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ADHD, Autism Or Both?

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ADHD and autism are two different medical conditions. ADHD is defined as not being able to focus, being overactive and not being able to control behavior. Autism is a developmental disorder, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communication and forming relationships with other people. But if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and the condition doesn’t seem to explain all of the behavioral issues, he or she may also ...

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Helping Your Teenager Adjust To Divorce

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Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially challenging when you have teenagers at home. Teens are already trying to cope with the body changes, stress, peer pressure and school work in their lives, and some are especially reluctant to talk about their feelings. Setting them up with a good child psychiatrist can help.

Your teen may have difficult questions for you that you’re not ready to answer. He or she ...

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Teens May Face Emotional Symptoms After Concussions

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Teenage athletes are exposed to a lot of head trauma, and concussions are common. In addition to the physical symptoms, some teens experience emotional symptoms such as anxiety and depression. A recent study suggests that teens who are sensitive to light or noise might be more likely to experience these emotional symptoms.

While most people recover from a concussion within a week, studies have shown that teenage athletes take about seven to 10 ...

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How To Raise A Compassionate Child

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Most experts will agree that fostering compassion in young people is one of the best ways to stop bullying at school and will also help prevent verbal, physical and emotional aggression from taking root. While it’s necessary to teach children to be assertive and confident, it’s equally important to teach them to be compassionate and empathetic. If your child has had any issues with bullying others or being bullied, seek help from ...

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The ADHD-Friendly Diet

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When it comes to the treatment of ADHD, behavioral therapy with a child psychiatrist and medication are the best approaches. But there are also plenty of natural ways to help your child with ADHD—a solid routine, proper sleep, exercise and even diet. Feeding your family a good diet is always important, but the right nutrients can really help with ADHD. Here are some examples of an ADHD-friendly diet:

  • Trim excess sugar and ...
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Addiction Recovery And Your Children

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4104954991_96580eb06b_zBattling an addiction is always tough. But in homes with young children, addiction recovery can be especially challenging. If you’ve already started your recovery process by seeking treatment through behavioral health services and going to meetings, that’s wonderful. But children living in homes where there is a substance abuse problem—and a subsequent recovery—need to have the situation explained to them.

Life at home may be chaotic for children when there is a ...

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Summertime Depression Causes And Solutions

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When most people think of Seasonal Affective Disorder or seasonal depression, they think of winter blues. But about 10% of people with SAD are affected during the summer. There are many other reasons that people feel low during the warmer months, some of which are:

  • Body image issues. Summer weather means wearing less clothing, which may cause some people to get depressed about their bodies.
  • Money struggles. Many families take vacations during the summer ...
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Autistic Children At Increased Risk For Drowning

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Swimming is a favorite summer activity of almost all children, and it’s a popular way to beat the heat. But water safety concerns are particularly heightened for families of children with autism. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children on the autism spectrum. But there’s no need to keep your autistic child out of the pool. Ask your child psychiatrist for advice on talking to your ...

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10 Good Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

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Maintaining good mental health is just as important as staying in good physical shape. Certain things like financial strain, marital issues, job stress and disruptive children are sometimes inevitable. Aside from finding new work, going to couple’s therapy and seeking out a child psychiatrist, here are 10 ways you can improve your mental health when times get tough:

1. Do more of what makes you happy. It may seem impossible, but schedule some time each day to do something that ...

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Little-Known Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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After a traumatic experience or a very rough period in life, it’s normal to feel sad, scared, anxious and disconnected. But when those symptoms don’t fade over time, or if you are stuck with constant painful memories, you could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. By seeking treatment from a Behavioral Health Services specialist and developing coping skills, you can overcome PTSD. But the first step is knowing the symptoms.

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Autistic People Are At Increased Risk For Substance Abuse

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The more we learn about the autism spectrum disorder, the more beneficial autism and Asperger’s treatment will be. It has always been believed that people on the autism spectrum are at a low risk for substance abuse. Since they tend to be more reserved and socially withdrawn, they are more likely to avoid substances in the first place, in theory. But new research from the Washington University School of Medicine has found the opposite to be true: in a ...

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Dealing With Depression: Teen Suicide Prevention

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Typical teen angst may be the subject of many jokes, but teenage depression is very real. Unfortunately, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 19 years of age, surpassed only by accidents and homicides. It remains a growing health concern.

According to new research, heightened newspaper coverage following a suicide could have a significant impact on teen suicide clusters. A study published last month in Lancet Psychiatry seems to suggest a correlation between heightened media ...

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