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Graham Shannonhouse

Hidden Reasons for Teen Academic Struggles

Your child is suddenly having issues in school. Their grades are plummeting. They won’t speak to you about what’s going on. How do you react to these teen academic struggles? Many parents feel lost at this point–which is understandable. There’s no handbook telling a parent exactly how to deal with these types of situations. You…

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Plugged-In, Can’t Log-Out: Technology Addiction

As the world becomes more digitally connected, technology addiction continues to become a real issue, especially among teens. Just last year, Pew Research Center released a report of its findings on teen technology usage. Research concluded that 92 percent of teens use the internet daily, which includes 24 percent that say they are online virtually…

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Study Finds a Gene Linked to Teen Anxiety

In a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, researchers found a gene linked to why anxiety often forms and peaks in adolescence. With this new information, it may help develop new techniques for identifying teen anxiety and intervening earlier. Child and teen anxiety disorders, according to the NIH,…

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A New Way of Thinking: Mindfulness in Teens

Have you ever taken a 10 minutes to close your eyes, sit completely still, and really check in with yourself? Probably not. The benefits of practicing mindfulness in teens are considerable and immense, yet it’s hardly mentioned in daily life. It’s time that it started being mentioned, though. Photo credit: flickr user – Caleb Roenigk…

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Getting that Perfect Score at a Price: Study Drugs

Photo Credit: flickr user – Steven S. High school is stressful. Your teen juggles assignments, homework, quizzes, exams, extracurricular activities, family, and a social life. All of that can take a toll on a teenage brain. When someone offers a way to overcome it all–study drugs–it can be hard for a stressed out teen to…

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School’s Out: Truancy in Teens

Perhaps the greatest misconception about missing school is that all cases are the same. In reality, there are many reasons why a child would not want to go to class – the two main offenders being school refusal and truancy in teens. School refusal and truancy are entirely different beasts; the first step to ensuring…

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Virtually Addicted: Internet Addiction In Teens

While it is easy to discount internet addiction as a minor issue compared to, for example, drug addiction, that would be a mistake – there are many ways to be addicted, and internet addiction is quickly becoming one of the major players. As a matter of fact, some 16% of young adults exhibit symptoms of…

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Smoking Dabs: “Earwax” is the New Grass

Marijuana. Weed. Hash. Regardless of what it is called, the mental associations created are the same: the telltale smell, its color and shape. What the mental images don’t produce are odorless drops, the color and shape of earwax, made of butane hash oil (BHO) – otherwise known as “dabs”. Thanks to their 80% THC content –…

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