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Increasing Understanding of Multicultural Mental Health Concerns

English tends to provide a robust variety of descriptions for mental health issues, whether they’re represented in the DSM or not. For the most part, we can talk about trauma, adverse childhood experiences, anxiety, and depression and trust that other people understand the feelings and sensations we describe.


Children, Teens, and Anxiety

Overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically magnified the collective anxiety of an already restless world. As adults attempt to navigate the stormy seas of uncertainty, children and teens are also suffering greatly, leaving many parents and caregivers wondering what they can do to help.


Teens’ Chronic Negative Thinking Can Lead to Sleep Deprivation, Depression

New research suggests that rumination or persistent negative thinking associated with perfectionism can keep teenagers awake at night and increase their chance of becoming depressed and anxious.

Australian researchers performed an online study of almost 400 adolescents aged 14 to 20 years that assessed difficulty initiating sleep, repetitive negative thinking, perfectionism, and depressed mood.


Deep Bench: Getting a proper diagnosis for bipolar I disorder

Roughly 11 million adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder, but nearly 70% have been misdiagnosed at least once, and on average it takes 10 years to get an accurate diagnosis.

Psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Cutler was on the Deep Bench via satellite on Tuesday to talk about why getting a proper diagnosis can be so hard and the latest approaches in managing this disorder. He was joined by Matt, a husband and father of two living with bipolar I disorder.


Why Women Have Higher Rates of PTSD Than Men

The topic of women and sexual trauma has certainly been in the news lately, provoking a great deal of emotion and outrage. Much trauma research focuses on male combat veterans, yet women actually have double the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men!


Language, Self-Awareness, and Coping Skills: The Building Blocks of Emotional Regulation

Many children and teens with ADHD struggle with emotional regulation, or the ability to recognize and control emotions and associated behaviors. When emotions run high, it tends to have a “flooding” effect on the brain, crowding out all other information, and resulting in angry outbursts, meltdowns, or withdrawal. The ability to regulate our emotions isn’t something we’re born knowing how to do but rather a set of skills that must be learned. Here are some tips on how to help your child develop the necessary skills to manage big emotions.


9 Symptoms of Anxiety That May Surprise You

Low-grade tension. Difficulty relaxing. Feeling overwhelmed by life.

You probably associate these symptoms with anxiety and fear.

However, there are additional indications of anxiety, such as


I have autism, but that doesn't mean I'm not smart. This doesn’t apply to just myself, but to all those who learn differently; different does NOT mean inferior

Often times, people have a stereotype in their minds of what autism is and how people with it function. But as the saying goes, “You meet one person on the spectrum, you meet one person on the spectrum!” No two autistic people are the same. Yet, from outward appearances, or because of my “label,” I feel like people often assume that my intelligence is low-grade.