Stomach Bug?

 A stomach bug is caused by germs that infect the intestines and may cause diarrhea and vomiting. Diarrhea is the body’s way of getting rid of the germs. The stomach bug is spread by contact with infected droplets from person to person (even from surface to person.) Antibiotic medication usually is not necessary. Anti-diarrheal medicines may help temporarily but often worsen symptoms and therefore are not routinely recommended.

 Symptoms (may last up to 7 days) may include

  •           Diarrhea
  •          Vomiting
  •          Stomach Cramps
  •          Fever

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Teen Relationships

Todd and Emily have been dating for a few weeks and he is beginning to act like he owns her. He complains when she spends time with her friends or anyone but him. He expects her to meet him in the halls between classes, eat with him at lunch, and hang out with him every weekend. Afraid she'll lose him, Emily obliges and begins to cut herself off from her friends.

This kind of POSSESSIVENESS isn't love - it's abuse. No parent wants to believe that this scenario, or worse, could ever happen to their child. For more information, read our short article: What's Love Got To Do With It, by Miki R Johnston, MSW, LCSW.

How can you help? As a friend, parent or concerned party, PLEASE:

  • Listen
  • Be Non-judgmental
  • Don't blame them for the abuse
  • Take them seriously and don't minimize the abuse
  • Don't pressure them to get out
  • Keep what he/she tells you confidential. This establishes trust
  • Point out how the relationship is harmful to them
  • Reinforce that relationship abuse is not acceptable or "normal" in a healthy relationship.
  • Encourage them to get help from a professional
  • Suggest they document the abuse (save your text messages and voicemails)
  • Remind them they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect
  • Act as a role model in your relationships
  • Suggest a safety plan if they are in imminent danger

If you are the victim of an abusive relationship trust your feelings and don't minimize what is happening to you. Research shows that the abuse will not stop and will often get worse. Speak out and get help from a trusted adult. You have the right to be safe and happy in all your relationships.

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