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Parental mental illness can predict illness in children

Where does it come from? It’s a common question when people hear about a child who attempted suicide or acted violently against a classmate. Was it the media? Video games? Upbringing? Although there are many causes that can potentially cause children to become violent (either against themselves or others), a new study from the University …

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Understanding genetics, mental health and that 'It Didn't Start With You'

He grew up never understanding that when mom disappeared for three months, it was because she was in rehab again. When he was old enough to understand, he started to notice other signs: the hidden “water” bottles, mom’s weird behavior that started in the afternoon, the intense fights between his parents that seemingly took place …

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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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Mental illness and substance abuse in the child welfare system

Most statistics or studies dealing with children in the child welfare system (CWS) deal with placement, whether it be in a congregate setting (such as a group home), placement with a relative, or adoption. A study published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry took a different tack. This study tracked the behavioral health patterns of …

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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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Smartphone addiction among teens linked to controlling parents

Adolescent smartphone addiction is a growing problem worldwide. Many teens in Asian countries have smartphones and Internet addiction is common. Smartphones offer the ability to call, send text messages, and use the Internet while on the go, and have changed the way people communicate worldwide. Smartphones have advantages and disadvantages, some of which are unique …

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