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Biology is the study of living organisms, divided into many specialized fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, and distribution. Biology, a fundamental science course, is one of the four core classes of curriculum in high school academics, the other three being mathematics, English and social studies.

Aside from being a mandatory course of high school education, the study of biology is one of the most important practices an individual can partake in.

Thanks to biology, we are able to research different aspects of life that ultimately improves our daily lives. Through its various studies, we are able to research important aspects of life such as, understanding our bodies ( proper nutrition, treating diseases) and understanding our environment (conservationism, harvesting food).

In short, By studying the fundamental characteristics of the world we live in, we are able to further humanity and create a better tomorrow.

Bipolar disorder

/bi.pol.ar/ /dis.or.der/

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder grapple with severe afflictions and issues. A person suffering from bipolar disorder struggles with extreme, unpredictable mood swings. Moreover, bipolar afflicted individuals will experience the highest of highs followed by the lowest of lows.

Troubled teens, who struggle with bipolar disorder, are at high risk for developing negative behaviors. Due to their erratic and turbulent tendencies, bipolar afflicted teens may experience hardships such as, destroying relationships with loved ones and friends, losing occupational opportunities or their employment altogether, or poor performances in academics. If left untreated, adolescents may develop suicidal thoughts and tendencies that could result in fatal consequences.

Fortunately, bipolar teens are able to receive therapeutic treatment for their severe disorders. With proper medication and therapeutic treatment, individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder are able to live the healthy, productive and fulfilling lives in spite of their mental condition.

Boarding school

/bord.ing/ /school/


A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live during the school year with their fellow students and possibly teachers or principals. The word 'boarding' is used in the sense of "bed and board," i.e., lodging and meals. Some boarding schools also have day students who attend the institution by day and return off-campus to their families in the evenings.

Boarding schools have also become a popular choice for parents of troubled adolescents. Specialized boarding schools now provide treatment for troubled teens, who would greatly benefit from receiving 24 hour, 7 days a week, therapeutic treatment.

There are many different types of boarding schools for troubled teens. Among them are residential treatment centers, group homes for troubled teens, and even Christian boarding schools for troubled teens. The most effective type of boarding school for a troubled adolescent greatly varies from student to student and mostly depends on the severity of the child's psychological disorder and the personal beliefs of the parents.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

adjective dys·mor·phic \dis-ˈmȯr-fik\

BDD is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance.

People with BDD can dislike any part of their body, although they often find fault with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach. In reality, a perceived defect may be only a slight imperfection or nonexistent. But for someone with BDD, the flaw is significant and prominent, often causing severe emotional distress and difficulties in daily functioning.

BDD most often develops in adolescents and teens, and research shows that it affects men and women almost equally. About one percent of the U.S. population has BDD.

The causes of BDD are unclear, but certain biological and environmental factors may contribute to its development, including genetic predisposition, neurobiological factors such as malfunctioning of serotonin in the brain, personality traits, and life experiences.