Posts Tagged 'child psychiatry'

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 ...

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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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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.

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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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