November 13, 2019
Dr. Natalie Weder, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute, talks about signals that can point to depression in Hispanic teens and what parents should do to help. Dr. Weder discusses the difference between normal mood fluctuations and the changes which can signal a possible mental health challenge. More at WXTV (Univision)
November 6, 2019
“It’s really important not to get ahead of the science here,” David Anderson, PhD, the senior director of national programs and outreach at the Child Mind Institute, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “What research on screens shows is that too much screen time pushes out other important developmental moments for kids. It’s not so much that we have a strong body of evidence yet — it’s more about what the kids aren’t doing while they’re watching that screen.” More at Yahoo!
November 5, 2019
This article is in Spanish. More at Univision
Dr. Natalie Weder, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute, explains that “eco-anxiety” is bigger for each new generation and that it can cause depression, lack of interest in the future, and even rebellion. Dr. Weder recommends offering information and facts according to the kids’ ages and addressing their concerns.
November 4, 2019
According to David Anderson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and senior director of National Programs and Outreach at the Child Mind Institute, it’s especially important “to be very cautious when using screens with young kids, as this study highlights, as young kids are in a critical developmental period." More at ABC News
At this stage, children "require face-to-face interaction," said Anderson to reach developmental milestones including building language and social skills. During this time they also develop empathy, the ability to understand emotion, and "build stamina to navigate personal situations," he said.
This study brings up the important question: What is screen time replacing? It is unclear if the findings are related to the screen time itself, or from the lack of other activities that screen time replaces, such as reading with parents, socializing and outdoor play.
On the other hand, Anderson pointed out that "there can be positive effects" of screen time including "increasing social connection, particularly in kids in marginalized groups, where finding online communities where they can be accepted and supported can be immensely positive."
And in teenagers and adults, "small doses of screen time can be a mental health-positive way of relaxing, reducing stress, and connecting socially to friends and family members."
November 1, 2019
"While we can't pinpoint the source of the increase in ADHD rates in adults, we can surmise that it has to do with growing recognition of ADHD in the adult populations by doctors and service providers, as well as increased public awareness of ADHD overall," said study co-author Dr. Michael Milham. He is vice president of research at the Child Mind Institute, in New York City. More at U.S. News & World Report
November 1, 2019
Specifically, there was "a 43% increase in the rate of adults being newly diagnosed over the 10-year period," said Dr. Michael Milham, vice president of research at the Child Mind Institute in New York, who was senior author of the study. He added that the rise might be the result of ADHD being diagnosed more frequently. "In short, I believe the clinical community is recognizing that ADHD is not just a disorder of childhood and we cannot turn a blind eye to its negative outcomes," Milham said. More at CNN
November 1, 2019
Diagnoses Increasing at a Much Higher Rate in Adults Than Children NEW YORK, NY – Researchers from the Child Mind Institute and colleagues have found that diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults more than doubled over a ten year period, far surpassing the increased diagnosis rate in children. Notably, white adult patients had significantly higher rates of diagnosis compared to other racial and ethnic subgroups. More
October 29, 2019
Most medical and psychological professionals agree that affirming children is the best approach for children with gender dysphoria, said Paul Mitrani, clinical director and child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute in New York.
Affirming means that parents can address such children by their preferred pronoun or name, ask them questions about their gender assertions and engage them in conversations about their interests and gender expressions in affirming. More at The Washington Post
“Affirming is just saying, ‘This is who you are right now,’" Mitrani said. “You’re not trying to push them one way or another.”
Parents have a role in making sure their children feel safe to be themselves, but how children express their gender with one parent over the other isn’t an indicator of the child’s transgender identity, according to experts.
If Younger’s child is acting like and preferring to be a boy, the child could be conforming to the father’s expectations and adapting in a way that diminishes stress, Mitrani said.
Younger has said that the child behaves as a boy and wants to be treated as male when not around the mother, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Although much concern has surrounded the medical care of the 7-year-old, the likelihood that the child will deal with any serious medical decisions is low at the moment, Mitrani said.
If there is any change a transgender or gender diverse child might experience at this age, it is mainly social.
October 28, 2019
Is “time” really the problem with “screen time”? Researchers have described the negative effects of large amounts of time online and the beneficial effect of moderation. For instance, a 2019 study of more than 6,500 12- to 15-year-olds found that more than three hours of social media use a day is linked to depressive symptoms, while a 2017 study suggested that moderate online gaming and interaction, around an hour a day, is protective against mental health symptoms. More at TIME
October 28, 2019
Psychologists have a new directive for anxious teens: Post selfies on Instagram and Snapchat.
During a week-long boot camp for teens with social anxiety at the Child Mind Institute in New York over the summer, psychologist Amanda Mintzer worked with patients on texting: Anxious children can find it difficult to initiate texts or speak up in group texts. “They are typically falling into thinking traps, or worst-case scenarios, ‘they are going to think I’m weird or this is going to sound really pushy,’ ” says Dr. Mintzer. “We’ll divide the children into different rooms and have them text each other and practice having a conversation,” she says. Eventually she’ll have them text their real-life friends. Dr. Mintzer also created a private Instagram group for the program and required patients to post selfies and leave comments on others’ posts. More at WSJ