Sudden spurt in patient flow increases burden on mental health treatment centers

Sudden spurt in patient flow increases burden on mental health treatment centers

The United States has witnessed a steady rise in the number of mass school lately. Since 1999 when the Columbine High School massacre took place, a string of other mass school shootings followed suit. In fact, over 150,000 students, attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools in the United States, have experienced a shooting on campus since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. These statistics does not include undocumented suicides, accidents, etc. due to the exposure to an incident as horrific as mass shooting. Read more

Children of older mothers at high risk of developing autism

Children of older mothers at high risk of developing autism

Autism is a congenital disorder characterized by symptoms, such as repetitive behaviors, difficulties in social interaction, challenges in verbal and nonverbal communication, etc. According to a 2014 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 68 children in the United States suffered from autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read more

New mental illnesses - 4: Post-traumatic stress disorder in preschoolers

New mental illnesses – 4: Post-traumatic stress disorder in preschoolers

Just a few decades back, one hardly knew about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in preschool children. However, PTSD in preschool children has emerged as a growing cause of concern now. Additionally, people are now aware that any trauma and maltreatment can cause PTSD among children with an evolving mind. Read more

Identifying risk factors of ADHD

Identifying risk factors of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention and/or hyperactive or impulsive behavior which impedes the normal functioning or development of an individual. The disorder is prevalent in children aged 6-12 years, but can also continue into adulthood. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 3: Helping the bullies overcome their behavior

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 3: Helping the bullies overcome their behavior

Bullying is an act of aggression, typically by a child. It is actual or attempted injury caused to the victim by the bully on the basis of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior impacts both – the child who bullies and the child who is bullied – academically, socially and psychologically. While the victim develops fear, low self-esteem, and begins to stay aloof, the bully, who is generally physically strong, becomes insensitive towards others and develops a disregard for rules. Read more

Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Many people have heard of the term sibling rivalry. But what about stepsibling rivalry?

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Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Numerous challenges are associated with being a new stepparent. Some stepparents have an additional challenge: A member of their new family is mentally ill. This family member could be a stepchild or the new partner’s sibling.

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Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Parenting isn’t always easy, but living as a stepparent can provide its own unique set of challenges. Stepparents often feel like outsiders, unsure of how they fit in within the more traditional family unit.

Here are some helpful tips for dealing with insecurity as a stepparent.

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Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Sept. 16, 2015 marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Divorce is difficult. Entering a new family as a step-parent is difficult. Children and adolescents can have an especially hard time adjusting to the presence of a new family member — or the absence of an old family member — and may be at risk for an adjustment disorder.

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