Depression can interfere with a person's life. It can cause long-lasting and severe feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities. It can also cause physical symptoms of pain, appetite changes, and sleep problems.

Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time.  It's the fear of failure but no urge to be productive.  It's wanting friends but hating to socialize. It's wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely.  It's caring about everything then caring about nothing. It's feeling everything at once then feeling paralysingly numb.

 

 

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Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It's the fear of failure but no urge to be productive.  It's wanting friends but hating to socialize. It's wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely.  It's caring about everything then caring about nothing. It's feeling everything at once then feeling paralysingly numb.

Many teens have a tough time dealing with sadness or other stresses common during adolescence.  It is understandable that they may think substance use or abuse can offer relief, however, the best way to deal with stress is to seek emotional support or find someone to talk to.

 

Substance Abuse

According to the World Health Organization, substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Many teens have a tough time dealing with sadness or other stresses common during adolescence.  It is understandable that they may think substance use or abuse can offer relief, however, the best way to deal with stress is to seek emotional support or find someone to talk to.

Teens who abuse drugs may have a greater risk of developing an addiction when they are adults.It’s important to know the difference between drug abuse and addiction. Many teens experiment with drugs, but aren’t addicted. Below is some information that will help.

Basic Information about Substance Abuse

Drug Abuse Information

Center for Disease Control (Underage Drinking)

Substance Abuse and Teens

For help recognizing the signs of substance abuse,

What to do if your Teen or Young Adult has a problem with drugs

Warning Signs

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - Get Help

For help talking to your teen about substance use,

How to Talk to Your Teen

http://www.drugfree.org/the-parent-toolkit/ Parent Toolkit

Links to National and Local Organizations that Provide Information about Substance Abuse

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids 

Pelham PACT

Power to the Parent

Westchester County Dept. of Comm. Mental Health

Links to Articles on Substance Abuse in Teens

Preventing Underage Drinking/Risks “Why do adolescents drink? What are the risks? And how can underage drinking be prevented?” 

Alcoholics Anonymous is helpful for teens too

Binge Drinking & Teen Brain Changes

Resources for Evaluation and/or Treatment

Drugfree.org

Teen Anon - Addiction recovery

For an evaluation and referral at St. Vincent's Hospital (Harrison, NY)

Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health

An eating disorder is commonly defined as an all-consuming desire to be thin and/or an intense fear of weight gain.  The most common eating disorders among adolescents are anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. 

Overeating related to tension, poor nutritional habits and food fads are relatively common eating problems. Parents frequently wonder how to identify symptoms of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. These disorders are characterized by a preoccupation with food and a distortion of body image. Unfortunately, many teenagers hide these serious and sometimes fatal disorders from their families and friends.

Self harm is a behaviour distinct from attempting suicide. For some teens it becomes a 'coping strategy' for dealing with overwhelming or painful feelings. Coping with the urges to self harm requires learning different ways to deal with these feelings.