Which Symptoms of Depression Most Hamper Parenting?

Researchers at the University of Exeter have identified the symptoms of depression that are most likely linked to poor parenting. Although the link between depression and poor parenting has already been identified, this is the first time that researchers have reviewed a variety of studies in order to identify the reasons behind parenting difficulties. “We have looked at a wide range of research studies and identified multiple factors that link depression in adults to difficulties Read More

TeachME Professional Development: New CEU Courses

Steps and Tools to Address Barriers to Learning The purpose of this course is to provide strategies for schools to move forward in establishing the type of comprehensive system for addressing barriers to learning and teaching that can enable them to be more effective. The course material, provided by the UCLA Mental Health In Schools Center, also outlines planning and monitoring processes as well as resources, strategies, and practices that provide physical, social, emotional, and Read More

Depressed moms, depressed offspring: An unbroken chain?

A baby born to a woman who suffers depression during pregnancy stands a higher likelihood of becoming a depressed adolescent than does his or her nursery-mate born to a nondepressed mother, a new study finds. A large British study also found that among those with less education, a mother’s postpartum depression — as well as a father’s depression following his baby’s birth — similarly raised the odds that that offspring would go on the become Read More

ADHD Linked To Inner Ear Problems; Could Studying Poor Hearing Lead To New, Innovative ADHD Treatment?

According to Discovery Fit & Health, an inner ear dysfunction in children could cause neurological changes that lead to behavioral abnormalities related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Therefore, adolescents who suffer from inner ear problems could be at risk of developing ADHD, according to a recent study. Findings published online in the journal Science reveal that children and adolescents with severe inner ear problems could develop behavioral problems, such as hyperactivity. When a Ph.D. Read More

Helping Adults With Autism Find Meaning: Roses for Autism

There are countless great causes out there, but there is one in particular that has touched my heart, for personal reasons: Roses for Autism. As the father of a teenage son with autism, I worry a great deal about his future as an adult and how my wife and I can help him be as independent as possible. Roses for Autism was introduced to me a few years ago by a friend who knew about Read More

Healthy Kids: Recognizing mood disorders in children and adolescents

As an adult, you probably know someone – or know someone who knows someone – who suffers from major depression or bipolar disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 20.9 million American adults, or 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, have a mood disorder. Recently, what had been considered an “adult only” concern has become more common in the pediatric population. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Read More

One in Three U.S. Teens Experience Dating Violence, Girls More Likely to Get Physical

Research presented today at the American Psychological Association convention in Honolulu shows that about one in three U.S. teens ages 14 to 20 have been victims of dating violence, and about the same amount say they’ve committed relationship violence themselves. A separate study also unveiled at the convention shows that middle school bullies who engage in non-physical taunts, such as name-calling and spreading rumors, are seven times more likely than other children to commit dating Read More

Yoga for kids may help with physical and mental health

Millions of people practice yoga as a way to stay fit or for relaxation. But could it be used as medication? Nine-year-old Aaron Schaefer spent years battling debilitating migraines caused by stress. But since starting a yoga class, his headaches are gone. “When I started taking [the class], it was like a cure from heaven,” Schaefer told Ivanhoe. Researchers at Duke University are studying whether a program that combines yoga and other therapies can help Read More

Healthy Kids: What to expect when your child is in therapy

When parents decide to take a child to therapy for behavioral or emotional issues for the first time, they may have concerns about their role in the counseling process. Although every situation is different, the following is a guideline on what parents can expect their involvement to be during the therapeutic process: Preschool, elementary school • For a young child, a parent’s participation and follow-through is essential. Not only will the behavioral health professional need Read More

Film focuses on family’s struggle with attachment disorder (VIDEO)

Kellie Boutin is all too familiar with the icy stares of strangers when her grandchildren fly into a rage. People say she is a terrible grandparent. That her grandkids are spoiled brats. That she is mean. Or worse: that her grandkids are evil. They’re not evil. They’re broken, said Boutin of Hastings. Damaged in infancy by unknown and unspeakable traumas inflicted by uncaring and incapable mothers and fathers. They have reactive attachment disorder — RAD Read More