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Child Mental Health

10 Behaviors That Would Worry Even A Child Therapist

Natasha Daniels | Posted 08.25.2016 | Parents
Natasha Daniels

As parents we worry, that is what most of us do. But how do you differentiate what behaviors are common and what behaviors are something to worry about? Sometimes it is hard to tell. In my practice parents voice many concerns, many of which are easy to address and are typical for the developmental phase their kids are in.

Reunification Month: Teaming Up For Families

Matthew Melmed | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Matthew Melmed

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Safe Babies Court Teams aim to break a dysfunctional cycle by aligning resources and addressing the individual and underlying needs of parents - prior to and following reunification or other permanency outcome.

5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Child Anxiety

Natasha Daniels | Posted 12.01.2016 | Parents
Natasha Daniels

Over the years I have found some common misunderstandings about anxiety in my practice. If you know anxiety like I do -- this list may not surprise you at all. For some of you however -- it might shed some new light on anxiety.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: May 7, 2015

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Dr. Victor Schwartz

The Jed Foundation is honored to be partnering with SAMHSA in celebrating this important event in helping raise awareness of adolescent and young adult mental health.

Stuck Outside the Poor Door

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The contrast between the haves and have-nots might be especially stark at that New York building, but millions of families across the country are finding themselves on the wrong side of the poor door.

What Kids Actually Think About Sheryl Sandberg, Leaning In, and 'Ban Bossy'

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Everyone agreed: "bossy" isn't a great word, and it is used more often to refer to girls. The girls disliked the word bossy more than the boys did, sure. But here's what's interesting: when we asked the first graders about the word "leader," they were more positive but not overwhelmingly so.

Newtown and the Nation's Mental Health

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

There have been 29 mass shootings in the United States between the events of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School and the Dec. 14, 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I propose these shootings were, in part, a health care issue.

I Could Have Been a Killer's Psychiatrist

Suzan Song | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Suzan Song

In the past five years, I've had two severe clients who could have been one of the mass murderers that have disrupted America recently.  Thankfully, the school, police, family, social workers, case managers, and myself all worked together to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

It's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: Know the Signs, Make a Difference

Tamar Chansky | Posted 05.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

It's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week -- and with it, the opportunity for parents, teachers, coaches and troop leaders to make a difference in a child's life by keeping on the look out for signs that a child is struggling with a mental health issue.

Tackling One of the Biggest Threats to Our Children: Suicide

Richard Attias | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard Attias

While I usually speak about economic issues or geopolitic or global issues, today I would like to discuss an issue that's about care for our kids, about the next generation and about a specific danger they are facing: suicide.

Why Bébé Doesn't Have ADHD

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

How come the epidemic of ADHD -- which has established itself firmly in the United States -- has almost completely passed over children in France?

How to Help Young Men? Start When They're Children

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 12.11.2011 | Impact
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

We have every reason to believe, however, that early intervention is the cheapest and the most effective way to ensure that black and Latino boys can take advantage of education opportunities and be prepared for the job market.

D.C.'s Youth Deserve a Less Violent Future

David Catania | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
David Catania

On March 30, 2010, four young people lost their lives in a hail of gunfire on South Capitol Street S.E. All District residents deserve better than to live in a city where this sort of unspeakable violence is possible.

Don't Let Your Marriage Be A Casualty Of Your Child's Mental Illness

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

If couples with typically developing children need things like "date nights" to keep their relationships alive, parents of children who are unusually needy or disruptive need and deserve it even more.

Understanding Why Teens Love Disaster, Distress And Dystopian Lit

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

These books that deal with anorexia, cyber-bullying, self-mutilation, alcoholic parents, and vampiric sex strike a nerve with teenagers because of the intense developmental and social changes they're experiencing.

Two Tragically Lost Children: Christina Taylor Green and Her Killer

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Christina Taylor Green's activism and passionate concern for her country is something we can all embrace to help save other lives from being lost. The critical condition of mental health care is the "real" elephant in our shared house.

Will The FDA Whitewash Electroconvulsive Therapy?

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Breggin

For decades the FDA has allowed electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to be used without requiring any proof of safety or efficacy. The machines and the tre...

Why Are People So Divided When It Comes To Children's Mental Health?

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

There are many important and complicated issues in child mental health. We're only beginning to understand healthy brain development and what happens in the brain when psychiatric disorders emerge.

Changing How We Think And Talk About Child Psychiatric Disorders

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Children's lives can veer off course due to the maladaptive coping and biological processes that underlie psychiatric disorders; and their lives can be improved with effective treatment and support.

Kids Of Deployed Soldiers Face More Mental Health Woes

Yahoo! News | Maureen Salamon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Children of deployed military face numerous stressors, including frequent moves, prolonged parental absences and the risk of a parent's death, the stu...

The Age of Autism

Deirdre Imus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Imus

Authors Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill have for the first time traced the roots of autism beginning in the 1930s. What they found is electrifying and suggests the debate is about to heat up again.

Mental Health And The Family Tree

Craig Garner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Garner

Unlike cancer or heart disease, psychiatric disorders continue to stand as an enigma to much of the modern world. This often leaves those closest to the patient wondering both how to feel and what to do.

7 Myths About Child Mental Health

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Debunking myths about child mental health is critical to getting more children the help and understanding they deserve.

Solving the Mental Health Crisis for Our Children

Rosalynn Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rosalynn Carter

Today we need to acknowledge that too many children in our nation are left to struggle with a host of stressful circumstances--violence, divorce, poverty, war, to mention just a few, without effective supports.

Normal Anxiety, a Disorder, or Both?

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

While some anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, the anxiety that interferes with one's ability to function, to handle everyday situations, is a debilitating disorder.