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On Deadline blog: Does upsurge in teen-distress referrals mean 'stigma' barrier is dropping?

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus, on Sep 29, 2012

There is a continuing upsurge in referrals of young persons to counselors to help with some form of emotional distress, stress or other difficult challenge, according to the Adolescent Counseling Service.

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks for the information Jay. "Where do they get the drugs?" is often right out of their parent's medicine cabinets. There is a growing upsurge in alcohol and other drug abuse and, unfortunately, parents do not wish to take a look at their own intake of such substances. Just because they are legal doesn't mean that it's OK to use these substances. I am concerned about the modeling parents do. There are many places to get help and I am wondering how often counselors are even alerted to the serious issues parents may have with alcohol and other drugs. Just mentioning.............

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Ducatigirl is a registered user.

Exactly...just because something is legal does not make it.moral.