Depression: The Growing American Mental Health Storm

Recent reports show depression is one of the greatest mental health challenges facing Americans today. Here’s how it may affect you or someone you love. It’s hard to miss, with rising rates of suicide and depression: American mental health seems to be in a downturn.Days after the suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade, at 55, the Centers for

By | 2018-08-21T12:28:00-07:00 August 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Ways To Cope With Back to School Anxiety

By Christine Frey of BRAIN XP BACK TO SCHOOL ANXIETY Back to school season has officially arrived, and summer is officially ending. Mixed emotions flow through the air. Excitement. Nerves. Curiosity. These feelings are completely normal. I’ve always experienced mixed emotions as I think about school starting again, but there’s one enormous feeling that

For Non-English Speaking Families, Getting Mental Health Help At School Proves Elusive

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett It took a year for Elvira Gomez of El Monte to realize something was wrong with the therapy her son was supposed to be receiving at school. Jose Antonio Suarez, then 5 years old, was scheduled to see a therapist once a week in his kindergarten class at a Los Angeles County

By | 2018-08-16T16:15:34-07:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Parenting Beliefs That Interfere With Effective Discipline

You’ve read the parenting books. You’ve tried the latest discipline strategies. And…unfortunately, you’re still dealing with the same old thing. Before you give up completely, let’s take a look at a silent partner in your parenting: Your thoughts. Everyone carries around an unspoken understanding of why kids act the way they do. Some of

3 Things My Daughter and I Love About Our ADHD

By Suzy Parker Health and wellness touch everyone’s life differently. This is one person’s story. I gave my daughter ADHD. In the beginning, this revelation almost tore us apart. But as we travelled down the road together, it gave us an unbreakable bond. The more I got to understand the positive sides of ADHD, the

Will My Mom’s History of Mental Illness Repeat Itself in My Kids?

Living with my mom’s erratic behavior caused me emotional trauma. Here’s how I talk about mental illness with my children to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. Health and wellness touch each of us differently. This is one person’s story.  Throughout my childhood, I knew my mother was different from other moms. She was terrified

The Mental Health Journey of a Mother and Daughter

Mental health disorders affect as many as 1 in 5 U.S. children each year. The vast majority of mental health problems begin in adolescence, with depression being the most common. Many young people who need mental health treatment do not receive it. Sadly, even if mental health problems are identified, children often face challenges with stigma. We

Is It A Mental Health Problem? Or Just Puberty?

By Dona Matthews, Ph.D. We’re seeing epidemic levels of stress in children and teenagers, with increasing rates of clinical depression, anxiety and other coping problems. Fear, uncertainty and lack of control—factors that power stress—are ramped up in times of rapid, unpredictable change. And puberty is a time of massive change: hormonal, physical, sexual, social, cognitive and neurological. Puberty

By | 2018-06-15T13:36:10-07:00 June 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Support a Friend With Mental Health Challenges

By: Katherine Martinelli We rely on our friends for a lot of things, and that definitely includes providing emotional support when things are difficult. So it makes sense that teenagers struggling with mental health challenges would turn to their friends to vent, unload, and ask for backup. But it can be difficult to figure out