Behavioral Health

Understanding the connection between childhood adversities, education and health

Understanding the connection between childhood adversities, education and health

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) include a variety of stressful or traumatic incidents which are associated with social, cognitive and emotional impairment, high-risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and premature death. ACEs include physical or emotional neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, household mental illness, separation/divorce among parents, and household substance abuse. Early life …

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Don’t Be a Bully Month: Bullying behavior is not a case of “boys will be boys”

Summer camp is an invaluable experience which instills values of community and belongingness in children. A camp’s natural setting gives youngsters the opportunity to work with each other, take responsibility and make choices, develop imaginative skills, become self-reliant and independent, and gain confidence. All these attributes are necessary to make them resilient and improve their …

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How to improve post-holidays attitude

Christmas anticipation begins even before Thanksgiving, when stores begin putting up trees and decorations to get people into a shopping mood. Once Thanksgiving is over, the ramp-up to Christmas begins in earnest. The season is filled with plans for family get-togethers, parties, shopping and the anticipation of Christmas Day. Once all of the celebration is …

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Suicide Prevention Awareness: Learn how to help prevent suicide

Guns, suspension bridges, carbon monoxide, drugs, drowning and alcohol all have at least one thing in common: They all are used as suicide agents. Unfortunately, these are all common ways of ending one’s life. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. Men are more successful on the first attempt, whereas women …

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Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight, …

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The power of nurture: Early experiences impact brain development

Researchers have suggested that our vulnerability to developing problems such as substance abuse, mental illness and certain medical conditions derives from the interaction between our genes and the environment. Genetic factors underlie the development of certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, alcoholism and depression, making it much more likely that children of parents with these psychiatric …

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Researchers find link between picky eating and psychological distress

Most children prefer hamburgers to carrots, and ice cream to broccoli. For some children, however, their picky eating habits are so severe that they avoid entire food groups and would rather go hungry than eat a food item that isn’t one of their favorites. According to a research study published in the journal Pediatrics this …

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New, orally-disintegrating pill offers new avenue for ADHD treatment

All kids daydream; All kids loses stuff, fidget when they’re bored and talk out of turn. Most kids grow out of it, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 percent of children aged between four and 17 don’t. They make up the percentage of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder …

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Antidepressants double suicidal behavior in children and adolescents

Last month, a group of researchers published a startling find in the British Medical Journal: Children and adolescents who take antidepressants are twice as likely to exhibit suicidal behavior. The researchers warn that clinicians should be extra cautious when prescribing antidepressants to their younger patients. The study Lead author, Tarang Sharma, and her fellow researchers …

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Bipolar disorder often misdiagnosed as depression or anxiety, study suggests

Ups and downs are a normal part of life, but for people with bipolar disorder, ups and downs take on a whole new meaning. Bipolar disorder is sometimes glamorized for the creativity and genius that often accompanies its symptoms. Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Von Beethoven and Robin Williams were all said to have struggled with some …

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