Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Vitamin D

Posted Posted in Depression, Latest News

Seasonal Affective Disorder, which coincidentally has the acronym SAD, refers to symptoms of depression that occur seasonally, with the emergence of symptoms during the fall and winter months, and a dissipation of those symptoms once winter transitions into spring. SAD can occur in those who already suffer from depression, but it can also affect those […]

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Brain SPECT Imaging May Help Neurologists Treat Mental Health Issues in the Future

Posted Posted in Medical

There are several ways neurologists can examine your brain to determine what it is, and, more importantly, what it isn’t doing. However, the different types of brain scans are all designed to do different things, and therefore they can’t be treated equally. However, assuming you as a patient are not a neurologist yourself, how can […]

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Pets Can Benefit Your Child’s Mental Health

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Parenting

Pets provide joy to many people.  The decision to bring pets  into your home can be complicated. You will likely ask yourself things like whether or not your family’s lifestyle can support the inclusion of a pet, if it’s affordable for your family, and if your children (and you!) will be willing and able to take […]

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Picky Eating: Why Children with Autism are Different

Posted Posted in Eating, Eating Disorders, Food

Picky eating is an issue experienced by many parents, and there are typically very behavioral solutions proposed to parents. Often parents are encouraged to hold firm in their expectations and not negotiate on what will and won’t be eaten. For example, if the expectation is that the child will try one bite of each food […]

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Organizational Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Homework Anxiety

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Executive functioning, Learning Disabilities, School

Homework is a necessary evil, and homework anxiety is a common experience. While it helps children retain the things they’ve learned at school and develop good study habits, it is also a common stressor for many children and adolescents. How can you as a parent determine whether that stress has progressed beyond its norm into […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids About A School Shooting

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, Resiliency, Trauma

The recent shooting at a high school in Florida on Valentine’s Day has understandably left many of us feeling very shaken. Since this time, there have been several conversations and debates regarding things like gun control, school security procedures, and mental health awareness and treatment. During a time when emotions are running high and politics […]

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Benefits of Cycle Tracking for Young (and not so young!) Women

Posted Posted in Medical, Menstrual

Almost all women (unfortunately) know about or have experienced symptoms of PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) including things like increased emotionality, fatigue, irritability, acne, bloating, and headaches. While these symptoms are far from desirable for most, they can be especially challenging to discriminate from other causes of depression, anxiety, and mood lability. This challenge to discriminate can […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Watching What Comes Out of Your Mouth, Not What Goes In It

Posted Posted in Friendships, Relationships

New Year’s resolutions are common this time of year.  We gain renewed motivation for a lot of things, but commonly this falls into the realm of appearance/health: We want to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, eat less, cook more, take the stairs, up our step goal, etc. While it is certainly not a negative […]

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Helping Teens Deal with the Trauma of Accidental Death

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Grief, Latest News, Mental Health

Our community was recently hit hard with the accidental death of a local teenage girl. Every situation where a loved one is lost is devastating in its own way.   There is something different about a sudden, traumatic accident.  Especially when it involves someone so young.  Accidental death can leave people reeling for a very long […]

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