Emotional abuse of children results in adult PTSD and opioid misuse

During their journey from an infant to an adult, children transverse through different life stages, which need both physical and emotional nourishment for healthy growth and development. Children who are either deprived of their necessities or are exposed to any kind of abuse during childhood tend to develop both physical and mental abnormalities.

In the United States, childhood emotional abuse is defined as an “injury to the psychological capacity or emotional stability of the child as evidenced by an observable or substantial change in behavior, emotional response, or cognition” and injury as evidenced by “anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior.” In short, emotional abuse refers to actions and behaviors of parents, caregivers or other people from the society, which may have a negative impact on a child’s mental health. It includes insulting, neglecting, threatening and name-calling. 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

Steep rise in illegal drug use among American workforce: Survey

The rampant use of illicit drugs has reached a new high in the United States workforce, as per the latest figures obtained from the Quest Diagnostics’ Drug Testing Index. The details were obtained after an examination of drug test results of an estimated 11 million workforce across the country. Read more