Adolescence is a critical period for mental, social, and emotional wellbeing and development. During adolescence, the brain undergoes significant developmental changes, establishing neural pathways and behavior patterns that will last into adulthood. Because their brains are still developing, adolescents are particularly receptive to the positive influences of youth development strategies, social and emotional learning, and behavioral modeling. These and other factors underline the importance of meeting the mental, social, and emotional health needs of this age group. A well-financed health prevention and response system that fosters communication and cooperation across sectors can provide adolescents better access to high quality resources that are responsive to their unique mental health needs.
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The verdict is still out on whether social media is damaging to the mental health of teens. This is in part due to the lack of research. Some studies show that online connections with small groups of people can be beneficial to teens, while other research points to a rise in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Plus, no long-term studies have been completed. One study out of the University of Pittsburgh, for example, found a correlation between time spent scrolling through social media apps and negative body image feedback.
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Whether it's about the national debt, health care, or unemployment, talk surrounding "The Next Generation" always looms large in Washington. Politicians plead to parents and grandparents alike that their political beliefs will lead to a better future for America's youth than the beliefs of their opponents. A lot of the time, this loud-mouthed political rhetoric is nothing more than, well, loud-mouthed political rhetoric. But all those times that Governor Romney and President Obama stated that the results of the upcoming presidential election could have catastrophic effects on the next generation, they weren't engaging in hyperbole. This election has the potential to radically change the course of millions of teenagers' lives.
Michelle Trudeau. The red specks highlight where the integrity of the brain's white matter is significantly less in the teens who binge drink, compared to those who do not. A recent study led by neuroscientist Susan Tapert of the University of California, San Diego compared the brain scans of teens who drink heavily with the scans of teens who don't. Tapert's team found damaged nerve tissue in the brains of the teens who drank.