We’re Missing the Boat with Teen Mental Health

Over half of adolescents with a mental health issue won't get treated. If they do it's often not by a mental health professional. Researchers at Duke University found that the most commonly untreated mental illnesses were anxiety disorders and phobias. Lack of child psychiatrists and stigma surrounding mental health issues are the primary contributors to…

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Parental Omega-3 Deficiency Can Affect Offspring

  Dietary choices by parents may affect their adolescent's behaviour and cognitive performance. Using a rodent model, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that the adolescents of parents who were low in omega-3 fatty acids had more anxiety, hyperactivity and learning difficulties than adolescents whose parents had sufficient dietary omega-3’s. The nutritionally deficient parents…

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Self-medicating for Anxiety Is A Fast Track To Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse is often associated with anxiety disorders, but which came first?  A study of 34,653 adults followed for 3 years may help answer this question. Participants having anxiety disorder at the beginning of the study and self-medicated with alcohol and/or drugs, were 2.5 times as likely to develop alcohol abuse, and had…

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