This study is the first investigation of anxiety and mood disorders in childhood and adulthood using clinical diagnoses in a large whole-population study of very preterm and very-low-birth-weight individuals as compared to individuals born at term.
Children’s mental health is vitally important to the future well-being of our society. There’s a vast body of research establishing the importance of individuals’ formative years to their later emotional health. The abuse and neglect of our most vulnerable remains one of our most vexing problems. Here you can find stories on the foster care system, parenting practices, school discipline, bullying, and other important issues that affect children’s mental health.
I am a woman of child-bearing age, and for some reason, I get asked about when I’ll have children all too often in our modern society. I also happen to be bipolar. This combination presents some challenges that men in my position will never face. People’s opinions about women having children affect my ability to Read more
Children in the Galveston and Hill Country areas are going to be without state-funded speech, occupational and physical therapy services as two more providers prepare to leave the Early Childhood Intervention program.
Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school. The study also found that – separately – poor mental health can lead to exclusion from school.
The study by the University of Texas and the University of Michigan finds the more a child gets spanked — defined by an open hand on the backside — the more likely they were to defy their parents. In fact, it was discovered that children who receive spankings are more likely to be anti-social, aggressive Read more
Childhood adversity (ie, experiences of loss and/or abuse) is significantly associated with later onset of personality disorder and higher levels of psychiatric distress, according to a new study published in Personality and Mental Health.
Young children can be very vocal in showing their emotions: crying, shouting, kicking or throwing toys around. But when they reach early adolescence, psychological problems can become more acute, less easy to detect and even more difficult to fix.
Family told members of the nongovernmental National Commission for Child Protection that they shackled their son to prevent him from disturbing the community. They come from a poor family where there is little awareness of mental health conditions. His parents believe he has a spiritual problem and consulted a faith healer but without success.
The number of children and young people seeking help from mental health services has spiked in the wake of recent terror attacks in England, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
About three-quarters of the 4.5 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are kids, while the remaining beneficiaries are primarily pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicaid covers more than half of all births in Texas, which has the highest uninsured rate in the United States.
With the constant stress of the recent news cycle, I’ve never felt the urgency of helping children learn mindfulness, coping strategies and social emotional health skills more than I do right now — both for their own sake and to ensure these capacities are baked-in for our future leaders.
It is time to end the imprisonment of mothers and children who seek asylum protection in the U.S. after fleeing violence in Central America and other troubled countries.
Keith Conners, whose work with hyperactive children established the first standards for diagnosing and treating what is now known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D. — and who late in life expressed misgivings about how loosely applied that label had become — died on July 5 in Durham, N.C. He was 84.
For women battling depression, the decision over whether or not to continue their antidepressant during a pregnancy can be a difficult one. A new study finds little risk of intellectual disability in children whose mothers take these pills while pregnant.
Studies have found elevated rates of autism among young people with childhood-onset schizophrenia, in which the features of schizophrenia appear before age 13 rather than in late adolescence. Research may help to explain how social cognition breaks down in each condition — which could lead to more nuanced clinical profiles and better treatments for both.
Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later.
Among the most devastating consequences of this crisis has been the thousands of children who lose their parents to addiction every day. These children have flooded the foster care system, and their cases have exhausted social services.
The Senate’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to sharply cut Medicaid payments to states through so-called per capita caps can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare.
Results indicated that exposure to ‘violent’ video games at age 9 was not predictive of aggression or reduced prosocial behaviors one year later. However, gaming was slightly related to increased mood symptoms like depression and anxiety, although the relationship was a small one.
Rather than focusing solely on the detrimental effects of experiencing adversity, their work, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, examines how children develop adaptive skills relevant to coping with the high-stress nature of their surrounding environment.
Removed from the home and placed in the child welfare system because of evidence of abuse or neglect, these children are already facing trauma that no child should experience–yet on top of all of that, for decades, they have been denied common normal childhood activities.tr
Every kindergartener can tell you about the food pyramid, that you should wash your hands after using the restroom, and that smoking is bad. impossible to further the discussion on mental health at a later age if it isn’t profoundly familiar in the same way as germs, or cancer, or heart disease.
Brutal fighting and years living under ISIS have left Mosul’s children with dangerous levels of psychological damage, new research by Save the Children shows. Experts found children are so deeply scarred by memories of extreme violence they are living in constant fear for their lives, unable to show emotions, and suffering from vivid ‘waking nightmares’.
A typical mental health first aid course includes a focus on signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm and eating disorders. But is a two-day course enough to cover the huge age and gender differences in how mental health is perceived by children and the subjective needs and experiences of individual children, as outlined Read more
Most of us remember kids at school who seemed a little different – less sociable, more introverted and fragile, perhaps – and that they often seemed to be the ones to get picked on or rejected. Maybe you remember because you were one of those kids and you know what is was like to not Read more
A recent randomized clinical trial demonstrated the efficacy of a brief behavioral intervention delivered in a primary care setting for youth with anxiety and depression.
Telemedicine, which connects doctors and patients virtually, has made a big difference in North Texas schools for students with physical issues. This fall, the same technology will be available to connect students and their behavioral therapists in a pilot program from Children’s Health.
Clarity Child Guidance Center (CGC) is the only not-for-profit organization in South Texas providing crisis assessment, inpatient, outpatient and day treatment mental health care to children ages 3-17 years of age. The CGC offers the region’s largest concentration of child and adolescent psychiatrists, with its onsite affiliation with Southwest Psychiatric Physicians.