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Bullying Prevention: Birmingham Maple Clinic on Fox 2 News

According to new research from the University of Texas, Arlington and co-authored by a Michigan State University doctoral student, anti-bullying programs that are now commonplace in schools may be having the opposite of their intended effect. The findings, published in a study published today in the Journal of Criminology, found surprisingly that students at schools … Read more

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens on the Rise

A national study has found that teens are misusing and abusing prescriptions drugs at a growing rate – 33% higher since 2008.  The study, released by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription medication at least once in their lifetime.  Specifically, the study … Read more

Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from Hurricane Sandy

ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2012) — After Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters have receded and homes demolished by the storm repaired, the unseen aftershocks of the storm may linger for many children who were in the storm’s path, particularly those whose families suffered significant losses. “The lasting emotional impact of a storm like this can be more … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

University of Cincinnati Research Finds Teen Boys More Likely Than Girls to Abuse OTC Drugs

According to the University of Cincinnati, there is some new data on teen drug use that may have parents thinking twice about what they keep in the medicine cabinet at home.  The study suggests that as public crackdowns on underage alcohol and tobacco sales have increased throughout the US, teens are turning to OTC drugs … Read more

Can Parents be Held Responsible for a Child’s Suicide?

An Associated Press story recently detailed the case of an Indiana woman who has been accused of causing her 16 year old son’s suicide.  The teen, who died after overdosing on prescription medication, reportedly lived in constant fear of his mother and her battle with drug addiction.  According to relatives, previous threats he had made … Read more

Diagnosing & Treating Uncontrollable Anger in Teens

According to a recent study of 10,148 US adolescents published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, almost two-thirds have a history of anger attacks, and researchers suspect that close to six million adolescents in theUSalso meet the criteria for a diagnosis of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED).  IED consists of persistent, uncontrollable attacks of anger that … Read more

Overuse of Technology Linked to Changes in Teens Mental Health

Swedish researchers have found that young people who are heavy users of cell phones and computers are at a much higher risk of sleeping problems, stress disorders and other mental health issues.  The study was conducted by the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg and included a sample size of 4,100 individuals between 20-24 … Read more

Northwestern Study Develops Blood Test to Diagnose Depressed Teens

The Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago has developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in teens, giving researchers hope for improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of the potentially devastating mental illness.  According to a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead investigator of the … Read more

Losing Weight Not the Key to Happiness for Overweight Teens

Psych Central, reporting on a study from Purdue University on teenage girls and weight loss, noted surprising findings  – among both Caucasian and African American teenage girls who had recently lost a significant portion of their body mass, many still continued to see themselves as being overweight.  As reported by the site, the study, which … Read more