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November 6, 2018

The classic definition of bullying states that a victim of bullying experiences a repeated

negative behavior (frequency) that is intentional and involves a power differential between the victim and bully. When we question if a child is being bullied, we often count the...

October 3, 2018

An often unspoken, but significant loss a parent can experience is when their child has a

mental illness. To consider this a source of loss is uncomfortable for many parents as they do not want to view their child’s illness as a burden. However, parents often respond to...

August 27, 2018

Underage drinking has a profound impact on the lives of teenagers. Research suggests the earlier the onset of underage drinking, the higher the risk of future illicit drug use and risky sexual behavior. Despite knowing the risks, teens are still drinking. But why?

First...

May 31, 2018

School refusal affects around 1-5% of school-aged children and is most common among 5 to 10 year olds.  There are several reasons why a child may refuse school including a specific school-based fear such as exams, avoidance of social interactions, separation anxiety fr...

April 24, 2018

Pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects .5-3% of children adolescents and is characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, unwanted thoughts or images that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an indiv...

March 12, 2018

Emotion regulation has been identified as an influential component of developing and maintaining mental illness, as it requires one to respond to their emotions in a socially acceptable and flexible way, and control inappropriate emotional reactions. Emotional awarenes...

February 22, 2018

When an adolescent is experiencing anxiety, it is important to consider if and how the parent’s own internalizing symptoms influence their perception of their child’s anxiety. Internalizing symptoms include anxiety and depression, as these include negative thoughts and...

January 2, 2018

Adolescence is a critical period of time to build a healthy identity. During this time, children explore their sexuality, personality, individuality, and connectedness with others. Parents play a key role in reinforcing their young child’s positive behavior, effort, an...

December 18, 2017

Adolescence is a period of time filled with new romantic experiences offering opportunities for love, passion, and commitment but also anxiety, inequity and potential violence. The rates of victimization and perpetration in late adolescence are alarming at around 30-35...

December 2, 2017

In the past decade, the education system has become increasingly competitive and demanding in terms of academic workload and test taking. It is very common for children and adolescents to feel a heightened sense of worry about their ability to handle the demands of tes...

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