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Talk with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships

You can help your teen build strong, respectful relationships. Start by teaching your son or daughter about healthy relationships.

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Social Media Can Boost Teens’ Self-Esteem — or Foster Depression

social-media-1430512_1280Using social media to connect with others is kind of like having a private conversation in a public place. But there’s a difference. Even when you’re chatting with a friend in the middle of a physical crowd, most other people can’t hear what you say. On social media, your conversations can be read by anyone with access.

Depending on whether people notice your posts — and how positively they respond — your online interactions may be quite positive. Or not. Social media can make some teens feel depressed and isolated. Read more ›

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Preventing Bullying Through…Fiction?

child reading photoThere have been numerous studies showing that people who read fiction have increased empathy. This is why fiction is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat bullying and intolerance.

When you see the world through another person’s eyes, you realize how similar you are to them, even if that person might seem very different from you. Read more ›

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Approaching Struggles with Enthusiasm

OvercomingStudents will flourish and students will struggle. It’s the nature of the classroom beast. Some will announce their achievements proudly and others prefer to brush their uncertainty under the rug. Regardless, the purpose of the educator(s) in the room is to ensure that all students grow from their personal place of knowing, whether they are a confident bloomer or struggling little bird learning to fly. When the struggle is real, opportunities must be in place so that all learners can approach struggles with enthusiasm. Read more ›

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Author Shares His Autism Story

thinking brain-2676370_640Born in 1992 in Japan, Naoki Higashida was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5.  Higashida communicates today by using a letter board and by typing on a computer.

An author of more than twenty works, which include the national bestelling The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, in an interview with Time he describes what it’s like to be a person with nonverbal autism. Read more ›

Google Introduces Clinical Depression Survey Tool

Google screening toolClinical depression is a very common condition—in fact, approximately one in five Americans experience an episode in their lifetime. However, despite its prevalence, only about 50 percent of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment. To help raise awareness of this condition, Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness  (NAMI) have teamed up help provide more direct access to tools and information to people who may be suffering. Read more ›

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Childhood Anxiety Disorders

hiding-1209131_640Children experience anxiety as a normal part of their lives, in the same way that adults do. Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. When children do not outgrow the fears and worries that are typical in young children, or when there are so many fears and worries that they interfere with school, home, or play activities, the child may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Read more ›

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Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS)

PANDASPANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor and/or vocal tics, obsessions, and/or compulsions. In addition to these symptoms, children may also become moody or irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones.

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Combining Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Safety Planning Intervention to Reduce Suicidal Behavior

meditate photoCan Mindfulness Intervention and Safety Planning be combined using a group therapy environment to treat people with suicidal ideation and behaviors?

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being more in touch with the present moment, bringing one’s attention inward without judgment of current thoughts or experiences. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an intervention that has been shown to reduce depression relapse in individuals who also have suicidal ideations and behaviors. Read more ›

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Charlotte Patterson, at the Forefront of LGBTQ Family Studies

charlotte patterson_0Charlotte J. Patterson, Ph.D. is the world’s expert on psychological research on children and youth raised by lesbian and gay parents. A Professor of Psychology and Director of the interdisciplinary Women, Gender & Sexuality program at the University of Virginia, Patterson’s research with children and families has been published in the field’s top journals, and she has co-edited four books on the psychology of sexual orientation.

Charlotte Patterson’s landmark work, “Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents,” published as the lead article in Child Development in 1992, was among the first research that debunked then-prevalent beliefs that children with lesbian or gay parents showed compromised psychosocial development relative to children from heterosexual parents. Read more ›

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