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Residential treatment: Last hope for parents of children with mental illness

February 1, 2017   0 Comments

The increasing rate of mental illnesses among children in the United States is a major health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20 percent children (aged 3 to 17) in the U.S. suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Of all the intervention methods for mental problems, residential treatment
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7 signs of depression in boys

September 6, 2016   0 Comments

Alexithymia is a mental disorder first identified in the 1970s that makes people unable to identify and express their own emotions and those of others. Some studies estimate that 8 percent of males experience this disorder. Alexithymia is relatively rare, but patients with the condition aren’t always the only ones who have trouble recognizing their
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Spanking and other physical punishment harm children’s mental health

June 16, 2016   0 Comments

Spanking has been widely used as a form of physical punishment for child misbehavior, particularly by parents in the United States. Although the acceptance of spanking and other forms of physical punishment has decreased over the past several decades, it is still commonly used as an approach to punish and reduce the frequency of child
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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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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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The 5 most common mental health disorders in children

April 4, 2016   0 Comments

A sick child inspires compassion, thoughts of chicken soup, blankets and time off from school. The thought of a mentally ill child, however, makes most people uncomfortable. Unfortunately, mental illness doesn’t care how old someone is. Mental disorders strike the young and old alike. Most mental disorders are chronic diseases often requiring management and treatment
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Raising honest children

March 1, 2016   0 Comments

Raising children is not easy. Parents try to raise children who will become successful, caring individuals and who will take care of people and the earth. Lying, cheating, stealing and other dishonest behaviors should not be tolerated in children or even adults for that matter, unless you are quoting Will Smith in the famous movie
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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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The power of nurture: Early experiences impact brain development

February 25, 2016   0 Comments

Researchers have suggested that our vulnerability to developing problems such as substance abuse, mental illness and certain medical conditions derives from the interaction between our genes and the environment. Genetic factors underlie the development of certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, alcoholism and depression, making it much more likely that children of parents with these psychiatric
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