Results for: Children’s Mental Health

The Cost of Budget Cuts Affecting Montana’s Most Vulnerable

The Cost of Budget Cuts Affecting Montana’s Most Vulnerable

It is easy to dismiss the budget cuts being considered by the Department of Public Health and Human Services as an easy way to save money.  However, the latest round of proposed cuts to home support services and therapeutic foster care create a potentially serious...

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

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....

Rescuing Julia Twice: Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder

Rescuing Julia Twice: Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder

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...

Understanding Teen Suicide: Tips for Prevention

Understanding Teen Suicide: Tips for Prevention

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...

Teen Depression and Anxiety: What Parents Can Do

Teen Depression and Anxiety: What Parents Can Do

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...

Moving Out Of Poverty Linked To Kids’ Mental Health (STUDY)

Moving Out Of Poverty Linked To Kids’ Mental Health (STUDY)

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,...

Bullied teens twice as likely to bring weapons to school

Bullied teens twice as likely to bring weapons to school

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...

Preventing Teen Suicide: What the Evidence Shows

Preventing Teen Suicide: What the Evidence Shows

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...

Understanding Grief and Loss in Foster Children

Understanding Grief and Loss in Foster Children

The Spruce - April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft When a child enters your home, whether through adoption or foster care, they come with a tremendous amount of grief and loss. Losses that include birth parents, extended family, home, pets, neighborhoods, schools, friends,...

Here’s how parents can help their kids who have ADHD

Here’s how parents can help their kids who have ADHD

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...

Depression: What Parents Need to Know

Depression: What Parents Need to Know

Mental health issues affect 1 out of 5 children and teens in the United States. Depression is among one of the most common mental health issues for youth, affecting anywhere from 10% to 15% of kids.

How to Reach Out for Help

How to Reach Out for Help

Reaching out for help can be the scariest step for families. Here is what getting help with Youth Dynamics looks like for most families in our services.

Echoes of the Past: Childhood Incarceration and Adult Health

Echoes of the Past: Childhood Incarceration and Adult Health

Law enforcement in the United States arrests 1.3 million youth and children every year. In Montana alone, over 4,000 youth were arrested in 2014. These high numbers make it crucial to learn how involvement with the justice system influences the development and health...

Five Benefits of Dogs in Children’s Mental Health Services

Five Benefits of Dogs in Children’s Mental Health Services

The practice of animal assisted therapy has been growing in research and application. Research shows that the elderly, adults, adolescents, and children benefit from the presence of animals. Therapy animals are found in settings ranging from assisted living to...

Six Tips to Calm an Anxious Child

Six Tips to Calm an Anxious Child

Clinician, Beth Breen, discusses useful tips for helping children manage anxiety.    Tip 1. Routine and Structure Simply being an adult who responds to a child in a consistent and reliable manner who they see on a regular basis can help them to manage anxiety in their...