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Girls Using Oral Contraceptives More Depressed

November 20th, 2019|News Articles|

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that 16-year-old girls using oral contraceptives are more depressed than peers not using oral contraceptives. Oral contraceptive users particularly reported more crying, eating problems, and excessive sleeping compared with nonusers. The study warns that use of oral contraceptives by teenage girls may affect their quality of life and put them at risk for not taking the contraceptives regularly, leading to unplanned pregnancies.

Courtesy of JAMA Network

Association of Use of Oral Contraceptives With Depressive Symptoms Among Adolescents and Young Women

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Question What is the association between oral contraceptive use and concurrent depressive symptoms […]

WARNING SIGNS of Child Sex Trafficking

November 20th, 2019|News Articles|

In recent years there has been growing awareness of Child Sex Trafficking. Here are WARNING SIGNS to watch for:

  • Signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts
  • Unexplained absences from school, truancy
  • Less appropriately dressed than before
  • Sexualized behavior
  • Overly tired or falls asleep in class
  • Withdrawn, depressed, or distracted
  • Brags about making or having lots of money
  • Displays expensive clothes, accessories, or shoes
  • New tattoo (tattoos often used by pimps as a way to brand victims.)
  • Older boyfriend, new friends with a different lifestyle, or gang involvement
  • Disjointed family connections, running away, living with friends, or experiencing […]
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