Any useful analysis of adolescents and pornography must first start with facts. The first and most important fact to understand is that kids engage with and through technology as much if not more than they engage face-to-face with actual, in-the-flesh people.
Adolescence, by its very nature, is full of turmoil as we transition developmentally from childhood to adulthood. These are the hurricane years when the winds pull us in many directions, sometimes even unpredictably throwing us off-course, changing our lives quickly and in frightening ways.
American adolescents now face a staggering burden of mental illness. It is an epidemic without precedent. An estimated 32 percent of United States teens have already experienced at least one DSM-based anxiety disorder, and over 14 percent have suffered from a major mood disorder (Merikangas et al., 2010).
Alcohol and other drug use can negatively affect adolescents’ physical and mental health. It is associated with the major causes of mortality and morbidity in this age group, and can seriously disrupt healthy development (Clingempeel, Henggeler, Pickrel, Brondino, & Randall, 2005; Grella, Hser, Joshi, & Rounds-Bryant, 2001; Mertens, Flisher, Fleming, & Weisner, 2007; Sterling & Weisner, 2005; Subramaniam & Volkow, 2014; Wu, Gersing, Burchett, Woody, & Blazer, 2011).
The world seems to change at a faster and faster pace. For instance, how many of us keep up enough to say we are “tech savvy?” The world of addiction, treatment, and recovery is changing as well.
Substance abuse is something most therapists are familiar with and feel comfortable addressing with their clients. I have been giving the information in this article to hundreds of substance abuse therapists, and the common response is “I had no idea.”
Introspection can lead people to look at the pluses and minuses of life. It will cause people to look at things that have been done well and things that could have been done better. It can bring about growth through change. That is the spirit with which this is being written.
Dear Dr. Toni
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a wonderful (and often missed) opportunity to not only help your clients understand how alcohol affects them, but also to help them focus on the messages they’re sending their children.
The dictionary defines a mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide” (Merriam-Webster, 2018). We have all been influenced by mentors in our lives—positive role models who have taken a personal interest in us and both inspired and guided us to strive to reach our full potential.
My previous article reviewed data on trends in use, misuse, and addiction to prescription opioids, tranquilizers, sedatives and stimulants; signs of misuse and addiction; reasons for use, and effects of drug problems on individuals and families. This article discusses strategies to reduce prescription drug misuse and addiction, and help individuals and families.
While the use and abuse of opioids (prescribed and illicit) in this country is not new, the magnitude of the current opioid crisis still is very significant. Many people have tried to explain it and the one thing they share in common is their oversimplification. The motivation for the explanations are clear; a desire to bring order out of chaos.
New mothers in America are suffering from postpartum depression more than from any other pregnancy complication, but it is possible new fathers are also suffering.
Cathy Whaley, director of Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center and lead author on a recent study of American health care notes, “The nature and extent of mental illnesses in rural America is not well known or researched, but what we know for sure is that there is a shortage of mental health professionals in rural America” (M. Ransford, personal communication, April 25, 2018).
Erik Peper and Richard Harvey, San Francisco State University’s (SFSU’s) professor and associate professor of health education, respectively, investigate the ways smartphone addiction parallels other substance addiction.
A new study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland (UEF)—and corroborated by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in conjunction with German health insurance provider Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse—was the first to consider the relationship between antiepileptic drugs and risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia (UEF, 2018).
Katelyn Newman, staff writer for US News, recently wrote about the possible benefits and disadvantages of establishing safe injection sites to combat the opioid crisis. Newman explains that injection sites provide a sterile space for previously obtained drugs to be used under the supervision of medical professionals.
Opioid addiction is a major public safety concern, killing more people a day than gun violence. Adrianne Wilson-Poe, PhD, and faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine, urges policy makers to consider reclassifying cannabis because of its potential in reducing opioid overdose and withdrawal.
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