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How to Prepare Your Child for the Pediatrician

A trip to the doctor can be traumatic for young children. Adults often forget just how frightening sitting in a medical office can be, and …

Tips for Keeping Your Teen Safe on the Road This Summer

Your teen has just received his license and the worrying begins. Summer is just around the corner and your teen will be spending more time …

School Avoidance: Why You Can’t Ignore It

In the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, child and adolescent psychiatrist Martin Knollmann and colleagues describe school avoidance due to emotional issues and compare …

When Does Worry Become Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Part 1

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH 2009) has produced a 15-point scale that defines various levels of the continuum of normal worrying to clinical …

Adolescent Boys Who Practice Mindfulness Meditation Show Improved Mood and Contentment

Mindfulness refers to being completely in touch with and aware of the present moment, as well as taking a non-evaluative and non-judgmental approach to your …

Antidepressants Cut Risk of Hospital Re-admission for Suicidal Youth

Suicidal adolescents who were prescribed an antidepressant medication during inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment were 85 percent less likely than others to be readmitted within a …