People use social media to make plans, reconnect after a long separation, raise awareness and share thoughts on breaking news. Now it’s being mined for insight into how illnesses spread and how social media use may predict mental health symptoms.
Spring break is coming soon, and along with it the reports of bad behavior among unrestrained college kids. Unfortunately, spring break plus kids plus alcohol often equals far more than harmless misbehavior.
Bullying is the accepted term for a range of physical, verbal and social behaviors that single out others as targets for acts of domination, humiliation, intimidation or isolation. While most people probably associate these behaviors with childhood, they also occur among adults of all ages.
The organizing body of American college athletics is considering changes to its existing drug penalties. In most instances, college athletes who test positive for drugs are given a one year suspension. The suggested new ruling would force athletes who test positive for marijuana to sit out for half of that time. Meanwhile, overall drug testing is up, including random tests without reasonable suspicion.
Personalized feedback intervention is an educational technique that uses a person’s own responses to improve understanding of the health risks involved with certain dangerous behaviors. Public health officials and doctors have begun using various forms of this technique to educate substance users about the risks involved with substance abuse.
Alcohol consumption is often linked to inciting aggressive or violent behavior. Two studies show that young men and women who drink heavily are more likely to harm their romantic partner. Marijuana, meanwhile, was shown to be unrelated to physical violence.
Heavy drinking in college can lead to impulsive behaviors like getting into a car with a drunk driver who causes a horrific accident, or a heated exchange leading to injury. These types of traumatic situations are the seeds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can occur when a person is involved with or witnesses a tragic event. The symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, insomnia, anxiety and depression. A new study finds that heavy drinking in college by those with PTSD can worsen the symptoms.
There are many things parents do for their teenagers to help them prepare for adulthood, such as setting rules for grades, curfews and getting a job. But sad as it seems, it’s important to educate children about the dangers of addictions, too. And not only that, it’s just as important for parents to educate themselves about the symptoms of addiction so they can better recognize them and get their child help.
Adolescents may be worried about how many likes they have on their Facebook page. They may feel uneasy if they can’t use their mobile device. What they don’t think is a problem is daily pot smoking.
Many parents fear their children will let their curiosity about alcohol and drugs grow into a full-blown habit that wrecks their lives. Children who are between 10 and 12 are most often at a stage in their lives where they don’t really have an opinion about drugs, alcohol or even cigarettes. Mental health experts believe this is the most important time to shape their opinions about substance abuse.