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November 2017

Five Ways to Build Self-Esteem

By | 2017-11-22T13:00:58+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

For Melanie Fennell, a British clinical psychologist, self-esteem is a short-hand for the collection of beliefs you have about yourself and the type of person that you are. When our self-esteem is positive then we often believe that we are good enough to manage the challenges we come across at work, with friends or in [...]

How to Spot Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Kids & Teens

By | 2017-11-22T12:56:21+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , , |

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and two other anxiety disorders - separation anxiety and social anxiety - are among the most commonly experienced psychiatric problems in youngsters. Similar to adult estimates, girls are about twice as likely as boys to have GAD. GAD symptoms are distressing and can be impairing not just for the child or teen; the family [...]

Teens on Digital Detox – The Shocking Results

By | 2017-11-22T12:56:14+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

I never realised just how damaging our obsession with smartphones and our switched-on lifestyle was, nor how addictive screen time was, until I put my teenagers on an extended digital detox. The results were swift and shocking, raising the question of just what is happening to the selfie generation and whether we have more to fear [...]

Alcohol Puts Teens at Risk of Insomnia

By | 2017-11-22T12:56:08+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |

A new study has examined the development of mental health problems and resilience among at-risk youth. It may be considered as one of the most common "sleep aids" people employ to help them drift off at night, but according to a recent study, alcohol can actually be a roadblock to good sleep in teenagers. The [...]

Depression Not a Single Disease

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:47+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

A group of researchers say depression would be better treated if it was classified into 12 different disorders. There are calls for a major overhaul of the way depression is diagnosed and treated to better recognise its triggers. A group of international psychologists have challenged the classification of 'major depression' and argue it would be [...]

Twitter Posts May Reveal Onset of Depression

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:45+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Here’s a phrase that psychiatrists will either love or hate: “State-space temporal analysis suggests that onset of depression may be detectable from Twitter data several months prior to diagnosis.” Indeed, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont, Stanford, and Harvard found that depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can often be detected by [...]

Be a Guide, Not a Guard and Raise a Happy, Responsible Kid

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:37+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Be a guide, not a guard” perfectly describes the kinds of parenting behaviors that create happy and responsible children. It’s a term I learned at a recent training session focused on reducing controlling parenting behaviors. When I ask parents “what have you tried to help change your child’s behavior?” little breaks my heart more than hearing a [...]

How Focused Attention Can Help Our Kids Battle Stress and Anxiety

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:32+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , |

In the midst of my worst moments of anxiety and panic, I would focus incessantly on the physical sensation and fear that it was something serious and harmful. But, as I learned over time from several experts, my attention was directed on the wrong thing. What if I could shift my focus to something else – [...]

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:30+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn’t mean he won’t cry when he’s sad or that he won’t fail sometimes. Mental strength won’t make your child immune to hardship – but it also won’t cause him to suppress his emotions. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It [...]

Autistic People Aren’t Really Accepted

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:25+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Up to 70% of autistic people experience mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, according to some research. Unfortunately, we still don’t know why autistic people are at a higher risk for mental health problems than non-autistic people. But one important factor is whether an individual’s autism is recognised and accepted by those around them. [...]