Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that effects over 5.7 million Americans (National Institute of Mental Health). Bipolar disorder causes intense mood swings, ranging from emotional highs to emotional lows. The mood swings tend to be episodic that vary in frequency and length depending on the person. The mood swings often affect sleep, activity, behavior and the ability to do day-to-day tasks.
In today's fast paced, high pressured world, youth are looking for ways to thrive, manage and cope with all the demands and pressures they feel from today’s society.
Between school club meetings, athletics, work and keeping up on social media, who has time to study? Students across the country have found a risky solution.
There is a concerning upward trend of youth seeking a boost in their academic and/or athletic performance through the use of Adderall. While the abuse of many drugs has gone down among youth, the abuse of prescription stimulants, such as Adderall, continues to rise
Self-harm, also referred to as self-injury, is the act of purposely hurting oneself. Self-harm is not a mental illness but a behavior in response to emotional distress. However, several illnesses can be associated with self-harm including anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Self-harm occurs most often during the teenage years and onset usually begins between 12 and 15 years of age. Research shows that more girls engage in self-harming behavior compared to boys. According to the 2016 Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Survey, 12.2% of 8th graders, 14.3 % of 10th graders and 11.3% of 12th graders report inflicting self-harm in the past 12 months. Nationally, approximately 15% of teens report some form of self-injury.