Mike Hannan

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Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Posted by Mike Hannan on Mar 15, 2018 5:08:34 PM

Sometimes, getting a teenager to do something that’s good for them may seem next to impossible, even when it’s common, typical things like eating well and getting enough sleep. Trying to get a teen to understand the importance of mental wellness and to take an active role in taking care of themselves can be even more challenging. But with rates of youth depression increasing, and NAMI reporting that at least half of all mental health conditions arise by the time a person turns 14, it is important that parents provide their teens with the guidance and support needed to make mental health a priority.   

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Mental Health Wellness

when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

Posted by Mike Hannan on Feb 1, 2018 3:59:32 PM

 “Anxiety is one of those diagnoses that is a great masquerader,” explains Dr. Laura Prager, director of the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service at Massachusetts General Hospital in an article featured for The Child Mind Institute. “It can look like a lot of things.”  Indeed, 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. In fact, the Child Mind Institute shares that “anxiety manifests differently in part because it is based on a physiological response to a threat in the environment, a response that maximizes the body’s ability to either face danger or escape danger.” 

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Causes and Risks, School Issues

the undue pressure of being picture-perfect

Posted by Mike Hannan on Jan 5, 2018 9:43:41 AM

For decades, the American psyche was bombarded with the idea of a picture-perfect being a hard-working, successful father, a stay-at-home mother, and two or more happy, healthy, well-adjusted children. Our media spoon-fed us those images through television in particular. While the concept of who makes up a family has evolved, the idea of perfection is still deeply embedded.

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burnout: it’s not just for adults

Posted by Mike Hannan on Dec 21, 2017 11:20:14 AM

I’m betting you have experienced burnout at least once in your adult life.That feeling of exhaustion, the utter lack of motivation, and the burning desire to just quit happens to the best of us - adults and children alike.

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5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

Posted by Mike Hannan on Dec 7, 2017 9:25:38 AM

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, sounds, laughter, parties, gifts and special events, the comfort of routines can get lost and the increased stimulus can put everyone on edge. Below are five ways, shared on the blog The Chaos and the Clutter, to help your child cope with the anxieties the holidays can bring, so you all can focus on the joy of the season:  

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the best way to cheer for your child

Posted by Mike Hannan on Nov 2, 2017 3:54:03 PM

As engaged, loving parents, we all want to support our children and cheer for their successes. Unfortunately, in our super competitive world, cheering for your child can easily veer into movie villain territory. Slate Advice columnist Mallory Ortberg – aka “Dear Prudence” -- has a response she often gives her letterwriters. She asks, “Did what you said sound like something the villain in a Reese Witherspoon movie would say?”  If yes, she says, you may want to re-examine your words and actions.

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness