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Psycom – May 22, 2018 by Katie Hurley, LCSW Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) isn’t simply a fear of making or interacting with friends. It’s actually characterized by an intense fear of social situations in which the child might be judged or scrutinized by others. Children with social anxiety disorder experience intense feelings of…(Read More)

CBS- April 6, 2018 (CBS4) – If you are like I was five years ago, you may have a vague idea of what foster care is. That means you probably grew up surrounded by people who loved you. You may have had parents, siblings, grandparents and even a crazy aunt or uncle. Bottom line is…(Read More)

Huffington Post – April 11, 2018 by Dr. John DeGarmo Children abused. Children neglected. Children abandoned. Children being placed into foster care; a foster care system where there are not enough homes. The media and news continue to report on the shortage of foster parents and foster homes across the nation.  In Georgia and Tennessee,…(Read More)

Everyday Health- April 5, 2018 Few parents are prepared to recognize symptoms of mental health problems in their child. Do you know what to look for? Just like adults, many kids — infants and toddlers included — are plagued with mental health problems. In fact, nearly one in five children has a mental illness, and for…(Read More)

Health Day – January 15, 2018 MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they’re likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic…(Read More)

Steam Powered Family – March 7, 2018 Supporting a child with trauma history is not easy or straight forward. Trauma exposure changes everything for a child. It changes the way their brains work, the way they perceive the world, and the way their instincts react to stimulus. As a person in a trusted position with these…(Read More)

Glendive Ranger-Review, Chad Knudson – March 2, 2018 We make suggestions and the family can take it from there Conflicting viewpoints, sarcasm, raised voices and teenage defiance punctuate an interview about how one local non-profit is working to improve family life, and this says the case worker, is a family showing big signs of…(Read More)

Time – December 12, 2017 Does this scenario feel familiar? Marisa is 12-and-a-half years old. She has become moody and irritable, wants much more private time alone in her room, but spends it all socializing with friends on social media. She has little time for the family. She will “agree” to eat dinner…(Read More)

Very Well Family – Sherri Gordon The teen years are filled with all types of mean girls. From frenemies and fake friends to toxic friendships and controlling girls, their mean girl behavior from often leaves other girls feeling hurt, puzzled and distraught. This is not normal girl behavior and your daughter will have no idea how…(Read More)

The Sydney Morning Herald – Ariane Beeston I was a newly registered psychologist when my brain broke. On maternity leave from my job in child protection I had what my psychiatrist later explained as a “break from reality” – a psychotic depression. It was a softer way of saying: “I lost my f—cking mind”. While…(Read More)

Parents Magazine – Vicki Glembocki Listening to my three kids’ fresh talk was getting stale in a hurry. I was ready to try anything—and did. Find out which methods worked best. It started with a reasonable, motherly request: I asked my 7-year-old daughter, Drew, to put away the matching game she’d been…(Read More)

Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious Child Mind Institute- January 22, 2018 by Caroline Miller A 10-year-old boy named James has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says to him, he pushes the other boy, and a shoving-match ensues. When the teacher steps in to break it…(Read More)

A guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting Child Mind Institute – January 22, 2018 One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children. Whether they’re refusing to put on their shoes, or throwing full-blown tantrums, you can find yourself at a loss for…(Read More)

Everyday Health – April 29, 2014 by Tina Traster Our pediatrician, Dr. T, couldn’t have been more pleased with Julia’s progress. At 18 months, my baby was in the 95th percentile for her weight. She was talking, walking, her muscle tone was excellent. All good signs for a child adopted just 14 months earlier…(Read More)

Blessed Beyond a Doubt – January 16, 2018 It happens to just about every kid at some point – back talking. The sassy and negative replies can sneak up on a parent, but you can stop the back talking with these 4 techniques to end rude responses. Quickly defuse the situation and end the bad…(Read More)

Your child desperately wants to declare his independence. And you can let him — while staying in control. Parents Magazine – January 15, 2018 by Jennifer Benjamin As a baby your child was happy to follow your lead. But now that he’s a toddler he realizes that he doesn’t have to stay by your side…(Read More)

A guide for parents to help prevent teen suicide. Psychology Today – June 13, 2013 by Dr. Earl Turner Suicide related behaviors (e.g., suicidal ideation, self-harm, suicide attempt) are becoming more frequent among adolescents and is a major public health issue. Many have recently heard about Paris Jackson allegedly being hospitalized for a suicide…(Read More)

Time – October 27, 2016 Are you worried about your teen and don’t know what to do next?  Below is some advice from Fadi Haddad, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the author of Helping Kids in Crisis. Talk about the real stuff Sometimes conversations between parents and teens can be all about achievements…(Read More)

WebMD – December 26, 2017 by By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A girl who gets her first menstrual period early in life — possibly as young as 7 — has a greater risk for developing depression and antisocial behaviors that last at least into her 20s, a new study suggests.…(Read More)

If your child melts down, talks back, or ignores you, it could be because he’s still a little kid! Consider this a reality check. Parents Magazine – January 2, 2018 by Jennifer Benjamin As a work-at-home mom of 4-year-old twins, let me tell you: This past year was rough. Was it…(Read More)

More interventions needed to treat problem before adulthood. MedPage Today – December 18, 2017 by Molly Walker Children and adolescents who suffer adversity, including abuse, throughout childhood tend to have poorer cardiometabolic health, according to an American Heart Association committee report. All forms of abuse, including bullying, neglect, or witnessing violence, are linked to a…(Read More)

Anxious Toddlers – May 29, 2015 by Natasha Daniels Bath time a struggle? Although bath time may be relaxing for some children – there are many kids who go running in the opposite direction when they hear the word “bath.” Kids fight bath time for many different reasons. If your little ones have to be chased down…(Read More)

Could this classic discipline technique actually make the situation worse? Learn what experts recommend, including a new and improved five-step technique for giving time-outs. December 17, 2017 – Parents Magazine By Alisa Bowman Time-out certainly sounds like a brilliant fix: A child spends a few minutes sitting alone, and emerges calm and cooperative…(Read More)

Ideas to Help Promote Bonding Through Activities The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft These activities are not for every foster or adoptive parent or every foster or adoptive child. Only do what is comfortable for you and your foster/adopted child. Keep in mind: Child’s Age – Chronological and Emotional Child’s History…(Read More)

Teach your kids the true meaning of compassion and selflessness. U.S. News – December 7, 2014 by Abby Hayes One way to help your kids learn that the holiday season is about giving – not just getting – is to engage them in service projects. Even toddlers can give back to others and their community with a…(Read More)

HuffPost – March 5, 2014 by Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Moving out of impoverished neighborhoods has different effects on the mental health of boys compared to girls, and those repercussions need to be better understood before tinkering with housing policy, according to a new study. Researchers found boys had higher rates of mental…(Read More)

Understanding Teenagers – November 30, 2017 One of my axioms about working with teenagers is: “Adolescence is like gravity,  It is much easier to work with it than against it.” A lot of the talk about dealing with teenagers focuses on how to combat or overcome the forces of adolescence.  As adults it can be…(Read More)

Huffpost – May 7, 2017 by Mary Lee There are more than 400,000 foster children in state custody right now. Every year, more than 20,000 age out without being reunited with their biological family or finding a new one through adoption. Every day, another child is taken into foster care because of abuse or…(Read More)

Cuts and stretched services are affecting the mental health of carers in the sector, with many too ashamed to seek help. The Guardian- March 22, 2017 by Emily Reynolds Understanding around mental health is improving: campaigns such as Time To Change have drawn public awareness to the issue and employers are realizing the affects of…(Read More)

Reuters – November 27, 2017 by Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – One in five teens are victims of bullying, and these adolescents are about twice as likely to bring guns and knives to school than peers who aren’t bullied, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined how high school students answered three survey questions: how often…(Read More)

Sunshine and Hurricanes – November 28th, 2017 by Michelle Meyers Parenting a teen (or tween) isn’t easy. We have certainly heard all the horror stories of defiance, disrespect and general disinterest. But, often such tales of teenage turbulence are wildly exaggerated.   Teens may have a reputation for unsettling their parents and wreaking havoc on family…(Read More)

The New York Times – August 17, 2017 by Aaron E. Carroll Rates of teen suicide continue to rise, federal health officials reported this month, with rates for girls higher than at any point in the last 40 years. A rational response would be to engage in evidence-based measures to try to reverse this course…(Read More)

Psychotherapy Networker – October 1, 2012 by Janet Sasson Edgette “How do I get her to talk about her feelings?” asks Jean, a counseling intern about to meet 13-year-old Hannah for an initial appointment. “I’m not sure what to say to her.” Hannah will be the first client Jean has seen without a…(Read More)

Mental Floss – February 2, 2012 by Kathy Benjamin For everyone who is or was a teen, here are some scientific explanations for why they behave that way. 1. Risk Taking All teenagers take stupid risks that they one day look back on and wonder what the heck they were thinking. But studies have found…(Read More)

WTOP – October 11, 2017 by Teta Alim WASHINGTON — October is ADHD Awareness Month, bringing attention to people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For parents with children who may have ADHD, it’s important to recognize symptoms and learn how they can better help. Former public school teacher Ann Dolin, with Educational Connections Inc. and…(Read More)

It is no secret that there is a lot of stigma that surrounds mental health.  It’s time to break that stigma and start talking about a condition that affects 1 in 5 Americans. So why don’t people want to talk about mental health?  Most people aren’t hesitant to talk about a physical…(Read More)