Adolescent Counseling Services’ Resource Blog

Teen drug use other than marijuana falls to new lows

Reported By: Joshua Rhett Miller, New York Post Fewer US teens are using illegal drugs other than marijuana than ever before, according to an annual study that tracks substance abuse. The study — released Tuesday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — found that students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades from private and […]

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Pets now a main prescription in mental health issues

Reported By: By Jamie Wells, The American Council on Science and Health There is an ever-growing body of evidence that reinforces the health benefits of animals.  The cardiovascular and mental health ones are known and well-documented. A new study published in BMC Psychiatry sought to explore the role pets had in support, self-management and personal networks […]

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Holiday Stress And Managing Expectations

University of Connecticut Health’s Dr. Michael Kisicki, assistant professor of psychiatry, shares his best advice to help you and your family get through any potential stressful and anxiety-provoking holiday activities, including family get-togethers and post-election debates. Q. What is it about the holiday season that leads to higher levels of anxiety and stress? A. We […]

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How do I talk to my kid?

Written By:  Kin Leung, LMFT | ACS Site Supervisor, Gunn High School Sometimes it can feel that teenagers are some of the most difficult people to understand on the planet. On top of that, being a parent makes it even more challenging to talk to your own teenage children. As a psychotherapist, my job is […]

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Isn’t there an ‘App’ for that?! Real perspective on College Application Anxiety

Written By:  JoAnn Kukulus, MFTI, On-Campus Counseling Program Site Coordinator Cooler weather, changing seasons, shorter days, Autumn holidays…..COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!! High school students in general are reporting greater stress than ever and with deadlines for submitting college applications. Admission to next fall’s academic term is rapidly approaching, and to be perfectly honest, now is possibly one of […]

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There’s a Startling Increase in Major Depression Among Teens in the U.S.

Reported By: Susanna Schrobbsdorff, TIME Magazine But there hasn’t a corresponding increase in mental health treatment for adolescents and young adults Describing teens as moody and angsty is an old cliche. That stage of life is loaded with drama and intense feelings. And it was ever thus—just go back read your high school diary for evidence. […]

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