Posts Tagged 'child psychiatrist'

Childhood Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms, Signs And Facts

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Bipolar disorder is more than shifting moods. It’s a chronic brain disorder most commonly marked by bouts of extreme and often impairing changes in thinking, mood and behavior. Symptoms may emerge gradually or suddenly, and they can appear at any time in a person’s life. Researchers have identified cases of bipolar disorder in every age group studied, including preschoolers.

Childhood bipolar disorder, also known as pediatric bipolar disorder, is much less commonly diagnosed than adults with the disorder. In fact, its ...

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October is ADD/ADHD Awareness Month

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In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the month that the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to coffee shops everywhere, October is also ADD/ADHD Awareness Month. In fact, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, which started as ADHD Awareness Day back in 2004. To commemorate the month, here are a few ...

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Your Autistic Child and Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner and just about every family is getting ready to celebrate with costumes, candy and festivities. But for families that have a child facing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be overwhelming. A child with ASD might be in for anxiety and more when they’re exposed to more interaction with ...

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Moving Past Inertia: Make a Decision, Any Decision

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We’ve all had moments of feeling stuck, unsure and unable to make a decision. But what happens when that feeling grows and magnifies and an initial feeling of being stuck gives way to avoidance and you soon find yourself mired in the quicksand of indecision?

Sometimes, we can push out of it by exploring it and asking ourselves what could possibly be causing the inertia? Is it a surface fear? Is there a deeper underlying reason? But there are times when ...

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Decoding The Different Types of ADD/ADHD

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Sometimes, it’s obvious when someone has ADHD…there’s the constant fidgeting, getting easily distracted and leaving things unfinished. But sometimes it’s a lot more difficult to tell when someone has it. That’s because ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. As any child psychiatrist will tell you, there are actually several types of ADHD and they all require different treatment plans.

Dr. Daniel Amen, an MD, psychiatrist and ADHD expert, has divided the types of ADHD into seven. His seven subtypes were ...

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Mothers Of Autistic Kids Benefit From Peer-Led Support Groups

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The benefits of group therapy and women’s group sessions are widely known. They help people feel supported and less alone with their problems. Now, new research from Vanderbilt University indicates that peer-led support groups that target the wellbeing of mothers with developmentally disabled children can reduce maternal stress, depression and anxiety.

The mental health of these mothers is critically important since parents of children with autism and other developmental issues experience higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than mothers ...

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How Parental Involvement Helps Kids Succeed In School

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For those with children, September is a month of transition as young students adjust to being back at school. If your children have OCD, ADHD or anything else that interferes with their learning, they’re probably already getting some help from a child psychiatrist. But it doesn’t end there. Positive parental involvement will help children succeed in school, and every new year is a new opportunity to put helpful supports in place.

It’s certainly not a controversial statement to say that ...

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Eating Disorders: Mentally And Physically Unhealthy

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Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder are categorized as mental illnesses. People with eating disorders not only have unhealthy relationships with food, but also typically struggle with body image issues and a disruption in their normal activities. In addition, they can be affected by physical symptoms such as lowered immune systems and weakened hearts. Now Finnish researchers have found that people with eating disorders are at an increased risk of developing autoimmune disorders as well.

In the study, published in ...

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Autistic Children Have Extra Brain Synapses

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Scientists and doctors are continuously studying autism in order to improve the quality of autism and Asperger’s treatment. Columbia University Medical Center recently reported that children and teens with autism have a surplus of synapses in their brains, and the excess is due to a slowing of a normal brain “pruning” process during development. Synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the extra synapses likely have a profound effect on how the brain functions.

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What Anxiety Disorders Really Look Like

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To someone who does not suffer from anxiety, anxiety disorders probably seem very strange. The popular opinion seems to be that people should just “think mind over matter” and simply “get over it.” Unfortunately anxiety disorders are much more complicated than that. They can be severely debilitating. While seeking appropriate behavioral health services will help, living with an anxiety disorder means constantly struggling with the strange thoughts and behaviors that threaten an otherwise healthy life.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

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Why Children With ADHD Sometimes Make Poor Choices

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Children with ADHD certainly aren’t bad children. Still, students with ADHD often make poorer decisions than their classmates. Recent research shows that different learning and decision-making mechanisms are responsible for these behaviors—in other words, it’s simply how their brains are wired. ADHD children who receive behavioral therapy from a child psychiatrist often have the advantage due to learning coping skills.

Everyone makes hundreds of different choices every day, many of them with minimal impact. But for someone with ADHD, it ...

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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 ...

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