Unfortunately, in this day and age, even very young children and certainly teens are getting hooked on lots of things that are … well … less than healthy. Addiction can be overt or covert. In other words, you might be able to see a kid using a substance or spend an abundance of time on an activity like playing video games, and the child does this to distraction.
Learning disabilities affect many children, teens and even adults. The renowned Mayo Clinic tells us that “a learning disorder is an information-processing problem that prevents a person from learning a skill and using it effectively. Learning disorders generally affect people of average or above average intelligence. As a result, the disorder appears as a gap between expected skills, based on age and intelligence, and academic performance.” Perhaps in many cases it is not that kids and teens cannot learn a skill and utilize it well, but it might take longer, and they might have to learn a different way than the average student, due to differences in brain wiring. Often a doctor who works with kids and teens with learning disabilities also works with those with brain-wiring disorders such as ADHD.
Bullying isn't discussed as much today as it probably should be. This is perhaps due to the fact that there are many other issues on a parent's mind, like how they are going to teach their children if school is moved back to online learning.
With many children spending more time online, not only is in person bullying still a problem, but bullying on line is even more common.
Any types of bullying that our children are experiencing is cause for concern and needs addressed.
Can teaching your kids how to eat healthy or offering healthy foods prevent mental health problems? Yes!
You can even aid in a child or teen's recovery from eating disorders by helping your child get proper nutrition!
Most of us know how important sleep is to anyone … without enough sleep and without enough quality sleep, you can find yourself with sleep deprivation or deficiency. You may not be sleeping soundly, and you may not be getting into the different types of sleep everyone needs (think REM sleep and dreaming – essential to our overall health). Sleep is a basic human need – not just for our physical bodies, but also for our mental health.
Well … it’s true. This pandemic isn’t any fun. There are multiple side effects, not just of the virus itself, but in other ways which are harming all of us. One big thing is that our kids (and we, too) might be experiencing some short- and long-term mental health issues. While most of our kids have not had the virus, due to all the stressing and restrictions implemented in an attempt to safeguard us – like medications – this strategy has unintended and downright dangerous side effects! Other types of top-news events that have happened in the past, such as hurricanes, the 9/11 attacks, and school shootings, have demonstrated long-lasting emotional impact, especially on our kids.
Some of the mental health issues that kids have are anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior (especially seen in classrooms), sleep issues, substance use disorders, suicidal ideations (and unfortunately a very few completions). During times of crisis such as what we are experiencing now with coronavirus, rates of these adverse mental health issues go up even higher.
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.