Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations from around the world in a week-long celebration of the brain every March. BAW began in 1996 was founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) and […]

Let’s get real – eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. This National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness), Center for Living is helping change the conversation around food, body image, and eating disorders! But because of stigma and old stereotypes, many people don’t get the support they deserve.

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use in Adolescents

According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, one in three people aged between 13 and 18 have an anxiety disorder.1 There are ways that parents can help their teenagers with their anxiety problems. Recognizing Anxiety in Teenagers  Anxiety is a normal sensation that everybody experiences from time to time. It is a reaction […]

Social Media Addiction

With the increasing popularity of social media, teens can unfortunately become addicted to social networking websites. Teens who use social media excessively are at the highest risk of becoming addicted to it. According to a 2016 study in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, 4.1 percent of boys and 3.6 percent of girls who are […]

Depression can strike at any time, even among parents. According to data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, five percent of parents in two-parent households and 11 percent of single parents experience at least two symptoms of depression.1 Parents of teenagers can be especially prone to depression. Depression among Parents of Teenagers The teenage […]

Mental Health Treatment Options

This article is part of a series. For the fully designed ebook, click here. Unfortunately, fewer than half of adolescents who have a mental illness receive any kind of treatment. But mental illnesses are highly treatable through medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. Treatment can help your child recover from or manage their […]

Adolescent Mental Health Treatment and Risk Factors

This article is part of a series. For the fully designed ebook, click here. Risk Factors and Protective Factors for Adolescent Mental Illness Some adolescents have a higher risk than others for developing a mental illness, including a substance use disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, risk factors include genetic, […]

Common Mental Illnesses Among Adolescents Definitions and Effects

This article is part of a series. For the fully designed ebook, click here. One in five adolescents has a history of serious mental illness, according to the Office of Adolescent Health1. The most common mental health conditions among adolescents are anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders and substance use disorders. Anxiety Disorders Around 32 percent […]

Is Vaping Marijuana Safe?

Smoking marijuana, either recreationally or for medicinal purposes, poses health risks to the respiratory system that can be similar to smoking tobacco. Some people believe that alternatively using a marijuana vaporizer for inhalation reduces these risks and makes inhaling the drug safer. The truth is that vaping marijuana also poses serious risks to your health. […]


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