Month: May 2016

Gang membership tied to mental health issues

Researchers at Michigan State University unraveled some alarming elements affecting mental health of young adolescents who join gangs. Emerging research discovered that kids in middle school and high school who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal. “Youth who join a gang are much more likely to have mental health issues, and being in the gang actually …

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Research finds connection between nightmares and suicidality

A study published this March by researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford has found a surprising relationship between nightmares and suicidal behaviors. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The study The research was led by Simon D. Kyle, Ph.D., a senior research …

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Parents' response to failure dictates a child's self-perception

Consider the reactions of two parents whose son has come home with a bad grade: The permissive mother simply shrugs her shoulders, accepting that he’s just not the best student, while the authoritarian father criticizes the boy’s performance, expecting only perfection. While these reactions may exist on opposite sides of the parenting spectrum, both can …

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Learn about ‘Raising Men’ with parenting tips from former Navy SEALs

The Navy SEALs are a well-known part of our military. SEALs, an acronym standing for Sea, Air and Land teams, are a special operations force who are trained to operate in all environments. These are likely some of the toughest men you can meet. Some of these Navy SEALs become fathers who provide very unique …

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Marijuana abuse diminishes the pleasure centers of the brain

Dopamine is one member of the pleasure quartet of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is released in response to pleasurable stimuli. The psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), temporarily boosts dopamine in the brain. Once substance use becomes a dependent disorder, however, the drug slows dopamine release to a long-term trickle in the brain, …

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5 ways coaches can ruin the development of self-esteem

“In the world of sports, winning excuses a multitude of sins,” writes Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D., as he sums up the prevailing negative social stigma of coaching on youth’s psyche. Conversely, the consensus in the clinical community is that the foundations of self-esteem are laid between ages of 6 and 11; the same time when children …

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy shrinks amygdala

Going to a “shrink” has taken on a whole new meaning. Psychotherapy is conversational therapy with a trained expert, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor. Psychotherapy can take many forms and be geared toward an individual, peer group or family. One particularly effective form of psychotherapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). According to …

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