Teens Should be Screened Annually for Depression, Study Finds

Taking a teen to their routine check up usually doesn’t involve a screening for mental health issues like depression. With a growing number of teens experiencing mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, as well as a growing number of teens turning to drug and alcohol abuse, primary care physicians are being seen as a…

What Do Most Teenagers Think About Heroin?

Parents might anticipate one day coming across a bag of marijuana in their adolescent or teenager’s sock drawer. Normalized as less harmful, the discovery of marijuana warrants a conversation about substance use, experimentation, and new rules. Marijuana addiction is a real problem that adolescents and teens can face. Heroin addiction is also a real problem…

What is Causing Adolescents’ Early Death?

The World Health Organization, WHO, recently released a report outlining the leading causes of death to adolescent’s worldwide. On average, more than one million adolescents die every single year. Adolescence, according to this study by WHO, is quantified between the ages of 10-19 years old. 3,000 deaths per day of young people between those innocent…

Depression Can Start As Young As 11, Study Finds

Depression is more than a passing phase of teenage angst- a point which cannot be emphasized enough. Hormones, mood, social changes, and an emerging identity can all be contributing factors to a demonstrative change in personality and demeanor. Chemical imbalance, poor coping skills, or even a presence of hidden substance abuse problems can also contribute…

Do 12-Step Programs Help Kids In Treatment For Addiction?

Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and associated twelve step program fellowships are primarily for adults. Attend a designated “young people’s” meeting and you’ll find middle to late aged teenagers, those in their early twenties, and still find a littering of grown up adults. Family members of adolescents and teens who are struggling with drug and alcohol…