International Children’s Day: Five parental tips to help children with OCD

International Children’s Day: Five parental tips to help children with OCD

The bond between children and their parents is undeniably strong and everlasting. A parent would want to ensure that his/her child stays away from any form of sickness and grows up as a healthy adult. This is the feeling that would encourage each and every parent to look at the physical as well as the mental health of their child. Read more

Childhood obesity increases risk of depression in adults, suggests study

Childhood obesity increases risk of depression in adults, suggests study

The society is increasingly becoming concerned not only with the way one looks but also with adopting healthy lifestyles and exercise. However, the U.S. still has a long way to cover before it can be considered a healthy nation. One surprising health condition, plaguing Americans is obesity. Obesity not only affects adults but children as well. It is a condition in which an individual has excessive body fat that may come from muscles, bones, fat and water in relation to his/her height. In fact, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2009-2010 found that at least one in three adults are considered to be obese. Read more

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week: Math anxiety can degrade performance of school high achievers, says study

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week: Math anxiety can degrade performance of school high achievers, says study

In general, anxiety is just a normal reaction to different life circumstances. But, when the child’s ordinary fear develops into feelings that interfere with his/her routine activities, such as performance at school, sports or relationships, it could probably indicate children anxiety disorder (CAD). Read more

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Childhood experiences lay the foundation for sound mental health

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Childhood experiences lay the foundation for sound mental health

Childhood mental disorders encompass mental and emotional illnesses and disorders that impact children and usually onset at a very young age. These include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders and the likes. It is important to diagnose and address a mental illness in a child since it affects the way he/she learns, behaves and handles his/her emotions and can have an impact even on one’s adult life. Read more

World Suicide Prevention Day: American teens need to be screened for suicide risks

World Suicide Prevention Day: American teens need to be screened for suicide risks

Parents need to be careful about what they convey to their teenagers. This is important because during adolescence, teenagers experience a wide range of emotions and they tend to undergo personality changes. The cocktail of emotions that churn in an adolescent’s mind is attributed mostly to hormonal changes as one gets ready to step into adulthood.   Read more