self-medication

Risks of Self-Medication

There are many reasons why people self-medicate. Often people turn to self-medication to relieve stress, anxiety, unresolved trauma, and depression. Teens, in particular, self-medicate for a variety of reasons, including attention-deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety disorders. Additional reasons are attempting to treat chronic pain or illness and peer pressure. Ultimately, self-medication…

World Mental Health Day

Observing World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day happens annually on October 10th. The mission of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. Additionally, this day focuses on mobilizing efforts that support mental health causes. According to the World Health Organization, World Mental Health Day “provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on…

signs of emotional trauma

Common Signs of Emotional Trauma

Emotional trauma happens when someone goes through something incredibly stressful. Often, a traumatic experience involves a threat to life or safety. However, any situation that causes someone to feel overwhelmed and isolated can cause trauma. Everyone is different, and we each process experiences differently. At Venture Academy, our team of professionals understands the causes of…

vyvanse vs adderall

The Difference Between Vyvanse vs. Adderall

If you have a teen with ADHD, you may be aware that there are many different ADHD treatment options. However, it can be difficult to determine what’s best for your family. You may be confused about the differences between medications like Vyvanse vs. Adderall. Venture Academy can help you, and your teen determine which of…