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The Reality of Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens

Prescription drug abuse in teens

The reality of prescription drug abuse in teens

Prescription (Rx) drug abuse has become one of the leading drug problems in the nation, especially among teens. In fact, Rx drugs are the most commonly abused substances by teens 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol. Although prescription drugs are made to provide relief from a variety of symptoms, they can have adverse effects when taken improperly. Nearly 1 in 4 teens (23%) report taking a prescription drug not prescribed to them by a doctor at least once in their lives.

 

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11 Most Common Addictions That You May Not Realize!

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The Most Common Addictions You Didn’t Realize Were Addictions

When speaking about addiction, drugs and alcohol usually accompanies the discussion. But, are drugs and alcohol the only substances that can be addicting? Are there other substances not categorized as drugs and alcohol that can be addicting? Also, can certain behaviors be addicting as well? Here is a top list of the most common addictions compiled from psychologists and addiction experts that reveals some answers to these questions, some of which may surprise you.

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The Different Types of Eating Disorders

The different types of eating disorders

Eating disorders are psychological disorders characteristic of emotional and behavioral issues centered around body weight and food concerns. There is not one type of person that is more likely to develop an eating disorder. These serious disorders can affect anyone, including males and females. However, eating disorders tend to develop around adolescence. As an individual ages, it becomes less likely that they will develop an eating disorder. In addition, eating disorders are often accompanied by other psychological disorders such as depression or anxiety. According to the DSM-5, there are 5 main categories that an eating disorder can fall into. A brief overview of each type of eating disorder is helpful for more in-depth understanding of warning signs and steps to recovery.

 

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The Psychology of Color - How they're used in marketing and how we perceive them!

the psychology of color and how we perceive color

The Psychology of Color!

In 2000, Glasgow, Scotland decided to place blue street lighting up and down their streets as a way to improve the scenery. Later, the city reported that crime decreased significantly in those places lit up in blue.

In 2005, police introduced blue street lighting to a prefecture in Nara, Japan. It was reported that there was a 9% decrease in crime in those blue-illuminated areas.

In Yokohama, Japan, Keihin Electric Express Railway Co. switched out their normal lights for blue lighting at a train station. Before the change, there was always a few suicides a year at that station, but since the implementation of the new lights, no suicides were done at that station.

So, obviously the answer to all our societal problems such as crime and suicide is blue lighting, right? Not quite. There are a number of other reasons as to why crime and suicide rates decreased in those areas, so let’s not jump to conclusions on that end.

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What To Do When Therapy Isn’t Working

where do you go if therapy isnt working

For most people with mental illnesses, therapy is often seen as the last resort. It is the thing people turn to when nothing else has worked, and this often makes therapy seem like the ultimate solution that will rid you of all your symptoms. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. There isn’t one type of therapy that is going to be effective for every person or every situation. For this reason, it is important to keep in mind that it might be necessary to try different types of therapies before you find the one that is the best fit for your personal goals. Although it might be difficult to realize that a particular form of therapy isn’t working, it can be helpful to realize what doesn’t benefit you so that you can seek out alternatives in the future. You can think of therapy as a form of medicine; there isn’t one pill that is going to help every single person with a particular disease. Similarly, there are many different forms of therapy that all have various advantages.

 

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What Does Male Depression Look Like?

what does male depression look like?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard the phrase “Be a man.” Well, what does “be a man” really entail? A lot of the times, men are told to be strong and be in control of their emotions. Feelings should not play a role in being a man, basically.

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Nature Vs. Nurture: Mental Health Issues And Addiction

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When it comes to mental health issues, science has never been able to come to a definitive conclusion regarding whether or not genes or outside factors have the most say in the outcome. Many studies have attempted to prove that mental illness is genetic, but just as one study shows that nature is responsible, another will crop up and disprove it. For instance, identical twins don’t necessarily share the genes that point to a mental health issue; one twin might present the genes while the other doesn’t.

 

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Am I Addicted to Sex?!

Am I addicted to sex?

What is Sex Addiction?
It is estimated that the prevalence of sexual addiction-related disorders occurs between 3% to 16.8% of the population. In the general adult population, it is estimated that 3%-6% suffer from sexual addiction with higher rates among specific niches of the population such as sexual offenders, HIV patients etc. Sexual addiction is also more likely to occur in men than women.

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Think of the last time you saw a “textbook case” of borderline personality disorder in a film or TV show. You’re maybe thinking of Girl, Interrupted (1999) or maybe even that one episode of Criminal Minds because how can they not have an episode depicting borderline personality disorder, right?
Well, you’d be correct. Girl, Interrupted had the main character diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in the film at the age of 18, and Criminal Minds had an episode where a spree killer is depicted as having borderline personality disorder.

 

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The Psychology of Sex: An Exploration on Why We Have Sex

The Psychology of Sex

In today’s society, sex has become prevalent in our daily lives. At the grocery store, you can find men and women’s magazines with slim, shapely, chic models depicted on the cover with headlines for articles about how to last longer in bed, how to improve your sex life, and a multitude of ways how to please that special man or woman in bed. On billboards and tv, there are ads for breast augmentation, plastic surgery, penis enlargement pills, and sex enhancement pills. Through our phones, we can connect with thousands of people instantly, dating or hooking up through social apps such as Tindr with the quick swipe of a finger. Through electronic media, we are exposed to sex scenes from watching a movie or tv show or online through a porn site. Sex is everywhere and we can’t get enough of it; it is the inescapable seductive force which pervades our life.

 

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Overcoming an Affair In a Relationship

overcoming an affair in a relationship

Overcoming the emotions experienced in an affair is an arduous process. We dedicate a huge portion of our time developing these intimate feelings with our significant other. He/She becomes a precious part of who we are. Not surprisingly, you’d feel a gaping hole if they are no longer a part of your life. While those who experience these feelings would love for the feeling of being cheated on to be over instantaneously, however, it is likely that the completion of the grieving process would be longer. 

 

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Addiction - A Disease or a Choice?

Is addiction a disease or a choice?

What is Addiction?
Every year in America, over 90,000 Americans die from illicit and prescription drugs as well as alcohol, and it costs America more than $700 billion a year.

Addiction has been the focus of a lot of research but also a lot of controversies because of its high consequences.

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Do I Have an Eating Disorder?

do i have an eating disorder

The ubiquitous nature of social media exposes many young teens and adults alike to look to unrealistic standards when it comes to the perception of an “ideal” body type. These standards are imposed everywhere around us- and can have detrimental effects to how we perceive health.

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Could I possibly be addicted to marijuana?

am I addicted to marijuana

Marijuana--an herb plant that goes by many names: weed, mary jane, pot, ganja, dope, cannabis, the list goes on--has been a controversial topic of debate for decades. Supporters and opponents for and against the state-level legalization of marijuana have made numerous conflicting claims. Advocates believe legalization reduces crime, raises tax revenue, lowers criminal justice expenditures, improves public health, bolsters traffic safety, and stimulates the economy. Critics argue that legalization spurs marijuana and other drug or alcohol use, increases crime, diminishes traffic safety, harms public health, and lowers teen educational achievement.

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Beating the Winter Blues: Sunlight is the Key to Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Dealing with a case of the winter blues? It’s difficult for some people to retain their energy levels and positive mood as the days grow shorter and the temperatures colder in the winter months. Mild cases are commonly referred to as the winter blues, while more severe cases may meet the criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression. Whether you have a mild case of the winter blues or have been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, there are several ways to address the root cause of SAD and alleviate your symptoms.

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What Dating Is Like For Millennials

Millennial Dating Trends

There are many statistics to point towards the notion that for millennials, dating and relationships (and eventually marriage) is something hard to grasp. According to a recent report, young people are marrying later and having sex less. In 1960, 72% of all adults aged eighteen and older were married; today just 51% are. The same effect is happening across most other advanced post-industrial societies. Is it because of the hardships of meeting people? Maintaining the relationship? It’s unknown why today’s young adults are abandoning marriage or merely delaying it. Join us as we explore millennial dating trends! 

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Religion vs Spirituality: What are the differences?!

Religion VS spirituality: what are the differences?

There has been a history of debate regarding the relationship between spirituality and religion. Do elements of spirituality reside in religion? What about the other way around? The number of questions can seem endless. For some, there is a sharp boundary between these two concepts. For others, this boundary is shared. There are also others that simply do not subscribe to any of these ideas.
However, in this article, I’d like to talk about some of the differences between what it means to be spiritual and religious. It is not to say that there aren’t any similarities between the two. As you may already know, the topic of religion and spirituality can be a sensitive idea for many to discuss. The contents of this article is served to promote discussion between those in the TherapyCable community.

 

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How To Start Dating In College

How to start Dating in College

There isn’t any cookie-cutter way to start dating in college, let alone anywhere. Much it depends on the timing, coincidence, and where you happen to be in life. Technically, a guideline for how to start dating should apply to any circumstance, but let’s talk college.

In college, you’re thrown out into the world and leaving your home of familiarity to be thrust into another bubble of youth, energy and ideas. You’ll be exposed to a lot of new people and personalities. It’s natural to look for partners in college; in fact many couples who end up married do meet in college. A Facebook Data Sciences study found that about 28% of married graduates attended the same colleges as their spouse. Also, 63% of women hope to meet their spouse in college. College is a great place to search for potential partners. With so much going on around you, where is a good place to look?

 

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5 Tips For How To Overcome Anxiety

5 Tips for how to overcome anxiety

Anxiety is an endless, tiring, and toxic mental cycle. It feels like you have absolutely no control over it. When it’s happening, it’s happening at the front of your mind. When you should be focusing on the task at hand, you’re obsessing about what happened last night, or something that might happen in a couple of days from now. Anxiety loosens your grip on the present moment.

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7 Fitness Myths and Tips!

Fitness myths and tips

People either believe that attaining fitness is a difficult or easy task, depending on the myths that they have been buying into. Many people seek advice from their friends or the Internet, but they don’t do their own research to determine the validity of these “fitness facts.” This is why it’s essential to be certain of what is true and what isn’t. If people believe everything they hear about losing weight or gaining muscle, their beliefs might actually do more harm than good. Here are 7 myths about fitness:

 

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