Looking at Teen Depression from the Inside by Gary E. Nelson
The paper was folded, so I thought at first it might be a note to a friend. Maybe it would provide a clue to our predicament. The folded paper turned out to be part of an essay Tom had written for health class. It didn’t help us in terms of providing an answer for why Tom was feeling and acting in the strange new ways. However, Tom’s writing on the paper did provide me with one of the most graphic pictures of depression that I have ever encountered. I’m not sure what prompted the writing, but simply put, Tom said that feeling depressed was like, “being beaten from the inside.”….Read More »

Helping Children Cope During Crisis by Dr. Sam Caron, Ph.D.
Children with ADHD have difficulty inhibiting their thoughts, actions, and emotional displays. They become over stimulated and have difficulty stopping thoughts, emotions, and activities. They are also attracted to things that are highly stimulating. The bombardment by the media of over stimulating and disturbing images will probably attract their attention much more than redundant school work….Read More »

Using Art Therapy for Good Mental Health by Mara McWilliams
The key to living successfully with bipolar disorder is realizing how your disorder benefits you. For me, bipolar disorder allows me to tap into my creativity. I suggest you too look at your life and see where your disorder adds something special to your life…. Read More »

Managing shared child custody while minimizing conflict by Bill Moritz PhD
Coping with an ex-spouse after divorce is often difficult. Adding shared custody of children to the equation can further complicate an already stressful situation; for parents and children, alike….Read More »

Communicate with Your Teen by Brenda Nixon Parenting Speaker, Writer, Educator.
“Dad, why are you mad at me?”
“I’m not mad son.”
“Yes you are!”
“No I’m not.”
“You look mad to me.”
Sound familiar? Do squabbles with your teen begin like this or get sidetracked with these mistaken accusations? There are many reasons parents and teens argue but consider this…Read More »

How Homelife Breeds Bullying by Dr. Steven Richfield
The roots of bullying behaviors dig deep into the fabric of our culture, setting the stage for a host of responses our children learn from an early age. Intolerance and discrimination are two long-standing cultivators of bullying, especially when kids are confronted by obvious social or racial differences between themselves and others…Read More »

Advice for Parents of Bullied Kids by Kathy Noll
What do you do when your child doesn’t understand why he (or she) is getting picked on by other kids? Through anger, tears, and frustration your child asks if he can change schools. First let’s define “bullying.” Bullying consists of purposely directed threats, physical attacks, words, gestures, or social exclusion. Bullies try to “control” their victims by making them feel small so they can feel big….Read More »

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