Mental Health Days -- What to do when your child just won't go to school

Posted by Liza Long on Aug 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

For many parents, the middle of August is the most wonderful time of the year. After hearing a thousand iterations of “I’m bored!” and waging a positional (often losing) arms race against excessive screen time, we are thrilled to cram our children’s backpacks full of shiny new school supplies and post those “milestone” first-day-of-school pics to Instagram.

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Topics: Mental Health Conditions, Getting Support, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, School Issues

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Planning Ahead Helps kids Deal with Moving Stressors

Posted by Annette Crawford on Mar 8, 2018 1:06:40 PM

The military move. Inevitable and exciting? Yes. Stressful? Not necessarily. With planning and communication, a military move can be something children – and parents – look forward to and not dread.

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Topics: Getting Support, Military Families, School Issues

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

mental Illness and your college-bound child

Posted by Michele Brown on Jun 20, 2017 3:01:23 PM

Going away to college – it’s a rite of passage for many and a time of huge personal growth and change. But for young adults dealing with mental health problems, it represents a whole new set of challenges.

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Topics: School Issues

5 strategies for standardized testing survival

Posted by Mike Hannan on Mar 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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 pressure comes in the form of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, more commonly known as STAAR tests.

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Topics: School Issues

Back-to-School, Back-to-Mental Health Concerns?

Posted by One in Five Minds on Aug 31, 2016 8:06:37 PM

For many, back-to-school brings with it plenty of excitement. There’s the joy of opening fresh school supplies, the shopping for backpacks and clothes, and the promise of engaging teachers and fun friends. However, when school’s in session, so is an increase of social and academic pressure. In fact, this pressure can easily be observed by looking at the data points that represent the influx of psychiatric ER visits occurring during the school year.

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Topics: School Issues

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