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What are Gateway Drugs?

The Gateway Drug Hypothesis The term “gateway drugs” is a common saying when talking about addiction. But what does it mean? The saying stemmed from the gateway hypothesis, which refers to a pattern of substance abuse early on in an individual’s life using legal substances like nicotine and alcohol, which then contributes to the progressive […]

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3 Ways Society Impacts Behaviors and Attitudes of Teenagers

Ever since your son/daughter was little, you’ve been doing your best to protect them from the dangers of the world and equip them for it. Unfortunately, the world is so much different than it was when you were a kid, and so many parents are asking the question, “How do I parent my teenager in […]

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Xanax and Teens: The Dangers of Drug Abuse

Anxiety among American teenagers is quickly and exponentially on the rise, and with it, a rise in anxiety medication abuse. Xanax has quickly become the #1 tranquilizer drug choice among teens in the U.S., and death rates from this category have increased by 500 percent since 2000. Xanax is easy to access, offers immediate results, […]

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What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (And How to Treat It)

During childhood, we experience strong emotions. Even for children who are typically well-behaved, their attitudes can sometimes change over time. This has to deal with their natural growth and environment. As we get older, we start to become self-dependent. Creating our self-identity can include acts of rebellion and risk-taking. However, some children may experience more […]

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Cutting and Self-Harm: Symptoms and Prevention

A 2014 study from the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) reports that nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is most commonly found among adolescents and young adults. Many teenagers begin self-harm at the ages of 13 or 14. Self-harm is in relation to hurting or injuring oneself through various means such as cutting, hitting, bruising, or breaking. […]