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Second Generation Antipsychotic Medications: An Overview

As child psychiatrists, we prescribe medications. As medicines go, perhaps none are more controversial than the use of second generation antipsychotics. For at least the last 15 years, concerns about these particular medications have characterized a good part of any discourse I’ve had with parents in the office or on the lecture circuit.

My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills?

For answers to more caregiver questions about executive function skills and kids, tune in to our “Ask Ellen” Q+A with Dr. Ellen Braaten.

My kids are 8 and 5 years old.

Ask Ellen: How to Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

Executive function skills are essential for kids to thrive at school and at home. Planning, staying organized, and managing time are important for academic success and balancing the responsibilities of daily life. But what if your child is struggling with these skills?  

In our latest Ask Ellen Live Q&A, our co-director Dr.

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10 Ways to Emotionally Support Your Teen in Responding to Racism

There is so much out there on how to talk to your little ones about the racism and upheaval going on in our world today. However, there isn’t as much, in the way of guidance, as it relates to talking to your older children, teenagers, or young adults who may still reside at home.

Moving Towards Anti-Racism for Our Future Generations – Shrinking It Down

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Shrinking It Down.”

If you’re Black or Brown and growing up in America, it’s noticeable from a very young age that something feels off. That’s because, no matter where you go, there is a layered, structural unfairness that plays out.

Cómo ayudar a los jóvenes a sobrellevar el dolor y la pérdida durante COVID-19

La nueva pandemia de coronavirus ha planteado una nueva forma de vida para todos nosotros. Más allá de las preocupaciones sobre el contagio, la prevención o la desaceleración de su propagación, y los temores de enfermedad y acceso a la atención médica, una cosa está clara. Todos enfrentamos dolor y pérdida.

11 Consejos de Auto-Cuidado para Adolescentes y Adultos Jóvenes

Estrés.

Los adolescentes y adultos jóvenes ahora están más estresados, ansiosos, deprimidos y solos que nunca – al menos en los Estados Unidos.  A primera vista, es difícil aceptar este hecho.

Cuando los adolescentes hablan de suicidio: lo que necesita saber

Este es el tipo de llamada que recibimos con mucha frecuencia:

Doctor, mi hijo dijo que ya no le importa vivir. Ha estado realmente molesto por un tiempo, y cuando su novia rompió las cosas, simplemente se apagó.

My Child Was Diagnosed With Anxiety or Depression. How Should I Talk to Her About It?

“Should I use the word anxious or depressed?”  

“Should I talk about it at all with my daughter?”  

“What should I say to my teenage son?”  

“How can I even bring it up?”  

These are just a few of the questions parents ask when their child is given a diagnosis of anxiety or depression.