Texas Shooting Emphasizes the Importance of Mental Health Evaluations July 3, 2016
There was a devastating shooting in Texas recently that ended the lives of three individuals. When tragedy strikes, we often look back and say: “what could we have done to avoid this situation?” When it comes to shooting, sometimes the person holding the gun had a history of mental illness. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to prevent the loss of the victims in Texas but action can be taken when it comes to mental health evaluations....
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‘Finding Dory’ Fights Disability Stereotypes July 1, 2016
Recently, Disney Pixar has been taking on difficult stereotypes, especially concerning disability stereotypes. It started with Finding Nemo, the tale of a young fish with a small fin that makes it difficult for him to swim correctly, yet he went on a grand adventure, overcame challenges, and made lifelong friends--all with a disability. The other recent one was Inside Out, which focused more on mental health, but shattered disability stereotypes nonetheless. Now Disney Pixar is back...
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Issues Surrounding Early Puberty for Girls July 1, 2016
The typical thoughts that come to mind when thinking of puberty for girls is middle school, training bras, acne, etc. According to a recent study, for many girls, this is beginning much earlier--in the middle of elementary school to be exact. The Atlantic recently covered the details of the study. The study A pediatric endocrinologist by the name of Louise Greenspan and a group of other researchers put together a longitudinal study of 1,200 girls, ages...
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Childhood trauma a factor in developing depression July 1, 2016
Childhood trauma, especially if unknown to the parent or left untreated, can lead to depression. Studies have shown that those who experienced a childhood trauma have a much higher risk of developing depression later in life. From Mayo Clinic, other factors which increase your teen’s chances of developing or triggering include: Issues which lower self-esteem (obesity, bullying, academic struggles, peer issues, etc.) Witnessing or being the victim of violence (physical or sexual abuse) Having a current...
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Recent Research Finds Link Between ADHD and Anxiety June 30, 2016
ADHD and anxiety disorders seem to be similar in genetic makeup, making researchers believe there may be a link between the two. PsychCentral recently published an article outlining new genetic research that links ADHD and anxiety disorders. It’s been shown that around 30 percent of those with ADHD have also been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety has a way of increasing and worsening the symptoms of ADHD because it messes with focus--something ADHD already makes...
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Fighting Teenage Suicidal Thoughts with a New Facebook Tool June 24, 2016
The US suicide rate has spiked at a 30-year high; this is troubling. This increase was in every age group--except older adults--meaning youth mental health should be under the spotlight right now. Something needs to be done to lower young adult and teenage suicidal thoughts in order to combat the rate of suicide. Facebook has taken a step towards that. The New York Times recently reported on Facebook’s new tool to help combat young adult and...
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Misunderstanding of Tourette’s in Children Often Worse than the Syndrome June 24, 2016
NPR recently interviewed a few people with Tourette’s syndrome about their experiences. One woman, named Jess Thom, admitted that it’s not her tics--like saying the word “biscuit” about 16,000 times a day--that makes it difficult, it’s people misunderstanding what living with Tourette’s is like. Many are diagnosed with Tourette’s at a young age--and Tourette’s in children isn’t really rare at all; around 1 in 100 young people are diagnosed with it during school. One of the...
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One Online Store Is on a Mission: Positive Teen Body Image June 23, 2016
Retouch, airbrush, thinner body type, and boom--you’ve got yourself the “perfect” body that the media pushes in magazines, movies, advertisements, clothing stores, and more. This distorted view of what a “liked” body looks like is preventing young people from developing a healthy teen body image. Almost no one looks like what is portrayed everywhere, which isn’t a healthy message to send: you should look like this, but no one looks like this. It’s pushing the unattainable,...
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Self-Stigma: Fueled by the Online Stigma of Mental Health June 23, 2016
The Online Stigma of Mental Health is Building Self-Stigma 1 in 5 people struggle with mental illness, but many of those people don’t seek help. Many people fear the idea of being diagnosis with a mental health issue. They fear the idea of seeing a counselor or therapist. But it’s not just fear that is preventing people from seeking help. The online stigma of mental health is driving people’s misconceptions of mental health. The majority of...
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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Mood Changes in Teens June 22, 2016
Teenagers’ minds and bodies are still developing until their early 20’s. To promote healthy development, they need between 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night, which is well above the normal average for adults. With technology today, getting enough sleep can be difficult. There are constant distractions available to prevent us from getting the recommended eight hours a night. Sleep deprivation can affect attention, daily functioning, and mood changes in teens. A recent article by...
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