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August 2016

Alcohol Use in Teens: Damaging Learning and Memory

Alcohol use in teens isn’t uncommon. After all, alcohol is the most common substance used among students from 8th to 12th grade. Drinking habits actually form often during this time for many individuals. Of course, parents don’t approve of this behavior usually, but it may be harming our children a lot more than we first…

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Understanding the Struggles of Anxiety in Teens

Many people underestimate how common mental illness is within the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the country—approximately 18 percent of Americans have some form of the disorder. This is no different for youth. Anxiety in teens is just as prevalent…

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How Boomerang Fathers Effect Depression Symptoms In Teens

Having supportive parents who are constantly present in a child’s life is obviously the ideal situation for any child. However, sometimes life gets in the way and parents may not see their children as much as they would like. A recent study published in the National Council on Family Relations, Journal of Marriage and Family,…

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ESPN’s Magazine Issue Promoting Transgender Awareness

ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue will make history this year by releasing an issue that promotes transgender awareness. The magazine issue features its first transgender athlete and serves as a celebration of amazing bodies. Through the issue, ESPN not only highlights on body issue problems but also the need for transgender awareness. A recent article by…

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Depression in Youth: An Olympic Athlete’s Story

When we think of Olympic athletes, we see them as almost god-like figures. The things they achieve seem impossible and amazing. In reality, we often forget that they are regular hard working people, similar to many of us. Many of them have personal struggles. Allison Schmitt, an Olympic swimming champion, recently spoke out on the…

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The Power of Nature: Decreasing Anxiety Through Wilderness Therapy

Not many people realize this and we often forget as humans that there is power in nature. Specifically, it has been shown to have the power to decrease stress and anxiety through many studies and observations. This is why wilderness therapy was created. Certain people recognized the benefits nature could contribute to a therapeutic program–hence…

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Too Much Background Noise: The Argument for Outdoor Learning

Background noise–in American homes–is most commonly a television. It’s something to fill the silence and catch a glance as you walk from one side of the house to the other. Many parents use it as a “babysitter” for their children–this is where the issue comes in. In a recent NPR article, a new study in…

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