February 10, 2020
Alexandra Hamlet, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York City who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, argues that, although wanting to look like the best version of yourself has long been part of human nature (think padded bras and fake eyelashes), the apps can be particularly harmful for people with obsessive compulsive tendencies or more pronounced anxieties about their appearances. More at CNN
"Photo editing apps can exacerbate these symptoms because the imagined look becomes possible via these editing apps," Hamlet said. "For virtually no money and in the privacy of your own screen, you get an instant (fleeting) boost of self esteem by editing a photo and posting it."
February 5, 2020
A new analysis conducted by the Independent Budget Office found that NYC public school students born later in the year are more likely to be identified with a learning disability. More at Fox 5 News
“They might be viewed as not as capable as other kids in their class but in fact it is not an innate issue with them, but rather it’s the environment that they may not just be ready to meet those developmental demands,” said Dr. Matthew Pagirsky, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Child Mind Institute.
February 3, 2020
Dr. Robert Root writes on how to deal with climate anxiety. Children in Northern California know what it’s like to live under an apocalyptic haze of hazardous smoke — just like their peers in southern Australia who are experiencing vast and devastating fires. They both have much in common with children in the Bahamas who recently lived through Hurricane Dorian, the most destructive ever to reach the Caribbean. More at San Francisco Chronicle
February 3, 2020
Child Mind Institute offers an online symptom checker parents can use to analyze symptoms they recognize in their child for possible psychiatric or learning disorders. But it is currently only available in English. The group will use some of the money to upgrade its website to offering this and other service in Spanish. More at Reuter's
February 3, 2020
Grant Funds New Digital Initiative Bringing Mental Health Resources to Underserved Communities and Impacting More Than 400,000 Families More
NEW YORK, NY – Parents serve as gatekeepers for the healthcare system. Educating parents on when and how to seek treatment for their children is a critical step toward reducing gaps in care. The Child Mind Institute has been awarded $3.4 million by the Morgan Stanley Foundation, marking the launch of the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health. The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health brings together key leaders in the children’s mental health space to strategically address children’s mental health concerns, particularly focused on vulnerable communities, and the far-reaching challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression.
January 30, 2020
Dr. Natalie Weder spoke with Univision to give advice to parents on how much screen time should be in a young child’s daily life. Dr. Weder’s overall message was that there will be some signs that a child is mature enough to play with screens and cautioned when first introduced the time spent on a screen should be very short and additional time can be introduced gradually. Screen time however should not replace time spent with family and friends doing activities that create real meaningful bonds. More at Univision
January 29, 2020
Dr. Alexandra Hamlet, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, explained to MTV News that, in some ways, this is reflective of real life too. “If we go on a date, we are more flirty than if we're on a job interview — just like on LinkedIn, we're way more buttoned up and ‘professional,’” Hamlet, who is an expert in mood and anxiety disorders, said. By that logic, it makes sense that what you post on Facebook may not make the rounds on TikTok, or any other app.” Kelly agreed, noting that “sometimes you really do have to put a certain mask up, especially if you’re dealing with family or employers.” More at MTV News
According to Hamlet, it’s “healthy for humans to have different sides of themselves,” and the Dolly Parton Challenge illuminates those different facets of our personality.
January 28, 2020
Dr Mark Reinecke, a clinical director and psychologist with the Child Mind Institute, is broadly supportive of the bill, which he said reduces stigma and encourages young people to seek help, something that could offer long-term benefits. More at The Guardian
For about three-quarters of adults who struggle with anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder, symptoms first appeared in childhood, he said. Seeking treatment earlier could be a way to head off future problems.
Yet, Reinecke cautions against what he said could be “unintended consequences” of the legislation, which could increase absenteeism or even worsen symptoms for students dealing with phobias and anxiety around school.
January 23, 2020
Dr. Mark Reinecke of the Child Mind Institute says the state needs to tread carefully with legislation like this. He understands the need for parity between mental health and physical health, but says it all depends on the specific situation. More at KQED
January 22, 2020
Dr. David Anderson appeared on CNN’s Headline News on a segment called “On the Story” to discuss kids and screen time. Dr. Anderson gave parents practical information on what is acceptable and what is problematic usage on the heels of reports that lawsuits are now being filed against tech companies for not doing enough to prevent overuse by children. More at CNN Headline News