More than 70 percent of teens who attempt or commit suicide do so in a state of crisis, responding to some acute conflict with peers, parents, or other authorities.
Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are far less likely to abuse drugs or drink, compared with children who grow up without much sense of self-worth.
Laughter can do more than just put you in a good mood. It may buffer you against depression, reduce your stress, and improve your quality of life.
Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-plus drinks in a row.
Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.
When people consider the cost of smoking, they usually focus on the cost of the cigarettes alone. But that's only the first step.
Methamphetamine is related to the legal stimulant amphetamine, but has stronger effects.
When tragedy strikes with the death of a loved one, a serious illness or a job loss, some people fall apart, while others adapt to such life-changing events more easily. Being resilient is what makes the difference.
If the truth be told, most of us lie to some degree, especially when faced with an alternative like hurting someone's feelings. Some of us, however, lie so often that we stop realizing it.
Talk therapy helps people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchanges with the therapist.
Over the long term, your quality of life is tied to how severe your heart attack was and how it was treated. Beyond that, any change will depend largely on you.
The extent of alcohol's effect on the central nervous system depends upon how much is in your blood and how much blood you have.
The disorder may develop when others make repeated negative comments about a person's weight.
Although the most common form of abuse is males abusing female partners, females can abuse male partners, and abuse also takes place in same-sex relationships.
Although it’s dangerous to take a prescription medication without a prescription, abusing such medications is the fastest growing type of drug abuse in the United States, outpacing marijuana abuse by a factor of two, according to some studies.
The medical community once thought depression affected only adults. The risk for the condition begins in the early teens, however, and increases steadily through the mid-20s.
When addicted, the drug user will do just about anything to obtain the drug.
Parents need to realize the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he or she is 25 years old or so.
Most people realize that cigarettes can cause lung cancer and heart disease. But many people erroneously believe that cigars aren't harmful.
Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.
Excessive drinking can cause potentially fatal conditions, not only high blood pressure, but also damage to the brain, heart or liver; diabetes and stroke.
The basics of wellness -- eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and practicing healthful habits -- can help you live a longer, healthier life. Adopting even one of the following components of good health and better self-care can improve your well-being. Embracing all of them will yield significant benefits.
Child abuse can happen in any family and in any neighborhood. Studies have shown that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith.
Until recently, heroin was not considered a problem among children of middle-class parents. But lately, it has been showing up in new places.
How you deal with money depends a lot on your upbringing and cultural influences, which may leave you unhappy with the way you handle it.
Learning about grief and how it affects your family can help you get through the difficult times together. It may even help your family grow stronger.
Being a caregiver for a spouse who has cancer may be the toughest job you’ll ever have. It may also be the most vital and the most rewarding. As the spouse, you become part of the cancer treatment team.
Don't argue about cost. Do talk with your children about money management and media messages.
If you feel depressed during fall and winter months, you may have a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).