Month: October 2017

Even moderate alcohol consumption by parents can negatively impact children: Study

A glass or two of wine in the evening may seem harmless or a fun way to unwind after a hard day’s work, but people might not realize that this can cause more harm to their children than they would like to believe. A recent study, led by researchers from the Institute for Alcohol Studies …

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Count, breathe, relax: Sesame Street teaches children to cope with trauma

Cookie Monster looks visibly shaken. To help him calm down, the Count teaches him a simple relaxation technique, “count, breathe, relax.” On being asked how he feels after this exercise, a jubilant Cookie Monster says, “Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed.” The Count tells him to repeat the exercise whenever he is angry …

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Unity Day: Instagram launches tools to prevent cyberbullying and promote kindness

Social media platforms are a great way of connecting with one another and increasing social engagement. They have helped the world transform into a “global village.” However, there are some disadvantages associated with these platforms, with few of them turning out as a common means of bullying. A recent national survey of American teens aged …

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Emotional Wellness Month: Helping boys manage their emotions constructively

The growing up years of children are marked by various physical and emotional changes. However, these changes manifest themselves differently in case of boys and girls. Males, especially adolescent boys, have a higher likelihood of exhibiting intense feelings of aggression and resentment. Quite often, emotions like anger may actually indicate the underlying feelings, such as …

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Smartphone apps may improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression, finds study

The recent explosive growth in smartphone usage, especially among youngsters, has given rise to a unique opportunity to experts to deliver mental health interventions via smartphone applications (apps). So far, there is limited evidence to establish the efficacy of using digitally enabled interventions in the treatment of mental health conditions like depression. To bridge this …

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Dealing with children’s trauma in aftermath of Las Vegas mass shooting

Deeply disturbing images and videos of the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017 have continuously dominated mainstream as well as social media. The horrific incident in which a gunman opened fire on concertgoers, killing at least 59 people and injuring over 500, is possibly the deadliest mass shooting …

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Adolescent boys with body image issues at risk of abusing alcohol and drugs

Negative health outcomes resulting from poor self-perception of body image are typically associated with adolescent girls. Adverse impacts include eating disorders, depression, low self-esteem and suicidal tendencies. However, a recent study, published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse in February 2017, found that the negative outcomes are not restricted to adolescent girls …

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Study finds improvement in ADHD symptoms from long-acting stimulant

Long-acting stimulants, including methylphenidate (MPH), typically show effects after a two-hour time lag in case of youngsters suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The usual practice is to administer such medication to children first thing in the morning, which is quite challenging for both children and parents as it disrupts the sleep cycle. Moreover, the delayed …

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