We see the backs of 4 teens sitting on the edge of a bridge- water in the background. It's gray out, and they seem quiet.

Anxiety is a natural feeling that everyone experiences from time to time. Your child may feel particularly anxious before a test, for example. But when normal activities like going to school or extracurricular activities cause unease and panic, these feelings could signal a more serious anxiety disorder. Teens suffering from anxiety disorders essentially feel incapable…

hospital room liver disease

A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has revealed a disturbing trend: deaths related to liver disease are on the rise among young Americans, and alcohol use disorder may be the culprit. After adjusting for age, researchers found that between 2008 and 2016 the death…

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The Pennsylvania Youth Survey or “PAYS” is a biennial survey of youth in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. This voluntary survey is designed to gather information about youth’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use to help communities address root causes of antisocial behavior. The PAYS helps to identify risk…

There are a variety of reasons why a young person may begin using alcohol or drugs. While most people don’t actually develop addiction, researchers have identified several major risk factors that may lead to drug or alcohol abuse in teens. Can you recognize them? Think about the children and teens in your life and learn what…

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