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Gang membership tied to mental health issues

May 31, 2016   0 Comments

Researchers at Michigan State University unraveled some alarming elements affecting mental health of young adolescents who join gangs. Emerging research discovered that kids in middle school and high school who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal. “Youth who join a gang are much more likely to have mental health issues, and being in the gang actually
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Research finds connection between nightmares and suicidality

May 26, 2016   0 Comments

A study published this March by researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford has found a surprising relationship between nightmares and suicidal behaviors. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The study The research was led by Simon D. Kyle, Ph.D., a senior research
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Withstanding the weight of autism on fathers

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

To whom much is given, much is required. Much being the mind-boggling mantle that is parenting the autistic child. It is a double-edged sword in that behind those unfocused eyes lies a black box of talent and intelligence. If only the walls of his mind would let him talk! Here is a look at autism’s
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Parents’ response to failure dictates a child’s self-perception

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

Consider the reactions of two parents whose son has come home with a bad grade: The permissive mother simply shrugs her shoulders, accepting that he’s just not the best student, while the authoritarian father criticizes the boy’s performance, expecting only perfection. While these reactions may exist on opposite sides of the parenting spectrum, both can
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The brain, alcohol and shrinkage

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

Size does matter. Or does it? When it comes to the most intelligent organ in the body, the brain, bigger is not always better. The brain reaches maturity and its largest size by the late second decade in a human’s life. As humans age, the brain slowly shrinks about 2 percent per decade. The average
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Learn about ‘Raising Men’ with parenting tips from former Navy SEALs

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

The Navy SEALs are a well-known part of our military. SEALs, an acronym standing for Sea, Air and Land teams, are a special operations force who are trained to operate in all environments. These are likely some of the toughest men you can meet. Some of these Navy SEALs become fathers who provide very unique
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Marijuana abuse diminishes the pleasure centers of the brain

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

Dopamine is one member of the pleasure quartet of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is released in response to pleasurable stimuli. The psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), temporarily boosts dopamine in the brain. Once substance use becomes a dependent disorder, however, the drug slows dopamine release to a long-term trickle in the brain,
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5 ways coaches can ruin the development of self-esteem

May 24, 2016   0 Comments

“In the world of sports, winning excuses a multitude of sins,” writes Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D., as he sums up the prevailing negative social stigma of coaching on youth’s psyche. Conversely, the consensus in the clinical community is that the foundations of self-esteem are laid between ages of 6 and 11; the same time when children
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Can diabetes cause mood swings?

May 19, 2016   0 Comments

Diabetes is a serious and even life threatening disease if not treated appropriately. It is a disease involving the pancreas which is responsible for regulating blood sugar in the body. The pancreas regulates blood sugar in the body by releasing two different hormones: insulin and glucagon. Insulin is released when the blood sugar is high
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Cognitive-behavioral therapy shrinks amygdala

May 18, 2016   0 Comments

Going to a “shrink” has taken on a whole new meaning. Psychotherapy is conversational therapy with a trained expert, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor. Psychotherapy can take many forms and be geared toward an individual, peer group or family. One particularly effective form of psychotherapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). According to
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