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Alternative forms of care can prevent burnout for the mental health professional

April 22, 2015   0 Comments

As mental health professionals who engage and work with the teenage population, self-care should be a priority. A common concern among professionals in the mental health field is the issue of staff burnout, which can be defined in the following ways: Emotional exhaustion, or the state of being overextended, fatigued, or depleted Reduced sense of
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Why kids set fires

April 16, 2015   0 Comments

kids set fires

Fire setting is one of the most complex and confounding delinquent acts performed by a child or teen. Reasons for the destructive behavior range from boredom to a desire to cause harm, with a multitude of causal factors at the root of fire setting, including poor parental supervision, broken families, peer pressure and abuse. According
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The link between emotional intelligence and income

April 9, 2015   0 Comments

A recent study at the University of Bonn has concluded that being cordial with co-workers might lead to earning more money. Researches from the UB Department of Psychology found that the ability to recognize emotions makes one more likely to be viewed positively by their managers, thus increasing their chance of a promotion. Published in
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Effective parental guidance does influence teens’ decisions

April 1, 2015   0 Comments

parental guidance does influence teens’ decisions

Whether it is shared family meals or having preemptive, open discussions regarding the consequences of risky behaviors, a parent’s guidance is a powerful influence on a teen. Several factors affect the overall impact of parental influence. In terms of effectiveness, at the top of the list is whether or not the teen perceives the parent-child
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Supporting self-confidence by spending time with Dad

March 19, 2015   0 Comments

supporting self-confidence by spending time with dad

“Forget Batman: when I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my Dad.” — Paul Asay, “God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us about God and Ourselves” When we think of a typical teenage boy, hiding away in the
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The connection between pollution and ADHD

March 16, 2015   0 Comments

pollution and ADHD

Columbia University’s study on ADHD and air pollution has suggested that exposure to polluted air during pregnancy increases the risk and odds of behavioral problems associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health discovered that prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,
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The connection between parenting style and adolescents’ IQ

March 13, 2015   0 Comments

parenting style and adolescents iq

It has long been believed the way children are raised directly affects their intelligence in adulthood. Past studies have suggested everything from playing classical music to reading bedtime stories or eating family dinners together have a direct correlation with children’s IQ. A recent Florida State University (FSU) study put that idea to the test, examining
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Testosterone spike does not give competitive edge

March 10, 2015   0 Comments

testosterone spike edge

Testosterone has long been believed to give competitors an edge in strength and endurance, but a new study says the contrary, suggesting that a surge of testosterone in competition produces no noticeable effect on performance success. Lead by Dr. David Edwards, a professor of psychology at Emory University, the researchers studied intercollegiate cross-country runners, finding
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Study finds oxycodone to cause permanent behavioral changes

December 19, 2014   0 Comments

oxycodone behavioral changes

A new study has found that even brief use of the opioid oxycodone can lead to lasting behavioral impairments in rats. The team of researchers believes the drug may cause a “cognitive hangover,” leading to enduring changes in brain structure that impact behavioral flexibility and decision-making skills. The study also suggests that the amount of
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Boys Adrift – Leonard Sax, MD, PhD

August 12, 2014   0 Comments

In his book, Dr. Sax mentions five categories which, in his opinion, have contributed to the lack of motivation and poor grades of many boys: Changes in education Video games Medications for ADHD Endocrine disruptors in the environment The decline and disintegration of the masculine ideal Many kindergarten programs teach basic reading and writing and
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