Sibling Bullying

When we hear the word, “bullying,” most often we picture the schoolyard bully who picks on other students at recess or in the hallways. Often, we don’t think about siblings as bullies, or sibling scuffles may be written off as typical behavior or rivalry. In actuality, being bullied by a sibling can be just as impactful as peer bullying; when both are present, the effect on mental health is even more severe. New research has [...]

By |2019-12-26T17:57:37+00:00December 26th, 2019|

School Readiness & ADHD

Often, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not identified until a child begins struggling in elementary school or later. In kids younger than elementary age, ADHD can be difficult to identify since the main symptoms of the disorder (inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity) are common in toddlers and preschoolers. While there may not seem to be an obvious difference between very young children with ADHD and without, there is a distinct difference in their school-readiness. In a study [...]

By |2019-12-06T14:37:02+00:00December 6th, 2019|

Seasonal Affective Disorder

As Daylight Savings Time has kicked in once again this year, now is an important time to discuss the phenomenon known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). With fewer hours of daylight and more time spent in darkness, combined with colder temperatures and less outdoor time, the human body and mind can be quite affected. This time of year is certainly an adjustment for all, but for some individuals, the fall and winter season can have [...]

By |2019-11-14T23:55:48+00:00November 14th, 2019|

Concussions

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|