Posts in Stress / Mental Health

Stress levels affect our basic functions like sleep, eating, and general physical health, as well as the ability to take part in typical activities of middle school students (e.g. homework, school/life balance, social situations, athletics). At the same time, sleep and eating difficulties, problems with organization (e.g. poor study habits) and situational factors (e.g. family difficulties, illness, moving or other changes in families) can elevate stress levels. We focus in this section on stress, mental health, and wellness-related topics for middle school students. As in the other categories in this blog like Development and Parenting, there is a wide range of what is typical as it relates to stress and mental health. Through posts and links, we will help define what is typical and what might be reason for seeking someone to speak with about your child. We will also cover topics related to resilience and encouragement of success through stressful and less stressful times.

Topics/Posts
* Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits
*Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen (from the Mayo Clinic)
*The scary trend of tweens with anorexia
* Substance Use and Abuse Links
* General Emotional/Mental Health Links
* Stress Links

  1. Article on the connection between sleep deprivation and ADHD symptoms

    [ By on May 07, 2013 ]

    Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit  Link to article Also see related letter by Marc Weissbluth: To the Editor: Associating A.D.H.D symptoms with sleep problems is nothing new. Children who do not breathe well during sleep were described in 1914 by Dr. W. L. Ballenger: “Restlessness during the night is a prominent symptom. ... Daytime restlessness is also a characteristic sign. ... The child is fretful and peevish, or is inclined to turn from one amusement to another. ... The mental faculties are often much impaired ... difficult attention ... is very often present. The child is listless and has difficulty in applying himself continuously to his play, studies, ...

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  2. Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen (from the Mayo Clinic)

    [ By on December 05, 2012 ]

    Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen Concerned about teen eating disorders? Know what contributes to teen eating disorders, the consequences of eating disorders and the best strategies for prevention. By Mayo Clinic staff Why teens develop eating disorders The exact cause of eating disorders — such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder — is unknown. However, various factors might put teens at risk of developing eating disorders. For example: * Societal pressure. Modern Western culture tends to place a premium on being physically attractive and having a slim body. Even with a normal body weight, teens can easily develop the perception that they're fat. This can trigger an obsession with losing weight, ...

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  3. The scary trend of tweens with anorexia

    [ By on December 05, 2012 ]

    CNN Health Parenting.com The scary trend of tweens with anorexia By Margaret Renkl, Parenting More than 60% of elementary and middle school teachers reported that eating disorders are a problem in their schools. More than 60% of elementary and middle school teachers reported that eating disorders are a problem in their schools. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Children have a lower percentage of body fat than adolescents and adults Because they are still developing, severe cases can permanently affect tweens The average age for the onset of anorexia used to be 13 to 17. Now it's 9 to 12 (Parenting) -- In March ...

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  4. Substance Use and Abuse Links

    [ By on December 04, 2012 ]

    Teens and Drug Abuse Freedom Institute NYC www.abovetheinfluence.org www.drugabuse.gov

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  5. General Emotional/Mental Health Links

    [ By on December 04, 2012 ]

    National Institute of Mental Health HHS - Office of Adolescent Health PBS - It's My Life - Emotions www.teenshealth.org Collaborative Problem Solving American Psychological Association American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  

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  6. Stress Links

    [ By on November 07, 2012 ]

    An excellent resource on stress.   A Ted talk by the author of "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" Kidshealth.org "stress center"  

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