There has been much debate over which psychotherapy is most effective and why. Metaanalysis shows that ALL psychotherapies are helpful. So called 'Empirically validated treatments' are no more effective than other forms of psychotherapies. The most important factor in all therapies seem to be the clinician and the type of therapeutic alliance between the patient and therapist.
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A new trend is sweeping the online world and it's getting kids very high, very fast and it's extremely toxic. 'Smoking' alcohol such as whiskey, beer or vodka is extremely easy to do, takes only a small amount and reaches the brain instantly. This bypasses the stomach and liver which can force excess alcohol out of the system through vomiting. Therefore, this new trend among teens is potentially deadly.
In all the conversations regarding bullying, the sibling relationship is often ignored. Studies researching the impact of physical or verbal coercion and intimidation by a sibling is linked to poorer mental health.
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'Academic doping' is a term that is used to describe a new rising trend among high school kids, college students and young professionals.
Academic doping is when an individual takes a controlled substance (not prescribed to them) to help with a specific exam or work related task. They due this because the medication has the effect of allowing them to concentrate longer, achieve better results and have more energy. In Miami, this has been a particularly alarming problem among college students and high achieving high school students. Taking medication that is not prescribed to you can have many detrimental effects. Please click on the link to read more about 'academic doping'.
As police officers and doctors try to control illegal pill opiate use (OxyContin, oxycodone and other pain killers), users in South Florida are turning to a cheaper and more potent narcotic: heroin
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