Category: Young Adults

Effects of Diet on Mental Health

At the Duffy Counseling Center, we see many children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety. The most common issue reported from parents is that their child is either not eating enough or consuming “empty calories.”

Empty calories is a term for foods and drinks that lack the vital nutrients necessary for normal brain and physical development, as well as overall wellness.

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Developing Goals for the Fall/Winter

With the summer ending, the idea of returning to school or back to a rigorous work schedule can be difficult to cope with. Most people “go with the flow” and take things day by day. This may be effective in the short term and can certainly help you enjoy the last few weeks of summer, but is not sustainable long term.

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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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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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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

Effects of Diet on Mental Health

At the Duffy Counseling Center, we see many children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, …

Early Self-Regulation Leads to Improved Stress Tolerance

The University of Pittsburgh reviewed a 25 year longitudinal study covering the effects of early support for individuals …

Emotional Exhaustion: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies

Emotional Exhaustion: Cause, Symptoms, and Remedies

In 2017, the American Psychological Association conducted a survey called Stress in America: The State of Our Nation and …