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While kids will always experiment with new things and push the
boundaries, and parents naturally worry that this will extend to smoking
and even worse, drug taking. It's not as uncommon as you might think,
with around a third of high school kids using marijuana at least once
each year, and this includes children with learning disabilities. As a
parent, it can be difficult to keep track of your child's activities and
types of friends. Many parents often wonder if their child is
participating in illegal activity, such as abusing drugs, and they may
feel helpless because they do not know how to tell if their child is
using. However, there are warning signs parents should be on the lookout for to determine if there's a need for drug rehabilitation before the problem progresses.
After every act of incomprehensible violence, the world asks whether the
killer could have been identified ahead of time. It’s as automatic as
the call for more gun control and better mental health services.
and psychiatrists have been working for decades to try to figure out
whether there’s a link between mental illness and violence, and if so,
which people are likely to act. Using an ever-changing tool kit of
theories and questionnaires, they’ve made some progress.
fairly clear, for example, that people with severe mental illness, such
as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and some personality disorders, are
more likely to commit violent acts than others. But the risk is small.
The vast majority of mentally ill people won’t commit assault, rape,
arson or homicide, although the risk rises sharply among those who abuse
drugs and alcohol.
The study, in the journal JAMA Psychiatry,
found that 55 percent of suicidal teenagers had received some therapy
before they thought about suicide, planned it or tried to kill
themselves, contradicting the widely held belief that suicide is due in
part to a lack of access to treatment.
The findings, based on interviews with a nationwide sample of more than 6,000 teenagers and at least one parent of each, linked suicidal behavior to complex combinations of mood disorders like depression and behavior problems like attention-deficit and eating disorders, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.
The study found that about one in eight teenagers had persistent
suicidal thoughts at some point, and that about a third of those who had
suicidal thoughts had made an attempt, usually within a year of having
The study suggests that effective treatment for severely suicidal
teenagers must address not just mood disorders, but also behavior
problems that can lead to impulsive acts, experts said. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,386 people between the
ages of 13 and 18 committed suicide in 2010, the latest year for which
numbers are available.