'My six-year-old has tried to take his own life twice and I'm terrified'

'My six-year-old has tried to take his own life twice and I'm terrified'

Amy’s* six-year-old son Noah* has tried to take his own life twice and threatens every day to do it again. It's estimated 1 in 7 school-age children has a mental health problem, like anxiety, depression and behaviour problems, but only 1 in 4 gets the help they need.

Technology Doesn’t Have to Be a Problem for Kids

Technology Doesn’t Have to Be a Problem for Kids

The researchers concluded, “ Like other forms of maternal withdrawal and unresponsiveness, mobile-device use can have a negative impact on infant social-emotional functioning and parent-child interactions .” Distracted parents—those who keep their devices close and are frequently checking them or responding to phone calls and messages—tend to be less predictable, less reliable, and less attentive.

Why Young People Fear The Future

It’s hard for young people to talk about the part of themselves that isn’t looking forward to the future. “I’d rather not have my freedom,” many young people are saying, in effect, as they complain of ‘anxiety’, as they refuse to engage with school, with relationships, with the future.

Teletherapy-Hypnosis May Help Ease IBS Symptoms

Teletherapy-Hypnosis May Help Ease IBS Symptoms

Summary: Skype-Delivered Hypnosis is Helpful for IBS To summarize, the results of recent research have found that hypnosis may be an effective treatment for reducing pain, anxiety, and IBS severity and improving quality of life in people who have IBS.

Stressed Parents—Voila, Stressed Kids

Stressed Parents—Voila, Stressed Kids

While autonomy promotion occurs in times of either cultural necessity or economic stability, parental control emerges in periods of economic or global instability. The goal of a good parent is to be attuned to a child and provide them with options to meet their needs and interests.

What To Do When Your Adult Child Lies To You

What To Do When Your Adult Child Lies To You

Adult children who have patterns of lying are often likely deceptive because of they want to hide their struggles. Gaining a solid understanding of why your adult child lies is crucial to learning how to effectively respond.

Does Molting Make Animals Anxious?

Does Molting Make Animals Anxious?

In a new study , Fossat and his colleagues sought to determine whether the stressful events of molts induce anxiety-like behaviors in crayfish.

When Your Child Experiences Anxiety

When Your Child Experiences Anxiety

Be sure to find a mental health provider who has significant experience with anxious youth, who has training in evidence-based therapies in anxiety for children and adolescents, and who you and your child feel comfortable talking with during your first session.

Teen Pot Use Raises Later Suicide Risk

Teen Pot Use Raises Later Suicide Risk

However, the odds of developing depression as a young adult were 37 percent higher for those who used marijuana in their teen years compared to those who didn't, the findings showed.

Social Anxiety in the Digital Age

Social Anxiety in the Digital Age

A 2016 meta-analysis in the journal Computers in Human Behavior showed a correlation “between social anxiety and feelings of comfort online.” Computer mediated communication offers a few key features that may appeal to socially anxious individuals: “text-based communication with reduced audio and visual cues,” “anonymity,” and asynchronicity (i.e., there is no immediate need to respond).

A Psychological Approach to Anxiety

A Psychological Approach to Anxiety

Indeed, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is, in a relational frame, a method of teaching patients how to relate to themselves the way rational parents reassure a certain kind anxious child (by weighing evidence).

All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed

As children direct their own free play and solve the problems that come up, they must exert control over themselves and must, at times, accept restrictions on their own behavior and follow the rules if they want to be accepted and successful in the game.

'I couldn't look at baby stuff in case I didn't get to bring my baby home'

'I couldn't look at baby stuff in case I didn't get to bring my baby home'

PANDA CEO Terri Smith says of the callers to PANDA’s helpline, 30 percent are experiencing anxiety or depression during pregnancy, and 80 percent of them haven’t told their midwife how they’re feeling.

Your Emotions Don't Care About You

Your Emotions Don't Care About You

If your emotions are not well calibrated, then you will want to take more than one measurement. And if you wait and take a measurement of your anger the next day and it is lower, then you know that it was miss-calibrated.

Shame and Compassion: Q&A With Paul Gilbert, Part 1 of 2

Shame and Compassion: Q&A With Paul Gilbert, Part 1 of 2

Source: Foundry/Pixabay (modifications: Arash Emamzadeh) As you note in The Compassionate Mind, the third emotion-regulation network is linked with being “happy with the way things are and feeling safe, not striving or wanting” (p.

10 Signs Your Baby (or Toddler) Is an Introvert

10 Signs Your Baby (or Toddler) Is an Introvert

As your child gets older, he or she may shut down, cling to a “safe” person, or have meltdowns in the face of crowds, new people and situations, or busy environments. Private by nature, introverts tend to need time to warm up to new people ; your child is no exception.

Relationships & Money: Savers vs. Spenders

Relationships & Money: Savers vs. Spenders

Some couples struggle simply because they individually or together lack the skills to manage money well — they don’t know how to set up a budget, balance a checkbook, or how to plan and save for future needs.

Divorce and Anxiety in Children and Teens

Divorce and Anxiety in Children and Teens

Hence, it is important that the adults noticing these changes in the child's or teenager's behaviors, mood, and attitude further explore underlying feelings of loss, grief, helplessness, guilt, blame, and anger that could be fueling the anxiety.

If it's not postpartum depression, what is it? (Hint: It might be anxiety)

If it's not postpartum depression, what is it? (Hint: It might be anxiety)

While she thinks a more inclusive name like "perinatal mood and anxiety disorders" might help women, she said being open makes the biggest difference.

Are Psychiatric Disorders Related to Each Other?

Are Psychiatric Disorders Related to Each Other?

If further data support the concept of a p factor underlying the risk of a large variety of psychiatric disorders, what are the implications regarding diagnostic criteria for individual illnesses?

How Yoga and Breathing Help the Brain Unwind

How Yoga and Breathing Help the Brain Unwind

In the case of yoga and breathing exercises, the hypothesis is that these practices enable us to directly impact how our brains work by stimulating the vagus nerve and thereby increasing GABA levels in key area which raise parasympathetic nervous system “tone”, balancing-out relatively excessive sympathetic nervous system activity.

3 Types of Family Secrets and How They Drive Families Apart

3 Types of Family Secrets and How They Drive Families Apart

Benign family secrets that can increase closeness include things like children sharing a “secret” language from their parents or family units sharing inside jokes and traditions. Notice that in general, individual secrets tend to center on a family member hiding a rule violation.

Rising Rates of College Mental Health Services Utilization

Rising Rates of College Mental Health Services Utilization

While there are limitations to the results reported – including a relatively low response rate to the survey (23-29% in recent years), a lack of quality measures of mental health treatment, a reliance on simple measures of stigma, and the absence of items regarding anxiety, substance abuse and PTSD – this is an impressive survey study.

9 Strategies to Avoid Passing Your Fears to Your Kids

9 Strategies to Avoid Passing Your Fears to Your Kids

Source: Annie Spratt/Unsplash Parents who have specific fears or who are generally predisposed to anxiety often worry about passing their issues onto their children. For example: Help your child adopt a problem-solving approach when she encounters anxiety-provoking situations.

Bird Box: Who Is the Boogeyman Within?

Bird Box: Who Is the Boogeyman Within?

Taking this information into consideration, it seems probable that in Bird Box, the “diffuse evil,” resulting in a self-imposed end of humanity, may indeed be a metaphor for social media.

Why Is It So Hard to Plan for the Future?

Why Is It So Hard to Plan for the Future?

Source: Adobe Stock Our feelings about death, separation, and nothingness may help us understand why human beings seem to have such difficulty looking at the future, planning for 20, 50, 200, 500 years down the road.

Understanding the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Understanding the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Source: Pexels royalty free Research findings suggesting that sleep loss and anxiety are closely linked were among those presented at Neuroscience 2018 , the annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience held in San Diego, California.

Self-Compassion Reduces Negative Mood over Time

Self-Compassion Reduces Negative Mood over Time

Specifically, it looked at if the amount that people "accept" their negative emotions is associated with (a) better mental health and (b) reduced negative moods over time. In Study 2, these researchers measured people's general level of acceptance of their negative thoughts and emotions.

Fear of Pain Triggers Crippling Anxiety for Some but Not All

Fear of Pain Triggers Crippling Anxiety for Some but Not All

The researchers were able to identify distinctive neural patterns in fear-processing brain regions that corresponded with how patients had self-assessed their pain-related fear in various questionnaires.

Social Anxiety's Newest Theory and the 7 Links to Depression

Social Anxiety's Newest Theory and the 7 Links to Depression

In modeling the relationship between symptoms of depression and social anxiety, the authors identified connections among irritability, feelings of worthlessness, mood instability, depressed mood, positive affect, social avoidance, and social fear.

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