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Everyone gets down from time to time, but sometimes it’s more than just “the blues.” Clinical depression affects millions of people each year. It is a real illness that can be treated effectively.
The signs and symptoms of clinical depression are:
If you experience five or more of these symptoms and they persist for two weeks or longer, you could have clinical depression. See a doctor or qualified mental health professional for help, right away.
Chronic stress can increase your likelihood of developing serious illnesses like diabetes and cancer and can also increase your risk of heart attack. Whether the stress originates at work or at home, we take it with us wherever we go. The good news is that taking care of ourselves can help to reduce stress and keep us healthier, happier and more productive.
Here are some simple but effective strategies you can use to better manage the stress in your life. They will help if you use them! Take care of yourself.
Good emotional health helps children to think clearly, develop socially, learn new skills and develop a positive self-esteem.
Following is a list of general strategies to help ensure a child’s healthy emotional well-being:
If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, consult with teachers, a guidance counselor or another adult who may have information about his or her behavior. If you think there is a problem, seek professional help.
Teens may try alcohol and other drugs for many reasons—peer pressure, curiosity, to reduce stress, to feel grown up or to fit in.
It is hard to determine which teens will experiment, stop using drugs and which teen will end up with a serious drug or alcohol problem.
There are some common characteristics of teenagers who are more likely to develop a serious problem:
Teenagers abuse a variety of both legal and illegal drugs. Legally available drugs include alcohol, prescription medications, inhalants (fumes from glues, aerosols, and solvents) and over-the-counter medicines such as cough syrup, sleeping pills, and diet pills. Commonly used illegal drugs include marijuana (pot), cocaine, crack, and speed, LSD, PCP, and ecstasy. The use of illegal drugs is increasing, especially among young teens. First marijuana use often occurs in middle school, and alcohol use can start before age 12. Marijuana and alcohol use in high school has become quite common.
There are many signs to look for that may indicate your teenager is abusing alcohol or other drugs.
Physical warning signs:
Emotional warning signs:
Social/behavioral warning signs:
Interactions within the family that may be warning signs:
Attitude and performance at school that may be warning signs:
Parents can help their child by teaching them about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol at an early age, maintaining open communication about issues and pressures that children may face, and by being a positive role model for children.
If you have concerns that your child may be abusing alcohol or other drugs, seek help. Early recognition and treatment is important for successful outcomes.