We all have stress in our lives. When people are experiencing stress, the brain releases a stress hormone known as cortisol. With time and under chronic stress, portions of the brain linked to learning or memory are negatively influenced by cortisol. Interestingly, many of these brain regions are the same parts affected by drug use and dependence.
How Do Students Manage Stress?
Stress can be a motivator, though it can also create negative feelings and, sadly, raise the chance that a teen will use medication.
When it is about your teens, you know that school (such as homework, SATs, tests, college applications) along with social media and extra-curricular activities is one of the largest sources of stress — and you need to be sure it does not lead them to unhealthy habits to help cope.
Your child’s brain is still growing until age 25, … Continue Reading
I know that this is going to be a controversial post for many of you, but it has to be written. Assessing my own beliefs through the different bipolar cycles I undergo, as well as talking to and reading forum posts from other people with the condition, I have come to understand that beliefs or faith can actually be an indication of a manic or depressive cycle.
Confused? Let Me Explain
As many people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder know, mania and depressive cycles have many symptoms. It appears that with some individuals (not all) changes in religion or belief system may be one of those indicators. If they’re usually a follower of a religion or belief system, then they could become hyper-religious during mania. During the depression, they might believe that their God, the universe, or whatever they worship has turned their back on them.… Continue Reading
The issue of kids using drugs in school is a cause for concern to parents, teachers and the society at large. Some few months ago, two Graham Elementary School kids in Austin TX were caught distributing drugs to fellow students. Both kids are in the fifth grade together with their peers.
Ironically, the kids in elementary school are too young to engage in any form of activities involving drugs. Fifth-grade pupils are approximately ten years old, and it is disturbing that they are already into drugs. At such a tender age, this kind of behavior paints a bad image about the future of these children.
Somehow, it is crazy for elementary school kids to indulge in drugs since they seem too young for that practice. The practice is shared among students in the middle or high school in Austin and the US at large. All … Continue Reading
Employee drug testing has become the norm in some major companies across America. It is a simple solution to protecting the workforce for a drug-free environment.
Some job hunting individuals may wonder if the methods and attitudes are over-zealous, but many companies stand by their policies.
Drug use at work is a problem, and there are different solutions to uncover it. However, not all companies are tackling the issue in the most efficient manner.… Continue Reading
High school is a period of changes. The phase of becoming a young adult is at the smallest hand tricky and confusing. It is a time when a child begins his path of self-discovery towards becoming a young adult.
This path has many options, possibilities, and as any other child who is curious, high schoolers are overly eager to experiment with one of these options.
Unfortunately, this sometimes means taking the wrong turn and choosing drugs.
Statistics show that after marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are becoming one of the most abused substances among teens.… Continue Reading
It is quite surprising to learn that a lot of people consider drug addiction to be a social problem. Drug addiction is not a social issue, but rather, it is a personal problem, an individual problem. It can cause grave long-term consequences.
Problems with relationships, employment, and law, mental and physical state are situations that are all going to come at once. Simply willing to change one’s behavior is not going to solve this problem. There is a lot more to it, than what we think it is.
Addiction, be it drugs, or for that matter, anything else like food, or a particular behavior, is quite a disease. We call it a disease because it impacts the brain. For that reason, just by will power, you might not be able to stop it right away. With a bit of discipline and help from the right … Continue Reading
Sound The Alarm
The invasion has begun!
Prescription drugs and their manufacturers have occupied America. They invaded my home, too.
Over the past 100 years, prescription drug addiction has grown from a non-issue to a sleeping pill joke on sitcoms to an insidious and serious health issue that doesn’t seem to have an end.
Abuse of drugs like Xanax, Adderall and Oxycontin has grown much faster than the population overall, and continues to accelerate.
… Continue Reading
Recently in our neighborhood, two 9th graders were hospitalized for a bad reaction to Spice, otherwise known as K2 or synthetic marijuana. They were hallucinating, fighting and throwing things in one of their parent’s garages.
One of them babysat my kids when she was 12, so this news came as a shock (to say the least)!
After being in the dumps for many months (and not blogging), this news kind of snapped me out of my funk. My kids are getting older now, so I’m beginning to worry about such things. About a week ago, I started researching synthetic marijuana and some of the other “new drugs” that are used by teens in the US and locally.
What I learned was shocking! Most of these truly nasty, addictive drugs have been abused by teens for as long as a decade, yet many still aren’t … Continue Reading