Category: Mental Health

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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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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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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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 Holiday Blues Series: Most Common Factors of Holiday Depression (& How to Manage Through Them)

The Holiday Blues Series: Most Common Factors of Holiday Depression (& How to Manage Through Them)

During the holiday season, we tend to shift our focus from work and daily responsibilities to time spent with family and friends. For most, it is a welcomed respite from the monotony of the work week.  However, for some, this time of year can stir up problematic symptoms of anxiety and depression. Read more

4 Ways Avoid Holiday Depression

The Holiday Blues Series: 4 Ways Avoid Holiday Depression

At approximately 3 pm on Thanksgiving Day, it seems as if the holiday season swings into high gear.

Before you know it, seasonal decorations are up everywhere and holiday sales — too good to pass up –can be found at every turn!

When the calendar turns and December is upon us, many people feel overwhelmed with the holiday season and don’t enjoy it as much as they should. Family and work functions as well as financial stress are some of the most commonly reported stressors during the holiday season.

While we can’t avoid all stress, the following four tips can help you reduce pressures, avoid the blues, and maybe even enjoy yourself this season! Read more

4 Steps Towards Creating Your New Sleep Routine

4 Steps Towards Creating Your New Sleep Routine

There are many variables that may contribute to the maladaptive behaviors and emotional states of people.

Physical ailments, poor nutrition, and defective coping mechanisms can all contribute to the overall mental state of a human being. However, one of the most commonly explored sources of irritability, mood dysregulation and lack of concentration is sleep or lack thereof. Placing mental health concerns aside, for any person whether they be infant, child, adolescent or adult, sleep is imperative to the normal functioning of every system within the body.

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) In Adulthood

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) In Adulthood

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by the presence of one or more of the following symptoms:

  • hyperactivity
  • impulsivity
  • inattention

Commonly diagnosed during childhood and early adolescence, ADHD causes significant impairment for youngsters in academic and social settings. Several studies are available for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD but scarce information is available concerning the course of the disorder in adulthood.

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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 …