Articles containing: children

More Kids Are Receiving Mental Health Care, But…

July 10, 2017

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At The Clay Center, we find ourselves writing often about how seeking psychiatric treatment is stigmatized in the United States.  We especially worry about this issue when it comes to children and adolescents.

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What Their Writing Told Me: The Taboo Of Mental Illness In The Hispanic Community

July 5, 2017

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The following blog is part of The Clay Center’s series on diversity, which presents varying cultural perspectives and beliefs on mental health and well-being.

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10 Go-To Parenting Books For National Reading Month

March 20, 2017

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March is National Reading Month and a good time to reflect on the books that have made an impact on my work as a child psychologist.  I’ve compiled a list of my “go to” books that I frequently recommend to parents on some of the more common problems I’ve observed in kids.

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A Child Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Trump’s Behavior

March 3, 2017

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Why would any parent bring their kid to a child psychiatrist?

Well, I’m a child psychiatrist and the most common reason parents bring their kids to see me in my clinical practice is because they are worried about certain behaviors and want help and advice in evaluating their child.

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How To Talk To Kids About The Executive Order On Immigration

February 6, 2017

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In child psychiatry, providing guidance on controversial issues is nothing new. There’s the routine stuff: screen time, and birth control, and curfews, and how much homework is maybe too much. There are also the tough ones. The Twin Towers came down. The Boston Marathon was bombed.

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Call It Obamacare Or The Trump Act, I Just Want My Patients To Be Able To Get Care

January 26, 2017

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Sixteen-year-old Tommy is brought to the emergency room by his very worried mother. She describes a roughly one-month period in which Tommy is getting more and more irritable, isolating himself, failing academically.

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An Encounter With The Unknown – From A Mother’s Lens

January 10, 2017

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This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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Talking With Children About Suicide

September 27, 2016

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Suicide is an unfortunate and unavoidable reality in the lives of children and youth. Whether it occurs with a family member, a classmate or schoolmate, in the community, or in the media, the topic of suicide is complicated and difficult for adults to discuss with children.

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The Impact Of Technology

May 19, 2014

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In my clinical practice, I’m surprised how often I’m competing for a child’s attention, even when it’s just the two of us in a room. Commonly when I’m meeting with a child, he or she has some sort of electronic device in-hand—a phone, a video gaming device, a tablet. I know this is an experience that many adults have shared.

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How To Speak With Children About The Anniversary Of The Boston Marathon Bombing

March 4, 2014

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In these weeks leading up to the 2014 Boston Marathon, we are collectively hearing about a range of reactions to the many reminders of the event’s significance. Some are feeling distressed, perhaps from listening to the widespread media coverage discussed in our previous post.

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