Category Archives: Child Mental health Research

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Call to action: Oppose H.R. 3699, a bill to block public access to publicly funded research (Alliance for Taxpayer Access)

We pay for it, so let’s keep scientific research in the public domain. This is a bill to keep it in the hands of big research publishers who charge thousands of dollars for a subscription to newest studies. A new … Continue reading

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Recovery To Practice E-News–Advocacy as a Path to Recovery

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Only in the last few years have I realized guilt had become my final and most tenacious addiction. The cure was letting go of the facade of “normalcy” and publicly telling my story. That led to a professional U-turn, where … Continue reading

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Get the Goodies Now or Wait? The Roots of Self Discipline in Childhood

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Self-discipline, also called “self-control,” or “self-regulation,” is considered by most of us as an essential trait to learn on the way to adulthood. Without it, a person doesn’t share, play well with others, work as a member of a team … Continue reading

Research shows a stronger link between SSRI use during pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension in infants. – NYTimes.com

Dr. Frieder believes that her patients are the ones most capable of assessing the risks and benefits related to their own conditions. This work will affect how she counsels her patients, but not what she recommends. “You are always going to try to treat them first with psychotherapy,” she said. “But if they are severely depressed, they are going to need medication.”

via Research shows a stronger link between SSRI use during pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension in infants. – NYTimes.com.

Important to have all the facts. Yes, there is a 3 in 1000 (infants) risk for pulmonary hypertension problems, which must be weighed against the risk of preterm birth and childhood depression if mother remains untreated…MentalHealthMomBlog.

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Marital Hostility and Toddler Aggression – Child Psychology and Parenting Blog: Child-Psych.org

No surprise in this research headline but the specifics are important. Marital Hostility and Toddler Aggression – Child Psychology and Parenting Blog: Child-Psych.org.

Depression’s Chemical Imbalance Explained | Psych Central News

An extremely important new study in light of the raging debate about whether there is a neuro-biochemical basis for depression and other mental disorders. New research underscores the role of neurotransmitter depletion.

Depression’s Chemical Imbalance Explained | Psych Central News.

“Getting to Happy” …My Top Ten Tips

Here I offer my top ten tips for mental wellness, drawn from  research for A Lethal Inheritance and posted today on the site Divine Caroline as “New Year’s resolutions” for moms. I think you’ll find them useful on any day of the year.

Getting to Happy – DivineCaroline.

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Maltreated children show same pattern of brain activity as combat soldiers

Maltreated children show same pattern of brain activity as combat soldiers. This shocking but not surprising research finding makes it even more important to consider the child first when debating “whether to get involved.”

“Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children” | Journalism Center on Children & Families

“Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children” | Journalism Center on Children & Families.

This is not a new report (2009) but it is extremely timely as more and more women must weigh the risks and benefits of staying on an antidepressant before, during and after pregnancy. Its recent research shows that only 15% of depressed mothers receive treatment for their depression — despite the negative impact of maternal depression on their child’s emotional and cognitive development. If you are seeking more information for yourself or for someone you love, check this out!

Mayo Clinic Issues Top Warning Signs of a Possible Mental Disorder in Child or Teen

The Mayo Clinic with funding from the feds (SAMHSA) has weighed in on the issue of early recognition and intervention for possible symptoms of mental disorders by issuing a list of warning signs that should be seen as red flags by parents –Culled from a Mayo study of 6000 child/teen cases of various disorders.

Here’s the list….

If your child has any of these 11 warning signs, he or she may have a mental health disorder and should be referred to treatment as soon as possible:

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for two or more weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill themselves, or making plans to do so
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
  • Involved in multiple fights, using a weapon, or wanting badly to hurt others
  • Severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt the teenager or others
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to lose weight
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts a teenager in physical danger or causes school failure
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Drastic changes in behavior or personality

According to Mayo…”This data substantiates what we already knew, that there are warning signs of significant mental illness, but children and adolescents aren’t getting help because health care providers don’t share the same language,” said Dr. Abigail Schlesinger, medical director of outpatient behavioral health services at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.

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