Tag: Mental Health Services

Clinical management of behavioral insomnia of childhood

Abstract Behavioral insomnia is highly prevalent, affecting approximately 25% of children. It involves difficulties initiating and maintaining sleep and frequently results in inadequate sleep, leading to an array of negative effects for both the child and the child’s family. In this paper, we describe a variety of empirically supported behavioral interventions for insomnia from infancy…

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Childhood Insomnia Causes and Treatment

Most parents picture a crying baby when they think about kids and sleep problems. Many older kids and teens have problems sleeping too, including trouble going to sleep and waking up frequently in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, not getting a good night’s sleep can affect your child’s mood and behavior during the day,…

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Anxiety in Older Adults

Have you ever suffered from excessive nervousness, fear or worrying? Do you sometimes experience chest pains, headaches, sweating, or gastrointestinal problems? You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Excessive anxiety that causes distress or that interferes with daily activities is not  a normal part of aging, and can lead to a variety of health problems…

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What Are Symptoms and Causes of Behavioral Insomnia in Children?

There may be many reasons why your child has difficulty sleeping at night, but two common causes are classified under a condition called behavioral insomnia of childhood. What are the symptoms and causes of difficulty falling asleep in children? Parents especially might be interested in learning how bedtime routines can optimize sleep training in newborn…

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12 Ways to Calm Your Anxiety

I wasn’t always an anxious person, but after a depression diagnosis six years ago, I was quickly overwhelmed with symptoms that became hard to ignore. As if depression wasn’t enough, my doctor diagnosed me with generalized anxiety disorder. Soon, it seeped into every aspect of my life, making it impossible to function normally. I lived…

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Symptoms and Signs of Insomnia

Statistics from the National Institutes of Health indicate that a shocking number of Americans believe they suffer from insomnia. Over 40 million alone report chronic and/or acute insomnia symptoms. Chronic insomnia is long-term sleep deprivation. These folks are not sleeping night after night. Another 20 million report they’ve had temporary episodes or bouts of insomnia….

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Some ADHD meds may increase risk of psychosis, study finds

A new study sheds light on a rare but potentially dangerous risk of commonly-used medications to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers evaluated the two most common types of ADHD medications and found that, while the risk is low, certain drugs have an increased risk of psychosis. “We looked at new users, people who are being…

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Effects of Anxiety on the Body

Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety can interfere with your quality of life. While perhaps most recognized for behavioral changes, anxiety can also have serious consequences on your physical health. Read on to learn more about the major effects anxiety has on your body. The effects of anxiety on the body…

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What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. Recently, researchers have begun to think about insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (your brain has a sleep cycle and a wake cycle—when one is turned on the other is…

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Late Life Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders have historically been thought of as problems of childhood and early adulthood. However, the prevalence of anxiety disorders among older adults ranges from 10% to 20%, making this class of disorders more prevalent than other common late-life psychiatric problems such as dementia or depression. Late Life Onset The onset of generalized anxiety disorder…

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