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Chew and spit: high rate of eating disorder warning sign among school kids

New Australian research into body image and eating disorders in adolescents has found an alarming rise in the prevalence of chewing and spitting out food. More than one in ten of the cohort of over 5,000 11- to 19-year-olds reported having spat out food at least once per week, with 2.5% having done so four [...]

Bushfires can make kids scared and anxious: here are 5 steps to help them cope

More than 600 schools have been closed, and some damaged, in recent days as bushfires rage across Queensland and New South Wales. Some students have been urgently evacuated while in school. People have lost homes and animals and are experiencing significant distress. Research shows somewhere between 7% and 45% of children suffer depression after experiencing [...]

By |2019-11-25T12:50:45+11:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Treating suspected autism at 12 months of age improves children’s language skills

Therapies given to infants before they receive a diagnosis of autism may lead to important improvements in their language abilities, according to our new research published today in the journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. Children with autism typically begin therapy after receiving a diagnosis, which usually doesn’t occur until at least two years of [...]

By |2019-11-11T14:29:28+11:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 surprising ways to help an anxious child calm down

When we think about support for anxiety, as with most mental health conditions, we're most likely to think of therapy and other fairly cerebral measures. But when someone is in the midst of an anxious situation, their ability to think and reason is severely impaired because their brain is being flooded with adrenaline. This is [...]

By |2019-11-04T15:04:20+11:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Overall time on social media not related to teen anxiety and depression, study finds

The argument has raged back and forth in recent years on the presence and nature of a link between youth social media use and mental health outcomes. In an eight-year longitudinal study recently conducted by Brigham Young University, one finding stood out: the sheer amount of time spent using social media did not correlate to [...]

By |2019-11-01T13:13:22+11:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Social Media|0 Comments

For people with a mental illness, loved ones who care are as important as formal supports

People living with mental illness often require support from carers, such as family and friends, on a long-term and somewhat unpredictable basis. But these support networks are not always in place. Geographical or emotional distance from family members, conflict with friends, and the tendency for people with mental illness to withdraw from others means these [...]

By |2019-10-22T11:13:06+11:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Are we teaching children to be afraid of exams?

Some Australian students are reportedly shunning Year 12 exams in favour of more favourable, and less stressful, pathways to finishing school. These reports come amid warnings of rising rates of anxiety and depression among young people, with psychologists calling for better mental health support services in schools. Experts say exam stress could be making depression [...]

By |2019-10-22T11:13:06+11:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Don’t calm down! 4 ways to harness exam anxiety

Two-thirds of young people experience levels of exam stress that mental health organisation ReachOut describes as “worrying”. Research shows high levels of exam stress can interfere with attention and reduce working memory, leading to lower performance. Early experiences of anxiety and stress can also set a precedent for mental-health problems in adulthood. But how we [...]

By |2019-10-22T11:13:06+11:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How music therapy can help anxious children

According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety. Of course, a degree of anxiety or worry may be a normal state of affairs for young people – particularly when [...]

How a Minecraft world has built a safe online playground for autistic kids

For autistic children, online social interactions can be just as fraught as those in the offline world. The community at Autcraft, which is built around a customised version of the popular game Minecraft, has set out to create a safe virtual playground. In the process, they may be demonstrating the kind of filtered, structured environment [...]

By |2019-10-08T12:47:00+11:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments