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Why to Have the Alcohol Talk Early: A Pediatrician-Mom’s Perspective

​​By: Kathleen Berchelmann, M​D, FAAP Most parents don’t realize how much their children drink—research shows that only 10% of parents think their teens drink, yet 52% of teens admit to drinking alcohol. But parents do believe other people’s kids drink—the same study showed that parents estimated that 60% of 10th graders drink. ​It’s our kids that drink, not other people’s. Yes, even well-raised children with loving parents. As parents, we need to remember the harsh reality that our children are not immune to the vices of this world, and alcohol is a frequent culprit. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), alcohol is the substance most frequently abused by teens, and its use leads to the most injuries and deaths from accidents, homicides, and suicides among teens. The Reality I See as a Pediatrician in the Emergency RoomA 15 year-old stumbled into my ER at 2 am, barely conscious, supported by his terrified mother. He was out with

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Retired NHL Goalie Corey Hirsch Shares His Experience With Depression and OCD

Honestly, I was prepared to never work in hockey again. When I went public with my story about struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression last year, I was terrified that people wouldn’t understand. I was worried that no one would want to hire me ever again, and that doors would close on me — and maybe worst of all, that people in the hockey community would look at me like I was damaged goods, that I would never work in hockey again. I mean, I wrote about trying to kill myself. I wrote about struggling daily with dark thoughts that wouldn’t go away no matter what I did. I wrote about feeling weak and confused and sad, which is something that hockey players of my generation — and honestly, anyone of my generation — were told was for “crazy people.” In my day, you simply did not talk about mental health. Ever. So before I published my story, I honestly was prepared for

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The Benefits of Exercise for Teen Mental Health

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS that parents can do for their kids is help them build an exercise habit. That might mean dance, yoga, hiking or high school athletics. It should be something they really enjoy, so they’re inspired to keep doing it. Why is exercise so essential for teens? Because physical activity has significant benefits for teen mental health, according to a large body of research. In fact, exercise can even be as effective as antidepressants. And, on the flip side, physical inactivity is associated with the development of psychological disorders. Studies show that exercise has the following benefits for teen mental health: Positively impacts levels of serotonin, a chemical that helps regulate mental health.Releases endorphins, the body’s natural “happy chemicals.”Lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol .Stimulates the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which improves mood.Increases self-esteem and body positivity.Helps teens sleep better.Evidence shows that teen athletics are particularly supportive, on a number of levels. According to a Canadian study

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18 Celebrities Who Struggle With Their Mental Health

One of the biggest barriers for people dealing with mental health issues is the continued stigma against seeking help or even admitting you need it. Although our culture is marching slowly towards changing that, barriers to mental health care remain. But there is hope. Many celebs in recent years have spoken out about their own mental health issues, which may encourage others to face their own mental health obstacles head-on. The awareness they raise may also contribute to the creation of accessible mental health care coverage for greater numbers of people. Here are 18 celebrities who have shared their mental health stories. (Cover photos by Jamie McCarthy, John Sciulli, and Jeff Spicer/Getty).   Read the full article on Brit.co   [button text=”Read Full Article” style=”underline” link=”https://www.brit.co/celebrities-mental-health-struggle/” target=”_blank”]

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Secrets Of The Most Resilient People

Some people just seem to bounce back from whatever life throws at them. Whether it’s illness, loss, or tragedy, they do the tough work of picking themselves up, dusting themselves off, and carrying on—even when it seems impossible. If you’ve ever thought, “I could never do that” when looking at one of these apparent “superheroes,” don’t be so sure. It’s actually possible to build resilience to make yourself better able to bounce back from even the most difficult times. Frank Niles, PhD“It’s the ability to get back in the game after you’ve had some sort of failure. And indeed, we can learn to become more resilient,” says social scientist and leadership expert Frank Niles, PhD. Niles says there are a number of science-backed areas people can address to help them be more resilient. Here are some ways you can shore up your “resilience bunker” to better prepare for when tough times strike. PREPARE FOR THE WORSTNiles says the concept

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Holding on to stress could affect health

If you’re able to quickly shrug off stressful events, that may be good for your health. A study in the March 19 issue of Psychological Science found that people who held on to stress—those who reported still having negative feelings about a stressful event the day after it happened — had more chronic health problems a decade later. Researchers analyzed data from a nationwide survey that asked more than 1,100 adults about the number and type of stressful experiences they had each day for eight days. These included everything from arguments with others to problems at work, home, or school. Participants rated their emotional reactions to these stressors at the time and afterward. The researchers then followed up nearly 10 years later and asked participants about their health and mobility, including whether they suffered from any of 26 different chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and joint or pain conditions, among others. The participants were also asked

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