22 Posts by: "Mike Hannan"



Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Sometimes, getting a teenager to do something that’s good for them may seem next to impossible. However, teens need their parent's guidance and support to make mental health a priority.
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when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

Anxious children react to their environment in a variety of ways - some of which parents may find surprising! Often, a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder will behave like an angry, sad or disruptive child.
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the undue pressure of being picture-perfect

the undue pressure of being picture-perfect

While society’s idea of family may include myriad combinations of gender, age, race, background, and socio-economic status, we remain fixated on attaining perfection. And in large part, we do that to ourselves through social media.
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burnout: it’s not just for adults

burnout: it’s not just for adults

When experiencing stress at unhealthy levels, students can begin feeling sick, leading to missed school days that make them fall behind on coursework, causing more stress!
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5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year…and for children with anxiety and their families, the most stressful. Amid the swirls of lights, color,…
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the best way to cheer for your child

the best way to cheer for your child

Support comes in all shapes and sizes, and this advice applies to more than just sports. Your child needs your healthy support in every activity, from soccer to competitive rock, paper, scissors.
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when it comes to mental health, lead by example

when it comes to mental health, lead by example

Adolescence is hard – some might argue more so than adulthood – so if taking a mental health day benefits an adult, why wouldn’t it also benefit a child?
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Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

A 2016 report by the Associated Press stated that 2.7 million grandparents are raising grandchildren, and about one-fifth of those have incomes that fall below the poverty…
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children’s mental health and the juvenile justice system

children’s mental health and the juvenile justice system

Between 30 and 50% of kids in the juvenile justice system experience mental illness. Family involvement is the single best asset these kids can have.
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finding the help you need in your child’s school

For any child with mental health needs, school can be a challenging and frustrating place. And schools can't help if they don’t understand the extent of your child’s…
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at the intersection of faith and mental health

For many of us, our spiritual leaders are a natural first place to turn in times of mental health challenges. They know us and our families, they are often a comforting…
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building mental health resiliency in the summer months

building mental health resiliency in the summer months

Building resiliency in kids with mental health challenges is a year-round process, but the summer months can prove to be especially challenging.
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strength amid the stress: nurturing yourself and your spouse

Marriage isn’t easy even under the best of circumstances. A marriage enduring the stress of caring for an ill family member is perhaps one of life’s more difficult…
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5 ways to keep your teen healthy and happy this summer

5 ways to keep your teen healthy and happy this summer

Let’s talk about some ways to keep the summer fun and easy, while making sure your kids get what they need to stay healthy, busy and happy.
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Helping Your Child Cope with a Military Deployment

In military families, deployment is a fact of life. Since 2001, more than 2 million children in the U.S. have had a parent deployed at least once. Close to half of those…
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Where to Start When Your Child Needs Mental Health Care

If your child is showing signs that they might need mental health care, do you know where to go to find help? Parents who see behavioral changes in their child and worry…
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mental illness: know the facts, dispel the myths

mental illness: know the facts, dispel the myths

These are the most common myths about children's mental illness that we encounter, and the facts that disprove them.
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is the emergency room the best choice for your child’s mental illness crisis?

is the emergency room the best choice for your child’s mental illness crisis?

When your child needs physical care as well as mental, an emergency room is clearly the best option. However, mental health patients face two major hurdles when they use the ER for treatment during a crisis.
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5 strategies for standardized testing survival

Standardized testing for many families is the toughest time of the school year. The pressure to perform ripples through classrooms across the country. In Texas, that…
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what causes children's mental illness?

what causes children's mental illness?

The causes of mental illness are hot topics for research and understanding by medical doctors, psychologists and therapists alike.
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seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues

seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues

When the winter blues become much more, it’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and left untreated, could lead to serious complications.
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children's mental illness: how do you know the signs?

children's mental illness: how do you know the signs?

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day.
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