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Dealing with PANDAS: Strep infection in kids may up risk of mental illness

June 22, 2017   0 Comments

Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS), as per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is a disorder that develops after a child has a streptococcal infection. The condition triggers a misdirected immune response leading to inflammation in the brain, which in turn leads to the exhibition of certain life-changing effects, such
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Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

February 29, 2016   0 Comments

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight,
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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

February 26, 2016   0 Comments

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s
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The importance of adolescent-focused therapy for teen self-harm

February 15, 2016   0 Comments

Self harm — also known as non-suicidal self-injury — is surprisingly common. Researchers estimate that the lifetime prevalence of self-harm is anywhere between 13 to 23 percent. This means that out of the 318.8 million people in the United States, between 41.4 and 73.3 million people have struggled with self-harm at some point in their
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‘A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity’ encourages new wave of rising altruism

November 4, 2015   0 Comments

Rachel Beckwith was shocked to learn that people worldwide lacked access to clean drinking water. When she turned 9, instead of birthday presents, Beckwith asked people to donate to an organization called charity:water that drills wells in impoverished villages around the world. Beckwith aimed to raise $300 but fell short. Less than six weeks later,
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Enter the zones: New app teaches emotion regulation

October 21, 2015   0 Comments

From a young age, children only have one tool to articulate how they feel: crying. Until they advance to words, crying is the only way to express hunger, thirst, joy, sadness, fatigue, anger, fear and disgust. As children grow up, they learn and mimic smiling, laughing, frowning and many more forms of expression. Yet, many
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Building a community of support after substance abuse treatment

October 16, 2015   0 Comments

Billy Crystal once said, “Kids need a happy household. They need to be loved and supported in their dreams. And I don’t think you can make your kids’ dreams your own. They need you to support them in their dreams.” No matter what the age, people will always need support in the place they call
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Mental health for students far from home: Jamais vu with culture shock

October 13, 2015   0 Comments

The excitement of traveling abroad for vacation can be surreal, but the experience can be different for students who study abroad. In a new city, at a new school, with new friends and an entirely different culture, students may face sudden and daunting culture shock. Science of culture shock Studying abroad for many students is
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The ‘anxious’ side of fear

October 6, 2015   0 Comments

Society’s list of fears continues to grow. From the fear of terrorist attacks and natural disasters to that of darkness or the fluctuating stock market, anxiety and fearfulness have become a characteristic of daily life. Altogether, anxiety disorders prevail as the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18 percent of the population that
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Smart teens practice healthy risk-taking

October 6, 2015   0 Comments

When parents and authority figures imagine the risks taken by teenagers, they will typically picture the destructive and dangerous conduct youth are capable of. Although teens are plagued by a stigma of making ill-informed and impulsive decisions, there is a variety of healthy risks that many adolescents choose to pursue on a daily basis. In
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...