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).
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.
U.S. Journal Training
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