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Five Simple Ways To Be A Better Parent

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Parenting is a tough job, and many parents are very hard on themselves as they try to be the best they can be for their children. A recent study showed that parents, especially mothers, often feel stress and anxiety after the birth of a child out of fear of not being perfect. Having a child with a mental health issue can be especially challenging. If your child already sees a good Continue Reading →

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Autistic Children Are More Likely To Suffer From GI Problems

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The characteristics of autism are mostly behavioral: resistance to being touched, little to no eye contact, issues with social skills and minimal acknowledgement of others. But a new study has confirmed what most parents of autistic children already know: children on the autism spectrum disorder are four times more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal issues than children who are not on the spectrum. The study was done to increase awareness among medical providers and to further the development of Continue Reading →

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Help Your Children Maximize Their Mental Health For The School Year

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As summer vacations across the country come to a close, it’s time for families to prepare for another school year. This typically involves getting school supplies and buying new clothes, but adjustments to their schedules are also in order. In addition to the optimism and excitement your kids will express, they may also feel stress, anxiety and irritation.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to improve the mental health of your children as they prepare for a new school ...

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Scientific Studies Increasingly Back Behavioral Therapy For Autism

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Recent years have shown a dramatic increase in scientific evidence backing the effectiveness of behavioral therapy for children affected by autism, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. The sooner autistic children begin autism and Asperger’s treatment, the better their odds are for achieving independence later in life.

Amy Weitlauf, a clinical psychologist with the Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center, said there is increasing evidence that early intensive behavioral interventions can be very effective for young children on ...

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Overactive Immune System Linked to Mental Illness Risk

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According to some new research, our immune systems may play a vital role in the development of mental illness. The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, showed that children with high levels of protein released in the blood during infection face a greater risk of developing psychosis. The immune system acts like a thermostat—and when there is infection in the body, the thermostat gets cranked up. In some people, that thermostat is always set slightly higher.

4,500 individuals’ blood samples ...

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Celebrity Depression and Suicide Awareness

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Today, the world is still reeling from the announcement of actor Robin Williams’ tragic suicide, the news of which broke on Monday. Fellow celebrities as well as his family and friends are sharing their beautiful memories of him. Everyone who admired him is recalling his or her favorite movies and moments. Columnists, news anchors and bloggers are sharing their views. While there has been some negativity and harassment, overall the reactions from the public have simply been those of heartbreak, ...

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Getting Control Of Impulse Control Disorders

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As humans, the ability to control our impulses and urges helps to distinguish us from other species. But people who have an impulse control disorder struggle with the ability that most of us take for granted. Impulse control disorders include things like kleptomania (stealing), pyromania (setting fires), pathological gambling, uncontrollable outbursts of rage and trichotillomania (pulling out and/or eating of one’s own hair). Committing the acts gives the affected people gratification and relief, but afterwards they often feel guilt and ...

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Children With Autism And SPD Show Differences in Brain Wiring

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Since over 90% of children with autism also have issues with sensory processing, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can be difficult to pinpoint. But researchers have found that children with SPD have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions that are different than those found in autism. Identifying these differences could help with the development of autism and Asperger’s treatment.

The research was published in the journal PLOS ONE and is the first study to compare structural connectivity in the ...

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Teen Sleep Patterns And Mental Health

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Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 2.24.07 PMMany teenagers suffer from insomnia or just prefer to stay up late. Strict sleep patterns are difficult to establish during adolescence since weekends are often filled with activities and weekday study sessions can go late. But according to a recent study from South Australia, teenagers are launched into a slippery slope of insomnia and poor mental health once they start delaying their bedtimes.

The University of Adelaide study ...

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How To Help A Friend With A Mental Health Concern

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Many of us spend a lot of time with our close friends, so it’s only natural to notice if someone’s behavior seems “off.” You might think it would be overstepping your boundaries to talk to your friend about mental health, but in fact, offering your support may mean everything. Obviously, anyone with a possible mental illness should seek out behavioral health services for assistance.

The three most important things you can do for your friend are:

1. Schedule a talk in ...

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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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