9May, 2016
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Mental Illness in Children

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Mental disorders in children are quite common, occurring in about one-quarter of this age group in any given year. The most common childhood mental disorders are anxiety disorders, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although less common, developmental disorders and psychotic disorders in children can have a lifelong impact on the child and his or her family. As in any age group, there tends to be no single cause for mental illness in children. In addition to the specific symptoms of each mental disorder, children with a psychiatric illness can […]
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26Apr, 2016
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Children and Divorce

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Helping Kids Cope with Separation and Divorce For children, divorce can be stressful, sad, and confusing. At any age, kids may feel uncertain or angry at the prospect of mom and dad splitting up. As a parent, you can make the process and its effects less painful for your children. Helping your kids cope with divorce means providing stability in your home and attending to your children’s needs with a reassuring, positive attitude. It won’t be a seamless process, but these tips can help your children cope. Helping children cope […]
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1Apr, 2016
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How Is Mental Illness in Children Diagnosed

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According to a surgeon general, approximately one out of every five children has a diagnosable mental illness. Children, however, are developing mentally and physically, and their behavior may be difficult to analyze. Actions such as anxiety, anger, and shyness can be a part of developmental growth or a temporary condition rather than an illness. When troubling behaviors occur over a period of time or in a way that disrupts daily life, they are considered symptoms of a disorder. Diagnosis usually begins with a medical doctor who takes a lengthy history and […]
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31Mar, 2016
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Psychological Testing and Children

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The decision to have your child evaluated is a difficult one. Many people grapple with making this decision because they are unsure of its benefits. Your child’s unique needs, strengths, and challenges will be assessed through a variety of psychological testing techniques. Our culturally diverse professionals will help you to work with your child to achieve the best outcome. What is Psychological Evaluation? A psychological evaluation is a set of assessment procedures administered by a licensed psychologist to obtain information about a student’s learning, behavior, or mental health. Evaluations can […]
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10Mar, 2016
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Children’s Mental Health

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Children’s mental health is without a doubt the most important aspect of any child’s social and cognitive development.­ Children need to have a good mental health status if they are going to live up to their full potential and truly live a life that is filled with positive experiences and the willingness to do what is best for themselves and the people around them. There are a myriad of factors that can impact a child’s mental health status, both positively and negatively.Providing childrenwith an environment that demonstrates love, compassion, trust, […]
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12Feb, 2016
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Children’s Mental Health Facts

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Young people can have mental, emotional, and behavioral problems that are real, painful, and costly. These problems, often called “disorders,” are sources of stress for children and their families, schools, and communities. The number of young people and their families who are affected by mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders is significant. It is estimated that as many as one in five children and adolescents may have a mental health disorder that can be identified and require treatment. Mental health disorders in children and adolescents are caused by biology, environment, or […]
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22Jan, 2016
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Nomophobia & Smartphone Addiction Among Children

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The term “addiction” is usually associated with alcoholism and drug abuse. Yet people do get addicted to different stimulants that are quite legal substances. Smartphones changed our primary concept of a cell phone. It is no longer used strictly to establish audio communication. Smartphones allow us to have our camera, GPS navigator, video game terminal, and even our own library in hand. Nevertheless, the biggest and most important aspect is that a smartphone gives us access to the Internet. Nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia) is defined as the fear of being out of cell phone contact. […]
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20Jan, 2016
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The importance of children at play

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In the early stages of life, peer play is an important factor in the developmental growth of a child. It is during play and children’s interactions with peers when many essential and vital skills are learned, from social connections to emotional, language, and cognitive abilities. Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami (UM) College of Arts & Sciences Dr. Rebecca J. Bulotsky-Shearer is fully aware of how interactive play is necessary for a child’s growth; her research centers on social and emotional development in children – especially children […]
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14Jan, 2016
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Why lying is a sign of healthy mental growth for small children

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Child-rearing trends might seem to blow with the wind, but most adults would agree that preschool children who have learned to talk shouldn’t lie. But learning to lie, it turns out, is an important part of learning in general—and something to consider apart from fibbing’s ethical implications. The ability to bend the truth is a developmental milestone, much like walking and talking. Research led by Kang Lee, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, shows that lying begins early in precocious children. Among verbal 2-year-olds, 30% try to pull […]
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4Jan, 2016
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5 Helpful Tips to Help Children Manage Stress

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Being a kid these days is intense. Here’s how to help your child cope with the pressure. You know how awful stress makes you feel. But seeing stress on your child’s face or hearing it in his or her voice? That feels even worse! You recognize these feelings oh so well — overwhelm, anxiety, exhaustion, restlessness, irritability, and a mind racing with less-than-helpful thoughts. It doesn’t matter how big, small, or “real” you think the threat is, to your child some challenges of childhood (and young adulthood) seem larger or […]
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