Being a teenager can be tough. Being a teenager with mental illness can be even harder. Making it tougher yet, many teens with mental illness also wind up abusing substances like alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. According to several new reports, around one-tenth of teens with mental illness also struggle with habitual use of those substances.
Millennials, or Generation Y (also called the Net Generation, Trophy Generation, Echo Boomers, or even “GenMe”), refer to the generation of individuals born in the latter 1970s or early 1980s through the early 2000s. Plenty has been examined about the Millennials, and much has yet to be understood. In their lifetime, this generation of people has witnessed the fall of the Soviet Union and of the Berlin Wall; the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle; the Gulf War; the tragedy of 9/11; and the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dementia is a term doctors use to describe a decline in mental/intellectual capacity that significantly impairs a person’s ability to participate in everyday events and routines. By itself, the term does not define a specific medical condition; instead, it refers to the symptoms that indicate a loss of mental capacity. Over time, excessive alcohol intake makes changes in the brain that lay the groundwork for the eventual appearance of dementia symptoms. As a result, alcoholics can develop a disorder called alcohol-induced persisting dementia. Lack of proper nutrition in an alcoholic can also lead to the onset of another condition, called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which also produces dementia symptoms.
Young adults who entered college this past fall were confronted with a host of new stresses the minute they unpacked their suitcases on campus. Without an ever-present family support system, these stresses may feel overwhelming to young adults stepping outside into the broader world for the first time. In fact, entering college can be a trigger for the onset of an eating disorder for some.
A lack of good sleep is a significant health problem. It negatively affects the immune system, challenges cognitive functions and can make a person experience problems with mood swings. While adequate sleep, along with exercise and good nutrition, are the cornerstones of health, many find it easy to shrug off sleep in favor of more pressing responsibilities.
The United States suicide rate is escalating and is especially high among young Americans and military personnel. Health officials currently are organizing a program to spearhead the problem. They are relying on Facebook and several private organizations, according to a recent health article.
Eating disorders are generally believed to be a female mental health issue. While the majority of documented eating disorder cases are diagnosed in females, the numbers may not accurately reflect the number of males who struggle with eating disorders. Males are generally more reluctant to seek help for an eating disorder, which is still perceived to be a problem affecting white teenage girls who want to be thin.
There are many transitions that occur as children enter the adolescent years. The change to middle school often correlates with added academic responsibility and more independence at home. These changes in addition to physical transitions can set the stage for new habits at home and at school.
Let’s face it – most college kids think they have finally flown the nest and they are ready to test their wings of independence. But a new survey from researchers at Princeton University seems to indicate that dear old mom and dad (and even their siblings) may be influencing the, even after they’ve settled into the dorm. According to the survey and its implications, their interests are not as self-determined as they thought and their family may actually be genetically predetermining which college major they choose.
Sleep is important for both our physical and mental health. A recent study featured in a Science Daily release found that younger adults who sleep fewer than eight hours at night have higher risks of psychological distress, often a combination of high levels of depressive and anxious symptoms.