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Mental & emotional wellness for today's youth & families

ADHD: Biological or Developed Disorder?

ADHD: Biological or Developed Disorder?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by a constellation of symptoms including impulsivity, hyperactivity, inattention, and difficulty with focus.

These symptoms have been researched heavily and findings reveal biological links to the disorder. For example, if a parent meets criteria for ADHD, their child is 50% more likely to exhibit symptoms of ADHD from an early age.

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Early Depression Screening for Children & Teenagers

The Push for Early Depression Screening Continues

In February, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended yearly screenings for depression in children and adolescents.

If such recommendations were heeded, then children and adolescents would be screened for depression by their pediatrician at the same time as their yearly physicals. With depression rates increasing each year, and an abundance of research supporting the need for early detection, this recommendation is a step in the right direction.

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Hey Duffy! Mental Health & Wellness Column - Medication Addiction - Edition 001

Hey Duffy! Is It Possible For Me To Be Physically Dependent On My Medication?

With the opioid crisis and the rise of benzodiazepine abuse, this is a general concern of most patients.

Many of our patients are not on medication.

We generally do not recommend medication unless symptoms are severe and the patient has experienced little progress in talk therapy. The most common medications we see are anti-depressants (SSRI’s) and stimulant medications (Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse etc.).

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School Safety & Mental Health: 3 Considerations for Parents & School Personnel

School Safety & Mental Health: 3 Considerations for Parents & School Personnel

School safety has been a hot topic among parents, politicians, school personnel, and mental health professionals.

Much of the focus is placed on violence, which is important, but what about the statistics that show an extremely concerning state of decay among our youth?

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Do You & Your Kids Have a School Safety Plan In Place? Use These 3 Tips To Get Your Plan Started!

I remember September 11, 2001 very vividly.

I went to high school in Washington D.C. and was in my second period Spanish class when my personal cell phone began vibrating.

I ignored the it for fear of getting into trouble and then heard my name over the PA system requesting that I report to student services immediately. My mother was on the phone and told me about what was going on. The World Trade Center had been hit by two planes and another had crashed into the Pentagon.

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How Parents & Community Members Can Support Overburdened School Counselors

How Parents & Community Members Can Support Overburdened School Counselors

If you were to look at the job description for a school counselor, you would see that their role in the school is to provide academic and emotional support.

While it sounds simple, there is so much more that goes into this.

Add a case load of more than 75 students and then add other administrative duties they may have. How are they supposed to keep up?

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Drug Use: Progression from Abuse to Dependence

Drug Addiction: Progression from Usage to Abuse & Dependence

Government officials have long expressed an interest in addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Each year, there are around 70,000 deaths due to drug overdoses and many of them include the abuse of opioids.

In the past, the drug trade involved the illegal exchange of drugs for money between a dealer and a customer. Today, that exchange occurs on a much more secure channel that grant anonymity to both parts.

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How does ADHD impact brain activity

How Does ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Impact Brain Activity?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) impacts a larger percentage of the population across all ages.

If suspected at a young age, individuals can undergo a clinical assessment and a battery of psychological tests that can uncover underlying cognitive functions that may be contributing to pervasive inattention and hyperactivity. Read more

The Pitfalls of Device Screen Time for Children

The Pitfalls of Device Screen Time for Children

We are in a digital age where anything can be had at the touch of a button or through a few keystrokes of a tablet or phone.

It is nearly impossible to go anywhere or do anything without the inclusion of digital media.

It is safe to say that society has grown dependent upon the use of smart phones and tablets. They are helpful in many ways but to our nation’s youth, they can be detrimental to development. Read more

ADHD: Biological or Developed Disorder?

ADHD: Biological or Developed Disorder?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by a constellation of symptoms including impulsivity, hyperactivity, …

Early Depression Screening for Children & Teenagers

The Push for Early Depression Screening Continues

In February, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended yearly screenings for depression in children and adolescents. …

Hey Duffy! Mental Health & Wellness Column - Medication Addiction - Edition 001

Hey Duffy! Is It Possible For Me To Be Physically Dependent On My Medication?

With the opioid crisis and the rise of benzodiazepine abuse, this is a general concern of most patients. Many of our patients …