Tag: teenagers

How to Talk to Your Teen About Opioid Drugs

buying opioidsSimply-Women-logo Guest Blogger: Stephanie Manzi, LMHC, program director of Motivating Youth Recovery, a 24-bed acute detoxification and stabilization program for adolescents 13- to 17- years of age located at Community Healthlink in Worcester.

Many parents don’t believe their teen would ever misuse opioids. As someone who works with youth in recovery, however, I’m here to tell you that it can and does happen—even in the “best” of families.

Sleep Deprivation in Teens: A Common Problem

teen sleepingTeens on average need about nine hours of sleep at night. But most don’t get the amount of sleep they need. School, friends, homework, activities, television, video games, cell phones (texting) and the computer may have a higher priority for a teen than sleep. Sleep deprivation can have serious consequences for a teen’s health and well-being. What do you need to know?

Social Media: The Effect on Young People and Eating Disorders

social media iconsGuest Blogger: Suzanne Allen, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Adolescent Medicine, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center  with Ariana Delostritto, Marketing and Communications

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Those suffering with eating disorders have unhealthy emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight, body, and food that can have life-threatening consequences. Many of those who struggle often feel isolated from friends and family, and use extreme tactics to keep their behavior a secret.