Mental Health Disorders and Teen Substance Use

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Child Mind Institute’s article “Mental Health Disorders and Teen Substance Use” explores the link between mental health disorders and substance abuse in teens. When teens are upset or angry, they will turn to drugs and alcohol, but since teenager’s brains are still being developed, this use can lead to a substance abuse disorder much quicker and other issues for preexisting mental disorders. Experts note that to encourage teens to reduce or stop substance use, it is crucial to give them other coping strategies to manage their problems without turning to substances.