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Obsessive compulsive disorder sounds like such a scary mental condition. Teens have it tough enough, with their drastically changing bodies and emotions. But obsessive compulsive disorder in teens is a lot more common than you’d think. Since symptoms emerge in childhood and throughout adolescence, its...

There’s a new menace sweeping the nation, affecting teens and adults alike. Prescription drug abuse in teens is a growing threat to the health and wellbeing of young people around the country. Unlike other substances, prescription drugs are easily attainable and are prescribed for common...

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a very common mental illness characterized by ongoing and persistent feeling of sadness and hopelessness that typically occurs for six months or more. Though all the causes for major depressive disorder are unknown, research has uncovered that genetics most likely play...

[caption id="attachment_3810" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo Source: Flickr User - Tjook[/caption] When people hear the acronym “PTSD,” they usually think about a war veteran; however, veterans aren’t the only ones who suffer from PTSD. Thousands of teenagers deal with the effects of PTSD every day. NPR reported on the National...

Across the nation unsuspecting suburban communities are being ravaged by something no one thought could infiltrate small town America: heroin addiction. Years ago, heroine junkies were the “others;" people you’d only heard of living in big cities and shivering in dark alleyways. Now, heroin addiction...

Low teen self-esteem can be difficult to deal with sometimes. It can be hard to figure out exactly what’s wrong or how to help your child develop a healthy teen self-esteem. It’s extremely important to know how to improve your child’s self-esteem because it can...

Bipolar disorder is a mental condition characterized by unusual and intense shifts in mood, energy, thinking and [caption id="attachment_3778" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Source: Flickr user- Petras Gagilas[/caption] behavior that impact an individual’s ability to carry out daily tasks and maintain relationships. Typically, these shifts can be categorized...

Losing your teen to suicide is the scariest, most painful experience a parent can have. Therefore, knowing when your teen is having suicidal thoughts and how to help them if they are, is crucial to your teen’s well being. Suicide is the third leading cause...

[caption id="attachment_3875" align="alignright" width="571"] Photo Source: Flickr User- Nadja Tatar[/caption] Did you know that alcohol, marijuana and tobacco are the most used drugs among teens today? They are also the leading causes of teen crimes. Because the adolescent brain is constantly developing, substances that disrupt this...