Teen Puberty: What to Expect

"Teen puberty is one of the most significant rites of passage in a person’s life. It marks the transition from childhood to young adulthood. And it’s a time of change, upheaval, and discovery. Teen puberty drives both mental and physical development in adolescence. Therefore, along with changes in their bodies, teens experience lots of emotional ups and downs while going through puberty. That’s normal, although it’s not always easy for teenagers or their parents. But understanding the puberty stages can help. In addition, knowing how to recognize the difference between teen puberty signs and depression is key. When Does Puberty Start? The answer is a little different for everyone. Moreover,

Opioid Epidemic Response: Employer Toolkit

Substance use and substance use disorder affects employees, workplaces, families, and communities. It impacts workplace safety, health care costs, productivity, absenteeism, and job performance. Not only are individual employees affected by substance use disorder, any employee may have a partner, child, or family member that is struggling with a substance use disorder. Employers have the opportunity to identify early signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder, and help connect employees to treatment and recovery supports. When employers respond to the opioid epidemic, it benefits the employee and the people that surround them. It is good for employees and good for business! This

Looking for ‘Likes’: Teens and Social Media Addiction

"Teens’ relationship to social media addiction is a big topic today. Teenagers are among the biggest consumers of social media—but is it consuming them? Scientists are discovering an increasing number of troubling links between social networking and mental health challenges. These range from distress to teen depression. Furthermore, research is also zeroing in on the effects of social media addiction on the teenage brain. First of all, let’s take a look at the numbers. The Stats on Teen Social Media Addiction 92% of teens go online daily, and 24% say they go online “almost constantly.” 76% of teens use social media (81% of older teens, 68% of teens ages 13 and 14). 71% of teens use Facebook,

Teens and Tech: The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time

"Research shows that tech screen time and technology dependence is bad for our kids. The overuse of technology can lead to long-term addictions, hence, tech dependence can ultimately damage the mind and body just like alcohol, cocaine, or heroin. This is bad news in a nation where teens consume an average of nine hours of media a day and 50 percent of teens feel they are addicted to their smartphones. Technology Dependence and Its Effects on the Nervous System We’ve known for 20 years that screen time increases dopamine levels. According to a 1998 study, M. J. Koepp showed that video gaming upped dopamine in the body as much as sex does, about 100 percent. More recently, researchers find tha

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