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Test to Identify Teen Mental Illness

  A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge looks for biological risk factors that may identify teens at risk for depression and anxiety. The researchers found a cognitive biomarker that may identify teens at high risk for developing depression and anxiety.  The marker is a variation of a certain gene: the short form of the serotonin transporter gene 5-HTTLPR. The study included 238 teenagers aged 15 to 18 years old to receive genetic testing and an environmental assessment.  The teens then took a computer test to find out how they process emotional information.  The participants had to decipher whether words were emotionally positive, emotionally negative, or neutral.  For example, blissful is positive, failure is negative, and range is neutral. The teens who were homozygous (meaning they inherited the same version … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness

Teenage Bullying May Lead To Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse

Teenage Bullying May Lead To Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse

Many drug and alcohol addicts start using at a young age, generally 12 to 18 years old, from that point it is generally the catalyst for a long binge of substance abuse and addiction. Many adolescents suffering from depression find risk taking behavior such as violence, sex, and substance use a reprieve from their depression. Continuous research on drug and alcohol abuse among adolescents has helped understand what initiates substance use and ways to prevent … Read entire article »

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