It’s a common sight: Students vaping in the hallways between class. While it isn’t quite the same as smoking, it’s all too familiar to many adults: The pungent odor, the expensive paraphernalia, and the preoccupation that comes to define daily life.
Vaping was introduced for nicotine-addicted adults to help them curb intake of conventional cigarettes, often as part of smoking cessation. Vaping products could help...
Self-harm is a pattern of self-destructive behavior in which a person intentionally inflicts pain on his or her body without intending to commit suicide. Research shows self-harm is widespread among teens, with nearly 25% of teen girls engaging in some form of self-harm.
Prevalence among teen boys is even more difficult to determine, since boys face more pressure not to disclose behaviors that may seem “weak” or “stra...
Every year, more than 2 million youths under age 18 are arrested in the United States. However, even those who never had trouble with the law can still be classified as “troubled” or “at risk.”
These terms are closely related:
At risk teens are those deemed less likely to transition successfully into adulthood.
Troubled teens are those facing major behavioral, emotional, or mental health issues.
Wondering what life is like for today’s teens?
There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions on the topic.
Let’s look at some major social issues that shape teens’ lives today.
About 20% of teens experience depression, but only about 30% of those receive treatment. Teens are becoming aware of “adult” issues more quickly, from sexual activity to environmental devastation. Pressure to...
School is an important learning experience – not only for reading, writing, and arithmetic, but for the basic social skills young people carry into the rest of life.
Social skills are the skills that help each of us adapt to a social environment. They provide the ability to cooperate, coordinate, and “get along.”
Even before kids face down any high-stakes academic testing, peers “grade” them on...
Anyone can suffer from depression, from young children to senior citizens. Depression is a serious, long-lasting mood disorder that is marked by profound negative changes in mood, sleep disturbances, low energy, and loss of interest in enjoyable activities – among other symptoms.
Together, these can be very difficult to overcome, especially without help.
Luckily as doctors have explored the reason for depression, they’ve a...
With marijuana frequently in the news, there are many misconceptions about it. It’s important to understand marijuana is a powerful drug of addiction that does lasting harm to adolescents – in some ways, it’s even more devastating than it is for adults.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is the most common illicit drug around the world. A Schedule 1 controlled substance, it has widespread effects throughout the entire body...
Body image issues are common among teens, and they can arise as early as the preteen years. Both girls and boys are vulnerable to developing such issues, especially as they become aware of media depictions of “ideal” – and often highly sexualized – bodies.
Girls are exposed to glossy magazines and fashion shoots showing waifish models who always seem to have flawless skin and hair. At this tender time of life, i...
Trauma is a deeply disturbing experience with long-lasting psychological consequences.
Throughout life, many different types of events have the potential to be traumatic – especially for young people, who do not benefit from the mature frame of reference for their emotions that adults have the opportunity to develop.
Many types of trauma stem from a sense of personal vulnerability. In fact, some researchers have concluded it&rsq...