Being a Teen with Epilepsy

Navigating your child’s teen years can be a challenge. Some topics are simpler than others when it comes to offering advice. Dating, puberty, and driving can be major milestone events for your teenagers and no doubt they will have questions. Let’s discuss everything from your teenager’s fear of rejection to menstruation and its potential effect on seizure frequency.

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Handing Over the Keys: Teens and Impaired Driving

Teens and Impaired DrivingWhile this may have been especially relevant to post before New Year’s Day, when accidents involving an impaired driver are at their highest rates of the year, we were on a short blog hiatus during the holidays, and – let’s be real – drunk driving never stops being relevant.

We all know that drunk driving is incredibly dangerous; that message has become increasingly clear over the last few decades. The numbers are alarming: drunk driving is involved in the death of about 30 people every day in the United States and about 17 percent of traffic deaths of children under the age of 14 involve a driver that was impaired by alcohol. And motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death amongst young people, ages 16-25.

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Beyond the Hangover: Effects of Alcohol on the Teenage Brain

Alcohol and Adolescents

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among teenagers. Teenagers who drink alcohol are more likely to experience legal problems, unwanted or unprotected sexual activity, abuse of other drugs, and alcohol-related injuries such as burns, falls, and drowning.

Additionally, alcohol can have negative effects on a teenager’s developing brain. As you might remember from our previous post on adolescent brain development, the adolescent brain continues to mature and develop until about 25 years of age. Because key areas of the brain are still under construction during adolescent years, they are more sensitive to alcohol’s toxic effects. Read more

Hitting the Road: 8 Ways for Teens to Stay Safe this Summer in the Car

8 Ways for Teens to Stay Safe this Summer in the CarIt is finally summer, a time for teens to enjoy a break away from school and spend time (possibly an excessive amount) hanging out with friends, making memories and cruising around town. If your teen (or his/her friends) has a driver’s license, they have (a certain amount) of freedom. However, driving is not just a privilege but it is an incredible responsibility. As my old Driver’s Ed teacher used to say, “A car is a 3,000 lb lethal weapon.” Although he was saying this to try to get us to pay attention in class (zzzzzz…….), he was right on. Did you know that accidents are the #1 cause of death in adolescents and young adults? According to the CDC, about 292,000 teens were in the emergency room for injuries secondary to car crashes and 2,650 teens in the US (ages 16-19) were killed in car crashes in 2011 alone, which equates to about 7 teenagers a day!

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