Teen Mental Health: Mood Disorders, Alcohol, and Suicide

Teen Mental Health HelpNew research offers further insight into the mental health of teenagers, and researchers are discovering that early intervention is critical during adolescence.

Scientists at King’s College London sought to determine how well alcohol therapy worked on teenagers. Instead of yet another D.A.R.E.-like program where messages about the dangers of alcohol are the same for every student, researchers took a more mental health-based approach to this intervention.

They tailored the treatment to each student’s personality, specifically four personality traits that are also risk factors for alcohol use: anxiety sensitivity, hopelessness, impulsivity, and sensation seeking.

Students displaying one or all of these traits were classified as either at high or low risk for future alcohol dependence. A total of 2,548 10th graders in 21 schools in London were evaluated and their drinking habits were then monitored for two years. Of those students, 709 were classified as high-risk and invited to attend two workshops that focused on cognitive-behavioral strategies for coping with their particular personality traits.

Full story of teen mental health at HealthLine

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Teens With ADHD May Struggle at Work

Teens with ADHD Struggle at WorkAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can cause problems for kids in school. And the effects of ADHD on teens may be long lasting.

A recent study tracked teens with and without ADHD into adulthood. The researchers found that they were about two times more likely than people without ADHD to have mental or physical health problems.

They were also two and half times more likely to have problems at work, and more than three times more likely to have a high level of stress about money.

The authors suggested that early treatment of ADHD may help teens transition into adulthood with less struggle.

The researchers, led by Judith S. Brook, EdD, at the New York University School of Medicine, interviewed 551 kids when they were 14 and 16 years old. Then, the participants were interviewed five more times until they were about 37 years old.

Full story of adhd and work at Daily Rx

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Teen binge drinking: Are the culprits pressure and parents?

Teen Binge DrinkingWhen it comes to parenting teens, there tend to be three schools of thought:

The first: This generation of teenagers is worse than ever.

The second: This generation is just as bad as previous rebellious kids.

And the third, also known as the only one that matters: This is my kid and I am terrified.

Those with the latter perspective will not be soothed by this month’s Bethesda Magazine cover story on the out-of-control behavior of area teens.

In “Wasted Youth,” Gabriele McCormick, a freelance writer and an acquaintance, describes an atmosphere that has become ever more accepting, even encouraging of, binge drinking and reckless, dangerous antics. (The issue is on newsstands but will not be available online until later this month.)

Full story of teen drinking at The Washington Post

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Bullied 14-Year-Old Girl Gets Plastic Surgery to Fix Ears, Nose, Chin

Bullied Girl Gets Plastic SurgeryAt first glance, 14-year-old Nadia Iles exudes an air of confidence that many other girls her age lack. That confidence is hard won.

Teased about her big ears since she was 7 years old, Nadia found school a nightmare. Her classmates tormented her, and she couldn’t bear to look at herself in the mirror.

“I felt horrible. I felt like I was like dirt,” she said, in an interview with “Good Morning America.” “They said that I have the biggest ears that they’ve ever seen. They called me ‘Dumbo,’ ‘elephant ears.’”

The teasing and bullying escalated, and Nadia, of Cummings, Ga., started to believe the negativity.

“I kind of got into this shell and I actually skipped school a lot,” she said. “I made excuses. I would say my stomach hurt, say that I was sick even though I wasn’t.”

Full story of bullied girl at ABC News

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