Adolescence is a time of life where young people are encountering many types of changes in their lives. Besides physical maturation, adolescents are also pushing the limits of independence and leaving elementary school for middle school, where increased expectations and responsibilities often results in new stress.
From being abused as a puppy by her original owners and being attacked by other dogs to surviving a handful of car accidents and two bouts of cancer, Chances, the lovable, often scarf-clad Boxer mix you’ve likely seen around Promises Treatment Centers, has been through a lot. But Patricia Meyers, Chances’ owner and Clinical Director…
A new study using rats suggests that adolescents who drink alcohol may have trouble with decision-making in adulthood. Researchers from the University of Washington found that drinking alcohol during adolescence can change the perception of risk but doesn’t affect how rewards are valued.
A new study by researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands examines why some adolescents binge drink frequently and whether there is a possible association with genetics. Although many adolescents drink alcohol, drinking large amounts of alcohol frequently (binge drinking) may indicate a deeper problem.
A relatively new phrase on the sex crime scene is sextortion, and more and more teens are on the victim list, say authorities. Sextortion starts when someone – typically a teen – sends out pictures from a cell phone or over the Internet of themselves partially clothed, called “sexting.” When blackmailers or pornographers find the…
While it can seem nearly as impossible as herding cats, keeping tabs on teens is a worthwhile parental responsibility. But it’s difficult at best to maintain a balance between being too lax and too intrusive. What it all boils down to is this: Can you monitor your teen’s behavior too much?
While there has long been an assumption that you are what you eat, a closer look at this “warning” can shine some light on how what we consume really can have a lasting impact.
The fact that opioid drugs have a potential for abuse should be on a prescribing physician’s radar when issuing prescriptions for medications. Unfortunately, too few primary care physicians pay the right amount of attention to patients who are taking this drug.
Senior citizens are easily the largest customer base for the pharmaceutical company as these individuals rely on critical medications to keep their health in check. While this reliance on medication can lead to other problems, what tends to avoid the spotlight is the fact that substance abuse among this age group is a growing problem.
When binge eaters complete treatment for an eating disorder and return to normal life, they often struggle with repeated relapses back into the disordered eating behavior. Training patients to control their responses to stimuli that induce binge eating is regularly included in treatment, helping patients recognize the triggers that precede their bingeing episodes.