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The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Crisis: Addressing the Growing Concern

There is a growing concern in our field, and one that requires our immediate attention: a mental health crisis affecting children and adolescents. The American Psychological Association, for example, declared in January 2023 that “Kids’ mental health is in crisis.” And CBS News helped summarize the breadth and urgency, saying:  […] Read More

Understanding Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Types and Coping Strategies

Anxiety is a universal and necessary emotion, but when it takes root in the minds of children and adolescents, its effects can be particularly challenging. In a world where pressures from school, peer relationships, and the ever-present digital landscape continue to intensify, understanding and addressing anxiety in young minds has […] Read More

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Preventing Suicide: National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a solemn yet vital occasion to address a global crisis that claims the lives of too many individuals each year. Let’s work together to shed some light upon the darkness that shrouds this deeply sensitive topic.  Suicide, often spoken of in hushed tones or […] Read More

Exploring Grief and its Impact on Mental Health: National Grief Awareness Day

Grief is a universal human experience that knows no boundaries of age, culture, or background. It’s an emotion that touches us all at some point in our lives, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts and minds. As we come together to observe National Grief Awareness Day (on August 30), […] Read More

Neurodivergence in Females: Recognizing Missed Diagnoses of Autism and ADHD

Even as our understanding of neurodiversity is expanding, it’s becoming increasingly evident that the recognition of neurodivergence, particularly in females and those assigned female at birth (AFAB), has been obscured by stereotypes and biases. Let’s take a closer look at an often overlooked aspect of neurodiversity – the missed diagnoses […] Read More

Unraveling PTSD and Social Anxiety in Children and Adolescents 

As we have discussed before in our series on bullying, the mental well-being of children and adolescents is of utmost importance. And often, too little attention is paid to the nuances and therapeutic needs of children until they are already in crisis. As caregivers, educators, and concerned individuals, understanding the […] Read More

Screening for Sleep Disorders

The Crucial Connection: Screening for Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Mental Health Issues Alongside ADHD 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become an increasingly prevalent diagnosis for people of all ages. Characterized by difficulties in sustaining attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, ADHD can significantly impact an individual’s daily functioning and overall well-being.   While much attention has been focused on managing the core symptoms of ADHD, there remains a […] Read More

Treatment for Kids Affected by Bullying

Exploring Aggressive Behavior and Bullying in Children – Part 3: Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents Affected by Bullying

In this third segment of our series on bullying, we focus on trauma treatment for those affected by bullying. As victims of bullying endure repeated acts of aggression, they often suffer from deep-seated trauma that can have long-lasting effects on their development and mental health. By exploring trauma-informed care we […] Read More

Reverse Bullying

Bullying in Children Part 2: Exclusion

Welcome to part 2 of our blog series on Exploring Aggressive Behavior and Bullying in Children. In our previous installment, we explored the cycle of bullying. Here, we’ll shift our focus to a lesser-known yet equally significant aspect of bullying: “Reverse Bullying” and its impact on children. While bullying often […] Read More

Comorbidities

5 Things to Know About Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Mental Health

Comorbidities of mental health are much more common than many people realize, and one of the most common comorbidities is co-occurring eating disorders and mental health issues. Also, the statistics significantly back this up. According to Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology, “At least 80% of anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa […] Read More

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