Month: December 2017

American children’s ADHD diagnoses plagued by lack of evidence-based techniques

American children’s ADHD diagnoses plagued by lack of evidence-based techniques

Over the last decade and a half, the United States has been witnessing changing patterns in the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among youngsters. Between 2003 and 2011, there was a 42 percent increase in the percentage of American children and adolescents aged 4-17 who had ever received an ADHD diagnosis. An estimated …

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Holiday season may worsen teens’ depressive symptoms; here’s how to handle it

Twinkling lights and mistletoes; festive carols and shopping; the excitement of opening presents and gorging on home-baked treats – it is no surprise that we all eagerly wait for the holiday season. While many may consider the merrymaking and family bonding to be the perfect respite from low moods and depressive symptoms, for some people, …

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PTSD not only war veterans’ disease; here’s how it affects teens

The mention of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) generally brings to mind images of veterans struggling with the stress of overcoming their devastating war-time experiences. While this may be considered the most widely known form of PTSD, the onset of the disorder can take place due to various non-combat reasons as well. This mental disorder may …

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