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According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 6.4 million children, ages 4-17, have received a diagnosis for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2017, a 16% increase since 2007 and a 53% rise in the last decade. Although greater awareness of the condition and better health insurance and access to mental health treatment may be a factor to the rise, it is still important to note the dramatic increase of children affected. Symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors, and trouble paying attention. They may also struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Behaviors may sometimes lessen with age, however, some will never completely outgrow their symptoms. But they can learn strategies to be successful. While treatment won’t cure ADHD, it can greatly help in lessening symptoms. To learn more about our mental health programs, please visit http://bit.ly/2CQUX0P. ... See MoreSee Less

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#Alprazolam, a type of benzodiazepine, also called #Xanax, is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Its usage has been on the rise for the past couple of years, mainly due to its easy accessibility and its reputation for being one of the “safer” drugs on the market. Xanax is not intended for long-term use and is generally prescribed to a patient for 5 to 6 weeks. However, 40% of people that take it daily for 5 or more weeks find themselves addicted to the calming effect the pills provide. Often mixed with alcohol and other substances, the effects of Xanax can be deadly and has been found present in one-third of fatal opioid-related overdoses. The opioid crisis has monopolized America’s attention and “benzos” like Xanax are greatly contributing to the epidemic. To learn more about our benzodiazepine treatment programs, please visit http://bit.ly/2CPKoLd. ... See MoreSee Less

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With the legalization of marijuana becoming more common, it is important to note the effects of it on the brain of growing adolescents. Despite age limits, legalization might make marijuana more accessible to young people who are more susceptible to its lasting damages. Cannabis has been proven to provide various benefits to some, however, constant and daily use of marijuana can hinder the development of teens’ brains. During adolescence, the brain matures in several ways and frequent use can interfere with that development. Teens using regularly may suffer repercussions in their cognitive capacity, memorization, learning ability and decision-making. Although marijuana is not as addictive as other substances, frequent usage during important developmental stages could cause lasting brain changes, functional impairments, increased risk of substance abuse and the development of mental illnesses. ... See MoreSee Less

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Short-lived stress feelings are apart of our regular daily lives. However, when these feelings become long-lasting or chronic, they can severely affect a person’s health. Stress is a biological response to demanding situations. It causes the body to release hormones to prepare it to take action, for example by increasing heart and breath rates. Many factors can trigger a stress response, including psychological pressures such as work, exams or sporting events. The effects of stress usually do not last long, but for some people they do. #ChronicStress can interfere with a person’s life in numerous ways and can be harmful to their health. Long-lasting stress can lead to high blood pressure, insomnia, a weakened immune system and can make a person extremely prone to mental illnesses such as #depression, #anxiety and/or #PTSD. At #AKUA, we understand that managing stress and mental illnesses can be overwhelming, therefore, our specialists work in developing a plan that will work for you. To learn more about our programs, please visit http://bit.ly/2CTT3MS. ... See MoreSee Less

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