Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that can occur from falls, accidents, impacts, or other types of activities that cause the brain to move rapidly back-and-forth within the skull. Though on the outside, the injury may not appear to be significant, the sudden and rapid movement of the brain can damage cells and chemical processes, as well as impact brain functioning. The effects of concussions can be mild or more severe, causing brief or [...]

By |2019-10-31T18:52:39+00:00October 31st, 2019|

Updated ADHD Treatment Guidelines

This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their diagnosing and treatment guidelines for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This update makes pediatricians’ guidelines more in line with the diagnostic criteria for ADHD in the DSM 5 (the manual used by psychologists and psychiatrists for diagnosing). Pediatricians now recognize that ADHD symptoms may be more obvious in later childhood, so the criterion on age of first symptoms has been extended from age 7 to age 12. [...]

By |2019-10-19T14:14:14+00:00October 19th, 2019|

Optimism Improves Longevity

For hundreds of years, people have sought out how to live a longer and healthier life. Over the years, research has shown us the many things that may contribute to an earlier death, such as substance use or environmental hazards. This research, though, tends to focus on the negative and what can cut our lives short rather than what helps increase our life span. Interestingly, new research does just that, and has shown that optimism [...]

By |2019-10-07T16:37:10+00:00October 7th, 2019|

Learning Issues Impact Life Outside the Classroom

Learning differences are most often identified after children or teens begin having trouble in school. Disruptive or inattentive behavior in the classroom, poor test scores, falling behind peers in reading or math, missing homework assignments, or overall poor grades are among the many reasons parents or teachers begin to suspect a child may have a learning disorder. Not surprisingly, once a learning disorder has been identified, much of the focus is placed on accommodations or [...]

By |2019-09-27T17:10:21+00:00September 27th, 2019|

Hidden Signs of Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues Americans face each year. If we are to believe commercials for antidepressants, the main defining symptom of depression is “feeling blue.” While sadness and depressed mood are key symptoms in diagnosing the disorder, there are many other symptoms and lifestyle changes that are associated with depression. Many of these symptoms might not be recognized as depression, either by observers or by the depressed person him- [...]

By |2019-09-12T18:10:18+00:00September 12th, 2019|