as part of Stephanie’s outpatient treatment for cocaine addiction. Together, they had attended 52 sessions over the past year. Stephanie was doing well. Her cocaine use declined quickly in response to the […]

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5 Tragic Cases of Drug-Fueled Child Abuse

Inside the black hole of drug abuse, our vision is warped. We see things that aren’t there. We don’t see things that are right in front of us. We lose perspective and no longer know what we are capable of. In this place of darkness, effective parenting isn’t tough – it’s impossible. Parenting Under the […]

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140 Characters or Less: Social Media's Role in Substance Abuse

Before starting his homework, Nick checked the latest posts from his friends. Among the many new messages were several pictures of his classmates drinking at a party and a couple more of them passed out afterwards. Another friend posted a selfie that showed him holding a pill. The caption read: “About to have a great […]

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Postpartum Blues: A Bottle for Baby...and One for Mom?

Stephanie held in her arms a new-born bundle of joy – so why wasn’t she feeling joyful? In fact, she was feeling quite the opposite. As she rocked little Henry to sleep, she eyed the liquor cabinet she had been visiting more and more often since he was born. She kept trying to numb her […]

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Have We Forgotten the Secret to Raising Drug-Free Kids?

We place a lot of emphasis on children’s mental health. We don’t want them to feel pain, anxiety or sadness. So what do we do? We give them therapy and medication. In fact, over the past 15 years, the number of young people taking medication for anxiety or depression has doubled. Children and teens are […]

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A Warning for Parents in Transition: Don't Ignore Your Teenager

Change can be tough for anyone. During adolescence, when your world is tiny and one poor fashion choice can seem like the end of all things, major change can be completely and utterly overwhelming. If your teen is changing schools, you’re in the middle of a divorce or they’ve gained a new step-parent (and step-siblings), […]

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Too Young to Die: How Should You Grieve an Overdose Death?

During the second semester of her sophomore year, Kate lost her best friend. She didn’t lose her because of a guy or hurtful gossip; she lost her to a drug overdose. She’d lost other friends to drugs, none of them compared to the heartache of losing Haley. Kate tried to convince Haley to stop using. […]

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Teenage Manipulation: Is Your Child Playing You Like a Drum?

Manipulate: To control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means, especially to one’s own advantage. We humans are master manipulators. Some of us are more skilled at this art than others, but we’ve all done it. Unfortunately, manipulation and addiction are a bad combo that go hand-in-hand. Is manipulation your teenager’s go-to tool? […]

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Does Your Teen Have a Drinking Problem? Check for These Red Flags

Linda remembered experimenting with alcohol as a teen. She knew her teenage daughter probably would, too. But Gabby’s behavior was starting to make her worry. Was Gabby developing a drinking problem? Linda didn’t know if she should be concerned; she didn’t know if Gabby was showing legitimate signs of alcohol abuse. Despite the lack of […]

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Age and Weight: Two Teenage Triggers for Substance Abuse

Liam downed his first beer at a friend’s house when he was 11. Shortly after that initiation, he drank occasionally, then more frequently. Jackson wasn’t interested in alcohol until his freshman year of college. At 18, he had his first mixed drink. Like Liam, after this first experience, he drank on occasion, then more often. […]

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Family Matters: The FAQ on Family Counseling

Family therapy is form of psychotherapy (psychological counseling) that focuses on the entire family rather than one individual family member. It’s usually provided by a licensed therapist, clinical social worker or psychologist. What Does Family Counseling Look Like? In family counseling for addiction, therapists use techniques, including marriage and family therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, couples […]

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Rebel Without a Cause: What to Do When Your Teen Revolts

Kelly never had a problem with her parents’ rules before, but for some reason, things seemed to go haywire. Suddenly, she thought her curfew was unfair, limits on what she could wear were labeled outrageous and questions about where she went were considered an invasion of privacy. What in the world happened? When did that […]

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Want to Ward Off Alcoholism? Put a Ring On It!

We all know a married person who says their husband or wife drives them crazy with their nagging. “She won’t shut up about my man cave!” Or “He keeps telling me to go to the gym!” So aggravating, right? Not so fast… In a shocking turn of events, what seems like a downside of marriage […]

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3 Things I Wish People Knew About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders – like binge eating, bulimia and anorexia – impact millions of Americans and are widely misunderstood. All the prevailing myths and social stigmas prevent many people from speaking out or even seeking help. With that in mind, let’s look at three things people wish you knew about eating disorders…but would likely never tell […]

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Do Boys Have a Harder Time Coping With Eating Disorders?

Peter was 13 years old when he started skipping meals, refusing to eat certain foods and weighing himself compulsively. He lost weight, became depressed, began isolating himself from friends and abandoned all the activities he used to enjoy. Despite showing classic symptoms of anorexia, Peter went undiagnosed for several months. His parents finally grew so […]

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The Magic Show: Creating Sober Family Function Out of Dysfunction

Rob spent the last 90 days in rehab; now he’s home and trying to figure out how to peacefully live with his wife and kids. How does he bring a sense of normalcy to the household? What patterns should he establish? Is it even possible to make his family function the way it used to? […]

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Social Butterfly: Hanging Out Stunts Substance Abuse in Teens

Family. School. Friends. Ready for some good news? Well, here it is: According to a recent study, if your teen is a social butterfly who lives for socializing and hanging out with all three of these groups – family, school and friends- it actually provides them with a trifecta of protection against substance abuse. Specifically, […]

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Raising Teenagers: Learn to Become a Human Lie Detector

You want to believe your teen’s telling the truth. You want to be able to trust them. You hope they never lie to you. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. So, how can you tell if they’re lying to you? When teens lie, typically exhibit certain “tells” that give them away. When it comes to […]

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Music vs Meds: 4 More Reasons to Crank Your Favorite Tunes

Your favorite song comes on the radio and you instantly get “that feeling.” You’re automatically transported back in time to a moment that you’ll never forget – and you’ll never get tired of reliving. Or how about when you’re watching a scary movie and the creepy, ominous music makes your heart race? Or when you’re […]

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Sticks and Stones: Words Really Can Impact Recovery

Lisa’s counselor asks her specific questions – he wants to know more about her goals and how she plans to achieve them. As he listens, the counselor guides Lisa’s responses to help her avoid generalizing, distorting and committing other common communication mistakes we all tend to make. To help Lisa feel more comfortable, he mimics […]

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Look in the Mirror: Life with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing someone who doesn’t look like you. Terrifying, right? But this is the reality for many of the people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). We all dislike something about our own physical appearance; it’s human nature. But for someone struggling with BDD, this dislike becomes an extreme preoccupation […]

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5 Signs Your Teenage Student Athlete is Using Steroids

You’ve heard the rumors. Plenty of people around town are saying that members of your son’s football team are using steroids. You hope it’s not true. You hope even harder that it doesn’t involve your child. The question, however, is would you even know it if he was abusing steroids? If you suspect your teen […]

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Use Your Mind as an Eating Disorder Weapon

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by periods of binge eating, followed by attempts to purge the body of those calories…and it’s notoriously difficult to treat. A groundbreaking study from the University of Granada, however, may have uncovered a way to treat bulimia using nothing more than a mirror and some simple mindfulness tools. Specifically, […]

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Jail Fail: Locked Up Addicted, Released Addicted

Here’s a simple question that will likely take a lot of thought: What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without? Now that you have that special item in mind, what if you were told you couldn’t have it for a certain amount of time. Knowing that would more than likely make you want it that […]

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Don't Look Back: Stop Repeating the Same Old Mistakes

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Thanks for the tip, George. Does that mean if we remember our mistakes, we won’t repeat them? That would be a relief for us all, right? We’d simply keep in mind what we have done wrong in the past, then […]

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Cyberbullying: A Rising Problem Among Kids and Teens

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but in the era of the Internet, words can really, really hurt. Cyberbullying – or cybervictimization – is a fast-growing problem. It’s a form of bullying that lives on the Internet, creating a “playground” for millions of young people. Defining Online Bullying   Cyberbullying is defined as any […]

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The Strange Link Between Eating Disorders and Bullying

Bullying can have a wide array of mental health consequences, and not just for the victims. A new study finds that kids who bully others are twice as likely to show symptoms of bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder classified by binge eating and purging. Perhaps less surprisingly, kids who are the victims of bullying are […]

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Treating Bulimia is More Effective with Parental Support

Unfortunately, bulimia continues to be a serious problem among teenagers and adolescents throughout the country. It’s also an eating disorder that presents its own unique hurdles in treatment. That’s why many are encouraged by the results of a new study indicating that teens have a higher chance of recovery when parents participate in the treatment […]

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Could Marijuana Help Our Veterans with PTSD?

Could the next big use of legal marijuana be the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among our military veterans? PTSD is a condition that plagues one in three former service members; it’s also a condition that’s notoriously difficult to treat. The Lasting Effects of War Experts say up to 20 percent of the veterans […]

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Children with Military Parents at Higher Risk of Addiction

Eddie spent most of his upbringing without a father. He had one who wanted to be in his life, but was sent to fight overseas with the U.S. Army on three separate occasions. When his father returned from his last tour when he was 15, the PTSD he suffered from what he witnessed in combat […]

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What You Need to Know About Video Game Addiction

Video game addiction is very real. Tony is about to level up. He just needs ten more experience points. He has finished none of his homework, and turned down offers to hang out with friends tonight. He was very upset when his mom made him stop playing to have dinner. He would rather stay in […]

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Are Bodybuilding Supplements Fueling Eating Disorders in Men?

Guys who work out all the time may seem like the epitome of health, but a rigorous gym routine could be putting men at risk for an eating disorder. A new study finds that many gym goers are abusing bodybuilding supplements in order to achieve a physical ideal, and it could be harming their health. […]

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Linking Picky Eating Habits, Depression and Anxiety

Marco pushes most of his dinner around his plate with a fork, eating his pasta but leaving everything else untouched. For a three-year-old, this is considered fairly typical behavior. Most children who are picky eaters are expected to grow out of it by adolescence. When those who don’t grow out of their picky eating habits, […]

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Facebook Addiction Linked To Depression

We all know someone who is a chronic Facebook user. Perhaps you might even compulsively check status updates for “likes,” spend hours seeing what your friends are doing on the site or “Facebook stalk” an ex-lover. However, did you know that this compulsive behavior could also be a sign of depression? Social Media and Depression […]

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Mental Health Awareness: Teens and Dual Diagnosis

Most of us know a teenager who suffers from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Perhaps you’ve even dealt with one of these mental health disorders at some point. However, the dangers that teens face with mental health disorders are heightened, as they are far more susceptible to developing a drug or alcohol problem. Chemical Dependency […]

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Transgender Youth at Highest Risk for Eating Disorders

The mental struggles that transgender individuals face are unfathomable to most. Feeling that you were born in the wrong body creates an enormous amount of stress, but one new study has uncovered how this can transform into a high-risk eating disorder. The Link to Eating Disorders Findings released by the University of Washington – St. […]

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Teenagers and Sleeping Pills are a Bad Combo

We already know that a good night’s rest is essential for growing children and teenagers. And despite having that knowledge, there’s no denying that kids these days are getting less sleep than ever before. National polls have shown that 27 percent of school-age children and 45 percent of adolescents don’t sleep enough. Some of this is due […]

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7 Things You Probably Don't Know About Anorexia

More people than ever before are struggling with eating disorders. In fact, in the U.S., up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder. Despite the widespread epidemic, only 10 percent of those struggling with an eating disorder ultimately seek treatment for it. The Truth About Anorexia Anorexia nervosa […]

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Addicted Kids: Parents Feel Lost in Shame and Stigma

Although progress is made everyday in the field of drug addiction, addiction-related stigmas are still prevalent in our society. Even in the face of scientific evidence, some still feel addiction is merely a character flaw, a moral failing and a reflection of the household. Twisted and Tangled Feelings Unfortunately, many parents of addicts internalize these […]

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Are You One of America’s 20 Million Shopping Addicts?

We all probably know someone who splurges on a new pair of jeans or a shiny new watch when they’re feeling down. After all, retail therapy is nothing new. You may have even done it yourself at some point. But a new study sheds some light on the problem, suggesting that about 20 million Americans […]

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Flakka: The Designer Drug Putting Bath Salts to Shame

Remember the bath salt craze that swept the nation a few years ago? Well, many drug users across the country are now partying like it’s 2012 all over again, thanks to a potentially fatal and highly dangerous designer drug called Flakka. Knowledge is Power Just like bath salts, Flakka is made from the chemical Alpha-PVP, […]

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Drinkers with Insomnia Run a High Risk of Suicide

A good night of sleep typically leaves you feeling refreshed the next day, while a lack of sleep can make you feel like a walking zombie. But a new study reveals we have a lot more to worry about when alcohol is factored into the equation. Evaluating Alcohol, Insomnia and Suicide We need a certain […]

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Internet Addiction is More Common Than You'd Think

Internet addiction is commonly associated with teenagers who spend days at a time playing video games, but it’s not as much of a niche issue as you would think. A new study, published in the latest issue Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, found that a shocking 6 percent of the world’s population now suffers from Internet addiction. Addicted […]

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Teens and Brain Injuries: A Higher Risk for Drug Abuse

More than 12 million Americans use crystal meth on a daily basis, but a new study has found that teenagers who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more susceptible to using the drug. Linking Brain Injuries and Meth Use The results of this groundbreaking research project have been published in the latest issue of […]

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Holiday Break: Time to Check-Up on Your College Student

It’s not just the Freshman 15 that’s common among college students: Substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety are all common issues that many young adults suffer through during their time on campus. Making Mental Health a Priority A 2011 survey from the American College Health Association found a substantial number of students suffer from behavorial health […]

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Use the Holiday Spirit to Break a Work Addiction

The holidays should ideally be a time of joy, giving, thankfulness and family, but many people are instead overcome by work-related stress, anxiety, exhaustion and irritability. The holiday season is a time when people feel pushed into working like crazy – hoping to make enough money to buy gifts and meet end-of-year deadlines. Before you […]

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Approval Addiction: You Just Can't Please Everyone

Our human need for bonding sometimes goes a little haywire. This is especially true when you continually look to others for approval, even to the point of becoming addicted to what other people think of you. Known as approval addiction, this behavioral health condidtion is defined as an intense desire to win the approval of […]

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Are Some Young Women at Higher Risk for Purging?

Adolescent girls in middle school and high school who have low self-esteem, depression, a perception of being overweight (even if that’s not the case), and a host of other risk factors are susceptible to the eating disorder called purging. Researchers at Wesleyan University recently examined data of 5,670 young girls in grades 7 through 12 […]

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Warning: Eating Fast Food Can Threaten Your Sobriety

Most people have jokingly said that a particular fast food item is “like crack,” but a new publication suggests these seemingly innocent food items can be as addictive as heroin and cocaine…thanks to the ingredients put in them. The Supersize Trend The website One Green Planet cites five ingredients routinely found in fast food fare […]

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The Nation's Skinniest City Has a Dark Side

Boulder, Colorado is one of the most beautiful and tranquil spots in the U.S. The beautiful Rocky Mountains and the high altitude magically draw in the physically fit and the outdoor enthusiasts. Boulder is a city centered on health and healthy living. It’s earned the title of “skinniest” city in the country and, while that […]

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PTSD and Food Addiction in Women: What's the Link?

A new study published in the most recent issue of JAMA Psychiatry reveals a concerning link among women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a heightened food addiction. The research team, led by the University of Minnesota’s Susan M. Mason, Ph.D., evaluated data from an earlier study known as the Nurses’ Health Study II. This […]

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Starving and Binge Drinking: A Dangerous New Disorder?

More and more college students are struggling with a disorder that has been unofficially coined “drunkorexia.” Though it has yet to be recognized as a diagnosable medical condition, drunkorexia is a very real and extremely dangerous disorder. The term itself represents the harmful combination of disordered eating and heavy alcohol consumption. A 2013 study published […]

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New Mobile Game Takes on Teenage Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), an estimated 20 million teenagers across the nation are unhappy with the way their bodies look. That number has prompted a huge surge of eating disorders among high school students and young adults, especially girls. In an effort to meet these at-risk females on their own turf, […]

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Should Parents Be Involved in Treatment of Teen Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that causes an unhealthy loss of weight. Onset of the disorder most often coincides with the onset of puberty, putting teenagers at the highest risk of developing anorexia. In fact, statistics reveal anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. Driven by an intense fear of […]

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Are Some People Wired to Want More Sex?

Researchers from UCLA have found a link between the amount of sexual partners someone has and how much they like to have sex. Their findings were published in the scientific journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. According to the study, some people are driven to seek out more sex and related activities. But does […]

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How Does Treatment Work for Sex Addiction?

There remains a wide spectrum of beliefs, diagnoses, models and theories regarding the topic of sexual addiction. Psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists and even clinical sexologists have struggled to develop a universal definition for those who struggle with unusually compulsive sexual behavior; some even maintain that sexual addiction isn’t a real addiction. This has made identification and […]

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