Posts Tagged 'child psychiatrist'

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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Continue Reading →

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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