Gun Violence in Children

Gun violence is now the number one cause of death in children Currently, the number one cause of death in children & teens ages 1-19 is gun violence and injury. Motor vehicle accidents used to be the primary cause of death, but not anymore.   Researchers found that firearm-related deaths overall increased 14% between 2019…

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Suicide Prevention in Teens Begins with Parental Awareness

Risk factors for teen & young adult suicide. Suicide prevention begins with parental awareness of risk factors in your teen or young adult. By knowing these risk factors, parents can recognize if their child or teen needs extra supervision, support, & more chances to talk: Deliberate but non-suicidal self-harm, such as cutting – puts kids…

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Teenage Girls, Eating Disorders, and Instagram

Eating disorders linked to Instagram use. The prevalence of eating disorders is increasing, and Instagram use is contributing to anxiety among teenage girls. This should be of great concern to parents. You should be worried about your teenage daughter using Instagram. I am not only sensitive about this issue, but also pessimistic about the current…

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Recognizing stress in children and adolescents

Parents may not know how to recognize stress in their child. Look for these signs of stress in older children & adolescents… Changes in mood (not typical for your child) – irritability, rage, & new conflicts with friends. A new nervous habit, such as nail-biting may indicate anxiety. New fears – such as fear of…

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How to tell if your teenager has an eating disorder

Our adolescent girls are suffering during this pandemic. As a result, eating disorders in adolescents are on the rise. Before the pandemic, 5% of adolescent girls showed signs of an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia). Recent reports suggest the number is much higher. The mean age of onset is a young 12.5 years old. Girls…

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