October 10, 2019
Kids today are more connected than ever before. About 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and nearly half say they're constantly online. More at WebMD
According to a new Children's Mental Health Report from the nonprofit Child Mind Institute, up to 10% of kids and teens engage in "problematic internet use (PIU)" -- online use excessive enough to interfere with their daily lives. Problematic internet use is linked with mental health conditions like depression and ADHD in kids.
Child Mind Institute president and medical director, Harold Koplewicz, MD, explains the impact of round-the-clock social media and internet use on kids' emotional well-being, and what parents can do to create a healthier balance in their children's lives.
October 9, 2019
Dr. Stephanie Samar, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, added that college students' lifestyle choices can aggravate depressive symptoms and stress. More at Yahoo!
"Many college students aren’t taking care of their bodies. Many are experimenting with substances and not eating very well, or sleeping very well, in a way that would support them to meet all these new challenges," Samar said.
September 30, 2019
The 35-year-old actor spoke about his struggle during an Advertising Week fireside chat with Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, the president of the Child Mind Institute, in which he explained that while he’d never been bullied as a child, his anxiety made it impossible for him to relax with other children fully.
“I kept one tissue for crying and one for bleeding. I was prepared for battle, but nothing ever happened, which was almost worse,” Eisenberg said. More at People
September 25, 2019
Dr. Stephanie Samar, a clinical psychologist at the Mood Disorders Center of the Child Mind Institute, said Mattel's gender-neutral dolls are part of a "positive movement" in setting the tone for toymakers to be more inclusive. More at ABC News
"It's helping provide options to those who don't feel entirely connected. This is important with race and ethnicity and these dolls seems to have this [element] as well, not just the gender piece," Samar told "GMA." "Having a doll that feels more connected to their identity can help build more self esteem."
Samar said doll play builds communication skills, empathy and compassion.
"Dolls that are diverse and representative of these kids' identities can help build these skills, so they're not [only] empathizing with this singular person, but with more diverse backgrounds," she added.
September 24, 2019
Arts and crafts don't simply create original artwork for your refrigerator. In fact, for kids, "arts and crafts play a very big role in developing critical skills for school and social functioning, as well as for life beyond the school years," says Laura Phillips, Psy.D., board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist in the learning and development center at Child Mind Institute in New York. Here, experts say, are three reasons why arts and crafts are very important to your child's development. More at Martha Stewart Living/ Yahoo Lifestyle
September 21, 2019
Teens may be more likely to open up if parents ask what’s going on in school and among their friends. “They are more likely to talk about them versus themselves,” says Sarper Taskiran, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute in New York. When parents take a more curious, nonjudgmental stance, kids will be more willing to talk—and even reveal if they have tried e-cigarettes, he says. More at The Wall Street Journal
One message that particularly resonates with kids is how they are being targeted by e-cigarette companies, with candy-like flavors and promotion by cool-looking influencers, says Dr. Taskiran from the Child Mind Institute. “Teens are at an age that they want control and they want to be autonomous. Pointing out that [those who vape] are being controlled by a multibillion-dollar company is something that is very upsetting to them,” he says.
September 18, 2019
Children Under Pressure: How to Nurture Healthy Kids in a Competitive World More
Child Mind Institute 2019 Fall Luncheon Raised $900,000 to End the Stigma of Childhood Mental Health Disorders
The Child Mind Institute hosted its 2019 Fall Luncheon on Monday, September 16, which featured a panel discussion, “Children Under Pressure: How to Nurture Healthy Kids in a Competitive World.” The discussion was moderated by Elizabeth Vargas and featured Tanith Carey, author of Taming the Tiger Parent: How to Put Your Child’s Well-Being First in a Competitive World, and Mark Reinecke, PhD, ABPP, clinical director of the Child Mind Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area.
September 15, 2019
“There is a loss of the freedom and fun of the weekend that affects kids, too,” says Jamie Howard, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to childhood mental health in New York City. Just like with adults, though, it can run deeper than simply feeling bummed out about losing movie nights and pancake breakfasts. In some situations, the Sunday Scaries are a manifestation of problems at school, whether it's struggling with academics, a learning disability, or bullying, Howard says. While teens might be able to articulate their complaints, “Younger kids often speak through their behavior,” she says. Tip-offs include a drastic change in their behavior or, at an extreme, a refusal to go to school. Little kids might also express anxiety through physical complaints, like talking about stomachaches. More at Good Housekeeping
September 11, 2019
First, there's a big difference between telling your kids they are annoying and telling them their behavior is annoying, said Dr. Stephanie Samar, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. "Telling your child that their behavior is annoying will not cause long-term issues," she told "GMA." "With that said, it is important to distinguish between evaluating behavior and evaluating the whole person when providing feedback – saying 'this behavior is annoying to me' can be constructive while saying 'you are annoying' is not and leads to all or nothing thoughts like 'I did a bad thing which means I’m bad'. More at Good Morning America
September 10, 2019
Sure, childhood can be great. But it can also be really, really hard. Kids are learning how to make their way in the world, coming up against obstacles and changing every day. More at Huffington Post
“All kids have emotions,” said Alexandra Hamlet, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist with the Mood Disorder Center at the Child Mind Institute. “Emotions aren’t bad, and kids will go through struggles. They’ll feel emotions and have to work through them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they need therapy.”