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Teens View Anxiety, Depression as Biggest Problems in Lives, Study Says

depression397Most American teenagers say they view anxiety and depression as a major problem in the communities where they live, a new Pew study indicates.

The study found that 70 percent of teens view the mental health concerns as a major problem, while 26 percent believe they’re a minor problem and 4 percent say they’re not a problem. Read more ›

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Donkey Therapy Helps Kids With Autism

autismtherapy294At Cultivate Care Farms, an outpatient care farm in Bolton, Mass., clients with mental health, addiction and communication disorders come to connect with animals and agriculture as a form of therapy. Care farming is a centuries-old model that originated in the Netherlands, and while it continues to be widely popular Europe, it is gaining momentum in the U.S. About 100 clients, all outpatients, visit Cultivate each week. They can work with horses, sheep and alpacas, but donkeys, in particular, have a way with kids on the autism spectrum. Read more ›

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Screen Time for Kids Under 2 More Than Doubles, Study Finds

Screen time has more than doubled for children under 2 years old since 1997, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found, with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver despite a changing screen landscape. Read more ›

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Only 5 Percent of Adolescents Meet Sleep, Exercise, Screen Time Guidelines

sleepdeprived380A study published in February 2019 in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that only 1 in 20 adolescents are meeting the guidelines and that a discrepancy exists between the sexes. Only three percent of girls get enough sleep and exercise and don’t exceed screen time recommendations, compared to seven percent of boys. Read more ›

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The Psychiatrist Can See Your Child Now, Virtually

teletherapy 362With a growing shortage of mental-health professionals for children and adolescents, more health-care providers are turning to technology.

With a rising number of teens and adolescents suffering from depression and anxiety, and too few professionals to help, remote video consults are helping pediatricians fill the gap in some communities. Read more ›

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Executive Function Deficits in Kindergarten May Predict Academic Difficulties in Primary Grades

ExecFunction347New Penn State research suggests that children’s executive function deficits may be an important risk factor for academic difficulties.

Preliminary findings from a three-year National Science Foundation-funded project, recently published in Child Development, show that executive functions in kindergarten predict children’s mathematics, reading and science achievement, as well as their classroom behavior, in second grade. Read more ›

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Heavy Screen Time May Cause Premature Changes In Brain Structure Among Kids

tech341Children who spend more than seven hours a day of screen time may experience premature thinning of the part of the brain that processes sensory information.

The data comes from a $300 million research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will follow more than 11,000 kids aged 9 to 10 years old. Read more ›

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Boys Need Better Access to Mental Health Care. Why Aren’t They Getting It?

depression340Mental health has become a crisis among America’s youth, and experts say the unique challenges and needs of young men are not receiving enough attention. Read more ›

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Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis?

childhoodtrauma327A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows how the effects of childhood trauma persist and are linked to mental illness and addiction in adulthood. And, researchers say, it suggests that it might be more effective to approach trauma as a public health crisis than to limit treatment to individuals. Read more ›

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Autism Prevalence Now 1 in 40 US Kids, Study Estimates

autism boy324A survey of parents across the United States estimates that one in 40 children has autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Read more ›

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