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What is a Substance-Induced Disorder? 

There is a clear connection between substance abuse and mental health. Substance use and mental health disorders affect very similar areas of the brain, disrupting our ways of thinking and behaving. They cause altered mental states that are difficult for a person to control, and these disorders often co-occur. It’s reported that more than 17 million adults […]

How to Tell if Your Teenager is High on Drugs 

We’ve seen it in the movies, on TV shows, and social media. Many of us have witnessed it in real life – the obvious, epitomized illustration of someone being “high” on drugs: Red eyes, slurred speech, poor coordination, changes in appetite. However, while it’s true there are some tell-tale signs of being high, there is […]

How Does Mental Health Affect Teens? What Parents Should Know 

Mental health issues are becoming an increasingly common topic of concern. Amidst and now after the COVID-19 pandemic, teenagers deal with new and persistent feelings of stress, fear, worry, grief, and uncertainty about what lies ahead. Many children, teenagers, and young adults do not know how to cope. Therefore, checking in with your teenager is […]

7 Celebrity Mental Health Advocates that Increasing Awareness  

Mental illness can happen to anyone, no matter their age, background, or socioeconomic status. Millions of people – an estimated 20 percent of U.S. adults, and 17 percent of youth – are diagnosed with a mental illness each year. Even more are struggling with mental health issues, but afraid to ask for help.  Mental illness […]

Why is Mental Health Important? 

Mental health plays a vital role in our overall well-being. It is just as important as our physical health and, as a result, heavily influences our quality of life. Those who are struggling with their mental health are more likely to experience relationship challenges, physical health issues, and disruptions in their long-term goals. For this […]

The Top Risk Factors for Mental Illness in Youth

Mental illness can affect anyone, of any age or upbringing—including adolescents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), close to 50 percent of adolescents has had, or will experience, a mental health disorder during their lifetime.  Of course, some adolescents are at greater risk of developing a mental illness than others. Certain influences, […]

The Top Protective Factors for Mental Health in Adolescence

As parents, we want to protect our children from harm. We want to keep them safe. This means protecting their physical well-being as well as their emotional and mental health.  While physical health is something that’s more easily seen and understood, some parents question whether they are doing enough to safeguard their children’s mental health. […]

The Top Causes of Depression and Anxiety in Teens 

Anyone can develop a mental health disorder like depression and anxiety. Most often, these disorders arise during the teenage years—between 14 and 18 years old. As a parent, you may be wondering what puts a teen at higher risk of developing mental disorders like depression and anxiety. What are the main causes of anxiety and […]

How to Help a Teenager with an Eating Disorder 

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that cause severe disruptions in a person’s eating habits. Teenagers who are obsessed with their body weight, shape, and food more generally may be struggling with disordered eating. This is not uncommon—especially today.   Historical studies show that one in five women, and one in seven men, will experience […]

How to Know If You Have a Mental Illness 

Over 50 million people in the United States need mental health treatment, but less than half receive the services they deserve. There are several reasons for this. Many are scared to seek help, are afraid that treatment will not help, or simply do not know if they need treatment at all. Some people question whether […]