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How To Confront A Teen About Drug Use
Possibly: A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have & they sit waiting for release.Lifetime exposures to diet/drugs/xrays& illness prior to release will effect the egg quality.Effect of age on freq of birth defects is well known & now micro-array chromasome studies in autism point to new concerns. Men may get a bit of a pass as the damaged swimmers are not as likely to win the race to the egg. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends on the drugs, the teen, and what the teen is going through in day to day life. Occasional cannabis use, as an example is not likely to greatly tax a teen's mental health, but daily use of cannabis, or any other substance, in increasing amounts can be indicative of great emotional pain, and can be life threatening in some cases. ...Read more
Teens and alcohol: Although there isn't a "double blind, placebo controlled study" on this topic, the results would be fairly predictable if there had been one based on our knowledge of how drugs/alcohol effect the brain (btw this is true for adults too). Our judgement/inhibition decreases with increased blood levels, which can lead to poor decisions: unprotected sex, sex with high risk individuals, even date rape. ...Read more
Can drug abuse in the past cause hallucinations in the future for a teen, even when the drug abuse has stopped?
Many variables: Many things determine eventual recovery . How severe was damage? Was it just one incident or repeated insults. Next is evaluation for residual deficits. Then is retraining the brain to overcome the deficits found. We only use about 10% of our brain cells, so there is hope of some if not full recovery when we insult the brain. But it takes using it to do that - read, do puzzles, crosswords, etc. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Generally damage to brain cells is irreversible ...Read more
Is it common for a teen with mctd or any autoimmune disease to turn to using illegal drugs? If so why?
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