Just because a drug is legal, doesn't mean it's safe to abuse it. Abusing prescription painkillers like OxyContin™, Percocet™, and Vicodin™ is no safer than trying much harder drugs. These drugs are being vastly abused and represent one of today's largest drug epidemics. Discover the real consequences of taking prescription painkillers to get high. Learn about the damage these pills can do to your body and how you can develop an addiction to painkillers. Find out about the downside of prescription painkillers!
People with ADHD—attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder—can be helped by medications such as Ritalin™ and Adderall™. Alternatively, other young adults are abusing these same drugs to their own detriment. Discover the true consequences of ADHD medication abuse, including the many health risks of taking these drugs. Learn how abusing ADHD medication can change your life for the worse. Discover the downside of ADHD medication abuse!
Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs available today. Meth and other amphetamines can seriously damage your body, ruin your relationships, and lead to prison and even death. Discover the true risks of these drugs, including the many awful effects they can have on your body, from rotting teeth to problems with your organs and brain. Find out how meth has ruined so many lives. Learn the downside of methamphetamine and other amphetamines!
You may have heard that marijuana is a "safe" drug. In some parts of the United States, it's even legal and while a debate continues regarding recreational and medical use, research still conclusively confirms the devastating effect on a young, undeveloped adolescent brain. Using marijuana can have very real and very scary consequences for your body and your future. Discover the true dangers of using marijuana. Find out how marijuana can hurt your relationships with the people you love and keep you from doing your best in school. Learn the downside of marijuana!
Let your emotions teach you something new about yourself. Our emotions are the feelings inside our minds that come and go. Sometimes we feel happy, and sometimes we feel sad; sometimes we feel angry, sometimes we're scared, and sometimes we're bored. Positive emotions—like joy and excitement—give us the energy we need to be creative and do amazing things. Negative feelings—like grief and anger—aren't all bad either. They can teach us to stay away from things that might hurt us. Scientists are exploring the connections between our emotions, our brains, and the rest of our bodies. They know that emotions are important. The more you learn about them, the more you'll be able to use them to help you manage your entire life better. Discover more within this book!
Though you probably know the risks of using illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin, you might not know just how dangerous many over-the-counter medications can be when abused or taken incorrectly. Cough syrups, diet pills, sleeping pills, and other over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous as many illegal drugs. Learn more about the true risks of taking these readily available drugs. Discover the downside of over-the-counter medications!
Anger is an emotional response to something that threatens your well-being in some way. Too much anger can damage your body. It can hurt your relationships with others, and it can make you unhappy and miserable. But anger can also be a powerful source of energy that pushes you toward a happier life. It's a signal that something is wrong. It tells you to pay attention—and then take action. So next time you feel angry, stop and pay attention—then use an anger-management tool to channel your angry feelings in positive ways. Let your anger empower you to change the world. Discover how inside this book!
Become a more compassionate person—and make the world a better place. Empathy is the ability to sense other people's emotions. People with empathy are able to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. They recognize and understand another's suffering. People who are compassionate, go a step further: they take action. Compassion changes the world. And it can change you as well. When you reach out to others, you not only help them; you also increase your own well-being. Researchers have found that connecting with others in a meaningful way makes you healthier, both mentally and physically. Compassion may even make you live longer. Discover ways to build your empathy and compassion!
Most young adults know that alcohol and tobacco aren't good for them—but they may not know the real-life consequences of using these harmful substances. From coughing to cancer, from alcohol poisoning to problems with your liver, alcohol and tobacco can cause serious damage to your health. Smoking and drinking also do damage to your relationships with others and can land you in trouble with the police. Find out more about the dangerous consequences of alcohol and tobacco use. Discover the downside of alcohol and tobacco!
Stress is a normal and natural part of life. We all experience it. When we do, we often speak of feeling "tense," as though we can't relax. We feel nervous. We may get upset easily. Life seems to be coming at us too fast. There's just too much of it! Our emotions feel overwhelmed. Stress and tension put strain on your mind and body—but you don't have to let stress get you down. Look inside this book to find out what you can do to cope when life seems like too much to handle!