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Article: As ADD Kids Grow Up, Many Reject Medication
As the original Ritalin generation enters adulthood, many childhood sufferers of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are choosing to wean themselves off the medications of their youth. Around 90 percent of c...
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New Tool For Monitoring Effectiveness Of Teen Counseling
Vanderbilt University reports its Peabody College of Education and Human Development has developed a new tool that will enable mental health practicioners to better assess the affectiveness of their services on adolescent patients. The Peabody Treatment Pr...
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Girl Talk Leads To Anxiety And Depression
It seems the normally calming effect of expressing your troubles may not kick in if you're a teenage girl who spends a lot of time discussing them. University of Missouri associate professor of psychological sciences Amanda Rose reports that 'co-rumination...
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Big Girls Don't...Go To College?
Obese girls are half as likely to attend college as their thinner peers, shows a new study appearing in Sociology of Education. They are also more likely to consider killing themselves and to try drugs or alcohol. Analyzing data on almost 11,000 adolescent...
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Night Owl Pre-Teens Prone To Bad Behavior
With summer vacation in full swing, many kids are enjoying late nights filled with sleepovers, video game competitions and all-night reading sessions. Parents, however, may want to watch those bedtimes: Experts studying the correlation between sleep and beh...
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Low Serotonin, Fights with Mom a Deadly Combo for Girls
Sixty-four percent of teen girls who engage in self-harm share two factors in common: low levels of serotonin, a chemical associated with mood quality, and conflicts with their mothers. This finding comes as a result of a study by University of Washington ...
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One in Five Teens Smokes
A new survey of teenagers by German researchers show that one in five teens and preteens smokes cigarettes. The study examined more than 7000 adolescents and their parents. Results showed that 20.5 percent of boys and 20.3 percent of girls smoked.
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Study Shows Virginity Pledges Prevent Precautions, Not Premarital Sex
A study has found that "virginity pledges," vows to abstain from sex until marriage, have no effect on whether teenagers have sex, but do decrease the use of precautions against pregnancy and STDs.
Most Children On Antidepressants Not Receiving Therapy
A large-scale study on children and teens on antidepressants shows that at least half do not receive therapy in conjunction with medication. The study used data from a database of 6.8 million youth with insurance claims for antidepressants. Data showed that only about 40 percent also received a referral for at least one therapy session.
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Youth Suicides High For Second Year
After a decade of decline, youth suicides soared by 18 percent between 2003 and 2004. New figures from 2005, the most recent year available, show that teen suicide rates dropped slightly but remained significantly higher than expected, suggesting the spike is not an anomaly.
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Can Summer Jobs Prevent Teen Suicide?
Holding a summer job has surprising benefits for teens at risk of suicide.
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When Staying Together For The Kids Is A Bad Idea
Growing up in a two-parent household carries many benefits for children--except when parents frequently argue.
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Does Facebook Put Teens at Risk for Depression?
The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions parents about social media dangers.
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Teens May Experience Big Changes In IQ
Study shows teen IQs can jump -- for better or worse.
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