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Do children who have been abused have problems with getting in trouble at school?

Do children who have been abused have problems with getting in trouble at school?

Not necessarily: Children who are abused many times will have a number of social difficulties because of the horrible circumstances that they have been in. However in a supportive environment and with proper counseling they can thrive. Child abuse is preventable- if you or your child are being abused (physical, emotional or sexual) please get out and get help. ...Read more

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Is there an association between grades and school and whether or not a teen will abuse drugs?

Is there an association between grades and school and whether or not a teen will abuse drugs?

Not a tight one: High-performing students sometimes feel under so much pressure that they turn to drugs to "relax"; low-performing students may use them because "no one cares." casual use of drugs doesn't necessary cause problems, but it is quite rare for students who begin using drugs heavily to be able to maintain a high academic performance. ...Read more

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Will being bullied at school cause a lot of the same trauma that being mentally abused at home would cause?

Will being bullied at school cause a lot of the same trauma that being mentally abused at home would cause?

Quite possible: Being physically or emotionally abused can cause many different negative effects (e.g. Depression, anger, isolation, hopelessness) whether the trauma occurs at home or at school. ...Read more

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How long does it take to become a substance abuse nurse if you haven't started nursing school?

How long does it take to become a substance abuse nurse if you haven't started nursing school?

Depends: Nursing degrees span the educational spectrum. From two year LPN progams to 3 year rn training, to 4 year bsn (bachelors degree), 6 year master's degree programs (msn), to 8 year nurse practitioner programs. These are great fields and have abundant opportunities for success, advancement and being socially redeeming. To do alcohol & drug treatment, you'll need another two years. ...Read more

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I take dexedrine and find myself only able to study when I am on Xanax (alprazolam) >4mg. I'm not abusing it. It helps me study for school. Is this uncommon?

I take dexedrine and find myself only able to study when I am on Xanax (alprazolam) >4mg. I'm not abusing it. It helps me study for school. Is this uncommon?

Who is prescribing?: I'm wondering whether you're working with a psychiatrist? With this combination of medicines you really need to be. You don't state the amount of Dexedrine you're taking, but that one in particular has a high potential for habituation and abuse. Also routinely taking >4mg of xanax (alprazolam) to "study" is a very high dose which in the long run is addictive. It's also "uncommon" to use in this way. ...Read more

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Abused by teacher in '80s. School never believed me/my parents. Abuser now sunday school teacher at church. How can I be credible in warning church?

Abused by teacher in '80s. School never believed me/my parents. Abuser now sunday school teacher at church. How can I be credible in warning church?

Police: Child abuse is very serious. They need to be stopped from harming other children. You need to report the child abuse to the police as soon as possible. It will require great courage on your part, but i know you can do it. Be brave, protect others. ...Read more

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18yr. Bad anxiety+PTSD from child abuse.5 yrs therapy with 3 docs..nothing. 2 yrs until med school decision.Can't go like this.How to make it go away?

18yr. Bad anxiety+PTSD from child abuse.5 yrs therapy with 3 docs..nothing. 2 yrs until med school decision.Can't go like this.How to make it go away?

Take a deep breath: No quick fix unfortunately. You need to continue your search for the best therapy match and a doctor willing to work with you to help you improve your quality of life. It is not unusual to go through several therapists and med trials for your condition. A multi drug approach combined with psychotherapy is the standard of care. Surround yourself with caring supportive people. Avoid chaos or drama. ...Read more