Peer victimization leads to depressive symptoms and substance use, finds study

Children during late childhood and early adolescence are highly vulnerable to peer victimization. Research has suggested high prevalence of victimization among youth who have low social status, or with often-stigmatized characteristics, such as obesity and chronic health conditions. Boys are found to experience different types of peer victimization including physical aggression and verbal bullying as compared to girls.

In addition, researchers have highlighted the possibility of association between substance use and peer victimization. Youth who experience bullying in adolescence are more likely to indulge in substance use or abuse during adolescence that may continue into adulthood. On the similar lines, a recent study explored the association of peer victimization in early adolescence and the onset of substance use of marijuana, alcohol and tobacco during mid- to late adolescence. Read more

Women worried about breast cancer should stay away from alcohol, says study

Drinking alcohol is widely accepted in most cultures and no celebration is deemed complete without a toast or two. Men and women, alike, drink to rejoice or relieve stress. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 5.3 million women, aged 18 or older (amounting to 4.2 percent women) and 325,000 females aged 12–17 years (2.7 percent of females in the age group) had alcohol use disorder (AUD). In the light of the findings, it is important to educate women about the risks of alcohol consumption. Read more

4 ways digital detox can boost your mental health

In the era of global advancements, technology has made life easier and comfortable. The constant attachment to electronic devices and internet has become a normal feature of everyday life. But various studies suggest that overuse of technology and social media can significantly impact physical and mental health. It may do more harm than good. Read more

Having parents by bedside eases opioid withdrawal symptoms in newborns

Opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc on Americans, and children are no exception. It is estimated that every 19 minutes, an infant is born in the United States with deadly symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Any form of substance abuse during pregnancy, be it cocaine, amphetamine, barbiturates, or opioids like heroin and methadone, endangers the life of both the baby and the mother. A baby exposed to opioids is also at a high risk of birth defects, intrauterine growth, premature delivery and seizures. Read more

Drunkorexia: A common problem among adolescents

Once an adolescent leaves home for college, he or she is exposed to new challenges both positive and negative. Though most experiences help young adults grow and mature. Certain habits and behavior, if inculcated, can ruin their lives, such as indulging in risky behavior and victimization, risky sexual behavior, as well as addiction to illicit substances. Alcohol abuse among the youth is a serious public health crisis in the United States. Every year, a number of students succumb to alcoholic overdoses and many others experience lifelong problems associated with drinking. Read more

Helping a friend who relapsed during rehab

An unfortunate and painful part of recovery is a situation in which someone from rehab relapses. Besides affecting the individual concerned, such an event can have an impact on the people around them, especially friends in recovery, who may start doubting their own chances of recovery. Friends may also feel disheartened that a co-recovering individual has lost the fight against sobriety. It may also be possible that the friend relapsing was an inspiration to others due to his/her determined approach during recovery. In addition to feelings of sadness and despair, relapse of a friend in rehab can lead to other emotional responses such as anger, concern and jealousy among mates. Read more