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June 30, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Do Some Children Develop OCD After An Infectious Illness?

June 30, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Some children develop obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms quite suddenly, often after an infectious illness such as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). It has been hypothesized that these symptoms derive from antibodies that cross-react with cells in the brain, causing local brain inflammation and impairing brain circuit function. However, this has been somewhat controversial, in large part because these antibodies have proven difficult to identify. A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry by a team of Yale scientists examined this phenomenon. [More]

June 2, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Children’s Visits To The Emergency Room For Mental Health Issues On The Rise

June 2, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics looked at the number of times children visited emergency departments in the U.S. for mental health care. The purpose of the study was to describe the trends in pediatric mental health emergency department visits on a national scale. We know from other studies that often times, low pediatric volume and/or emergency departments located in non-metropolitan areas tend to be less prepared to treat children, as they may only see a few children a day. [More]

March 17, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Infants With Poor Sleep Can Develop Mental Health Disorders

March 17, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the BMJ looked at infant sleep and child mental health. “We wanted to find out if infants with very persistent sleep difficulties had increased odds of experiencing mental health difficulties during childhood,” study author Falin Cook told us. “We wanted to know if there were specific types of mental disorders that they were more likely to experience.” [More]

February 4, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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This Parenting Program Helps Parents Manage Stress

February 4, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Family Systems and Health looked at whether Parenting Journey, a 12-week parenting program based on the principles of family systems theory, helps parents manage stress and improve family strengths. This is the first study of the impact of Parenting Journey on parent-reported outcomes. While there are many parent training programs, researchers say there is still a need for effective supports that can be delivered in the community to parents of different races and backgrounds. [More]

January 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Young Children Capable Of Delayed Gratification?

January 21, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Imagine this: You’re five years old and you've just been given your favorite treat. Maybe it's a marshmallow or maybe it’s a lollipop. Whatever it is, you want to devour it instantly but are told that if you wait a certain amount of time and don’t eat it until that certain amount of time is up, you’ll get another treat of the same variety, thereby increasing your tally to two treats. What would you do? What would you say a five-year-old would do? And why does it matter? [More]

January 14, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Early Life Adversity Linked To Lower IQ And ADHD

January 14, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent study examined whether extreme adversity early in life can have a long-lasting impact on brain development. Previous research shows that early childhood adversity is linked to a higher risk for a wide range of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric problems later in life. This study examined whether early adversity is also linked to changes in brain structure and whether these brain changes can partly explain why some individuals develop persisting neurodevelopmental problems, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), following adversity while others do not [More]

December 31, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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More Than One Husband Can Be Advantageous According To New Study

December 31, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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If you’re wondering what new year’s resolutions to make, you might want to consider adding another spouse or two. According to a recent study of 2000 participants over two decades living in Tanzania, multiple husbands can be advantageous to women and children when times are difficult. While this scenario might not exactly play well in most relationships today, it seems that in that remote village in East Africa where the study took place, having an extra spouse can be a buffer in economic and social crises and help children live longer. [More]