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|

Importance of Early Learning

Parents of young children are often told how important it is to expose their children to learning and reading as early as possible. Now, new research shows how beneficial this early learning really can be. Researchers examined children beginning in pre-school and again later when those children were 12 or 13, looking at the areas of math and reading. They found that pre-schoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them had better [...]

By |2019-08-30T14:00:50+00:00August 30th, 2019|

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

By their very nature, children can be challenging or uncooperative at times. Perhaps they have an occasional tantrum. When these tantrums and defiant behaviors become routine and interfere with daily life, the child may be showing signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Oppositional Defiant Disorder is typically diagnosed in children and adolescents and is based on a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behaviors, and/or vindictiveness that lasts at least 6 months. Children and adolescents with [...]

By |2019-08-19T14:27:51+00:00August 19th, 2019|