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Should You Disclose Your Child's Medical Record To Their School?

Pacer | Posted 08.26.2016 | Parents

“Should You Disclose Your Child’s Medical Record to Their School?” originally appeared on and was reprinted with permission. How muc...

The Difference 20 Years Makes for Children

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.19.2017 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I meet many 20-year-olds on the cusp of aging out of foster care. So many have beaten the odds and are on the path to successful adulthood. Others still struggle to find that path. All have faced trauma, often a lack of education and other hardships that have long-lasting effects.

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.23.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

'My Child Has Bipolar Disorder, But Please Don't Punish Her For It'

Pacer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents

The stigma surrounding mental-health conditions is very real, and it can be devastating for children who experience it. Take Tara, 11, who started being left out of activities once she told her best friend, Amanda, that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

A Diagnosis Is Not the End of the World

Julie M Green | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

My kid's diagnosis was nothing short of liberating. Don't get me wrong. Hearing those four words, "Your son has autism" were accompanied by an emotional tsunami. But mostly what I felt was relief because finally, finally, my gut hunch had been confirmed.

Medicated Children: Anxiety and Depression in Children Today

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

There has been a sharp rise in anxiety, depression and mental health disorders in children since the early 1990s. Approximately 13 to 20 percent of ch...

On Being the Parent of a Seriously Ill Child

Millicent Monks | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Millicent Monks

I wish I could offer brilliant ways to cope with someone who is seriously mentally ill. My daughter and I have some good times together and we love her very much.

Lunch Letters: The Little Things We Can Do to Brighten Our Child's Day

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Jason P. Stadtlander

Write your kids some notes and stick them in their lunch. You never know what impact you have in their lives with such a small thing that takes no time at all.

Honoring Our Littlest Warriors

Linda Davidson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Linda Davidson

Survey results consistently find that four out of five military children deal with increased stress and anxiety when a parent is deployed overseas or recovering from severe injury.

Study Finds Health Benefit To Day Care

Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/19/2013 04:43 PM EDT on LiveScience Day care may reduce the risk of emotional proble...

Catherine Pearson

What Parents Need To Know About DSM-5 | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Parents

On Friday, the American Psychiatric Association announced the release of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the first major r...

Feed Your Brain, Feed Your Life: The Science of Everyday Mindfulness

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Research in mindfulness has exploded exponentially over the last decade, suggesting improvements in both physical and mental health.

Childhood ADHD May Lead To Bigger Issues Later On

Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Mon Mar 4, 2013 12:07am EST (Reuters Health) - Nearly a third of people diagnosed as children with attention defici...

How to Talk to a Child About a Parent's Addiction

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

In this impossible situation, what can parents, caretakers or other adults say to their children? How do they explain the wreckage of addiction to someone who, at a young age, has already been overexposed to some of the darkest potentialities of life?

Experts Warn About 'Huge Gaps' In Kids' Mental Health Care

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents

* Huge gaps in mental health for children * Most disorders appear before high school * Only one-quarter of kids who need...

We Need to Talk About Mental Health

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 02.26.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

With the recent Newtown shooting, debates about lax gun control have flared up. It isn't necessarily about the guns.

The Hypocrisy Behind the Gun Lobby's Focus on Mental Illness

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

Not only are NRA-affiliated spokespeople ignorant about mental illness, but they deceptively use the issue to fool people into thinking that they have broader social concerns. In any real "national conversation," about mental illness and violence, the NRA and its proxies would be mute.

Children's Mental Health After the Shooting in Newtown

Eva Alisic, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva Alisic, Ph.D.

In the wake of a disaster of horrific impact and proportions, many wonder about children's responses to traumatic events and how best to support them.

Is Mental Illness a Bigger Threat to Kids than Physical Illness?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.26.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

As parents, our children's health ranks among our top priorities. When fall arrives and flu season begins, we notice every cough and feel for signs of fever. But how attuned are we to mental health symptoms in our kids?

Soaring Numbers of Children on Powerful Adult Psychiatric Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A recent blog of mine described how unethical and illegal drug company activities have driven the prescription of antipsychotic drugs to children. Now the "success" of this campaign has been documented in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

A Push For Meditation In Schools In America

Robert Piper | Posted 09.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

If we can train our children with good habits, it will improve every aspect of our county. By incorporating more mindfulness-based practices into education and society, we can greatly improve America.

Stakes Are High For Children Who Live Through Chronic Financial Instability

Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents

By Rebecca Ruiz Drew McWilliams, a clinician and the Chief Operating Officer at Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Ore., suggests that...

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.

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.

The Kids Are Not All Right

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

There are just too many young people suffering and too many parents wondering what they didn't see. Evidence of this heightened anxiety is much discussed and well understood.