Monthly Archives: October 2011

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  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for two or more weeks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.


Relaxation Revisited ———Tips for helping your kids relax

Katie is a therapist and momblogger in Los Angeles — Read her tips for staying sane as a family with all the holiday stress!  Relaxation Revisited —– Tips for helping your kids relax.


Early Detection of Autism May Lead to Better Interventions | Psych Central News

Early Detection of Autism May Lead to Better Interventions | Psych Central News.

Maternal and Child ADHD – Child Psychology and Parenting Blog:

In a recent study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Chronis-Tuscano and colleagues looked at parent and child outcomes after mothers of children with ADHD attended a brief parent training program. The results revealed a critical piece of information. Mothers with higher ADHD symptoms saw less progress in their children following parent training and this finding appeared to be due to negative parenting holding steady. Behaviors such as making negative commands e.g., “Cut that out! and critical statements e.g., “You’re an idiot.”, as well as negative touching e.g., hitting, fell into the category of negative parenting.

via Maternal and Child ADHD – Child Psychology and Parenting Blog: