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Will ADHD Medication Change My Child’s Brain?

What we know about the long-term effects of stimulants taken for ADHD Caroline Miller If you have a child who’s been diagnosed with ADHD, you may be facing a decision whether to try medication. Stimulant medications have been shown repeatedly to be the most effective treatment for the symptoms of ADHD, helping kids pay attention,…

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Taking Picky Eating to the Extreme

By ABBY ELLINJAN. 17, 2017 Credit Jun Cen Jeaninne Mackson always knew there were certain foods her son, Brendan, wouldn’t eat. If it didn’t have a “crunch” to it — say, cookies, crackers or extra crispy fries — he couldn’t even put it near his lips. But Ms. Mackson, of Shrewsbury, Mass., figured her son…

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How Can We Help Kids With Self-Regulation?

Some kids need help learning to control their emotions, and resist impulsive behavior If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve witnessed a tantrum or two in your day. We expect them in two-year-olds. But if your child reaches school age and meltdowns and outbursts are still frequent, it may be a sign that he or…

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We need to talk to kids about suicide without glamorizing it. Here’s how.

By Madeleine Deliee I was 13 years old when “Dead Poets Society” came out; my friends and I spent copious amounts of time analyzing it. Yes, I adored Robert Sean Leonard, but it was his character’s suicide, because he felt misunderstood by his father and hemmed in by an already-scripted future, that remains most clearly…

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How Exercise Can Help Depression in Kids

Physical activity improves young children’s mental health Alice Park @aliceparkny Jan. 9, 2017 Exercise isn’t a cure for depression, but being active has been shown to alleviate some symptoms of depression in both teens and adults. Depending on the severity of the mood disorder, it could go a long way toward helping problems like negativity…

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You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

An MRI scan highlighting the frontal lobe. As people mature, reshaping of the brain slows, but in the frontal lobe new links are still forming at age 30. Credit Living Art Enterprises/Science Source Leah H. Somerville, a Harvard neuroscientist, sometimes finds herself in front of an audience of judges. They come to hear her speak…

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Being Mom To A Middle Schooler Can Be The Toughest Gig Of All

Being Mom To A Middle Schooler Can Be The Toughest Gig Of All December 29, 20165:00 AM ET Juli Fraga Although her oldest child, Ben, is 10 years old, Andrea Scher, 44, feels like a new mom again. Scher suffered from maternal depression after Ben was born, eventually recovering with the help of antidepressants and…

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How To Help Kids With Post-Election Anxiety

November 10, 2016 By Gene Beresin, M.D. and Steven Schlozman, M.D. Posted in: Families, Hot Topics Elections are, above all, political moments; but, each one offers parenting moments as well. That is certainly the case with this one. Last Wednesday, one Boston-area mother told our friend Carey Goldberg, the co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog: “My son…

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Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility

By KJ DELL’ANTONIA OCT. 4, 2016 The ability to recognize and manage emotions, known as emotional intelligence, is critical to lifelong success, psychologists say. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times It’s hard to see a child unhappy. Whether a child is crying over the death of a pet or the popping of a…

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