Mental Health

ADHD and Delinquent Behaviors: Is there a link?

December 16, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Development, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

In recent years, criminologists have begun to focus more closely on how certain biosocial and/or neuropsychological factors may influence criminal and delinquent behavior. One condition receiving attention in this area is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM 5), ADHD is characterized by diminished..

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Concussion: What Parents Should Know About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

As football season descends rapidly upon us, worries about concussions and what exactly should occur following one come to the forefront. Concussions are complex because they can range from mild to severe, with some children and teens recovering quickly, while in others symptoms seem to linger on. Understanding the various aspects of a concussion and..

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Chronic Pain in Childhood: Can it Impact The Way Your Child Thinks?

December 1, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Chronic pain is usually associated with adults and those suffering from serious injury. However, chronic pain in childhood occurs more commonly than one might think. Migraines, stomach aches, back pain and other pain conditions often pop up in childhood and require intensive treatment and school accommodations. Not much is understood about the impact of chronic..

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The Motivational Approach to Psychology

November 14, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health | by

Psychologists may use many different types of theoretical views when conducting therapy. Traditional views tend to be labeled psychoanalytic or psychodynamic. These schools of thought place the therapist in the expert role and the patient in the student role. To the contrary, postmodern psychological theories, such as motivational psychology, employ a more collaborative approach that..

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What Is Forensic Neuropsychology?

November 12, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health, Question of the Month | by

Neuropsychology is a science focused on how brain function relates to behavior. Forensic neuropsychology revolves around the relationship between brain disorders and injuries and criminal behavior. Neuropsychologists are clinical psychologists at the doctorate level who have specialized training in brain-behavior relationships and psychological and cognitive assessment. Brain Dysfunction and Behavior Brain injuries, chemical imbalances and..

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Psychosocial Factors of Wearing a Prosthetic

October 20, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health | by

Life after losing a limb and learning to rely on a prosthetic involves changes in the individual on psychological, physical and social levels. In the process of adjusting to life after the trauma of such an event, there are consequences in terms of psychosocial functioning as the individual manages the loss itself. Additionally, emotional issues..

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Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help?

Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help? As children grow and develop one of the biggest challenges they face is understanding their emotional reaction to the world around them. Expressing feelings verbally assumes that one has the words to go with a particular emotion, and that the inner..

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Mental Health Disorders in Literary Greats

September 24, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health | by

Literary Characters with Mental Problems Literature provides a great wealth of characters that illustrate mental illness in interesting and unique ways. Though authors may not always have a particular mental illness in mind when creating a character, they often carve out symptoms that match various diagnostic criteria. Using the DSM-IV-TR, the diagnostic manual used by..

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Video Games That Are Good For Your Kids

September 19, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Positive Thinking Video Games Positive thinking computer games should enhance and strengthen each aspect of human cognition. Since the mind and the body are connected, games must cover the broad categories that are part of daily life. Underlying positive thinking is a strong mind, a strong body and an ability to have insight. Games that..

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Anger Management for Kids

Anger in children can be difficult to manage. Children often do not have the vocabulary to attach to various feeling states. When children feel angry and they have no words to describe the sensations, they will often act out aggressively. Their aggression is usually a means to communicate internal feelings of anger or sadness that..

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