Being a teenager is hard between peer pressure and physical and emotional changes, many teens develop eating disorders. To help protect your child, it is important to understand the signs of an eating disorder and know how to talk to your son or daughter about healthy eating habits. Signs and symptoms of teen eating disorders…

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  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life, but high-functioning individuals may not be diagnosed until much later in life. More people than…

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All kids deal with peer pressure from their classmates. Even kids in elementary school may feel that they must meet the expectations of others or they are more likely to be bullied and such. The closer to high school they get, the worse it can become. The things they are encouraged to do as a…

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No matter how much you strive to teach your child that bodies come in all shapes and sizes—it’s likely they will be body shamed at some point. How do you help your child deal with this form of bullying?  Having a good body image helps kids feel confident. Children with a poor body image don’t…

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Is Your Child Stressed Out? Adult often have a mental picture of childhood as a happy, worry-free time in life. But just like adults who are juggling work, family and personal responsibilities, children can feel stress. What is stress?   Stress is emotional or mental strain that is caused by anxiety, pressure, worry or activity.…

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Clay County District Schools will partner with Clay Behavioral, and other local mental health agencies and nonprofits to discuss bullying, risky behaviors, social skills, and coping skills with students. This first, daylong event is part of a broader observance of Mental Health Month throughout May. WHEN:            Tuesday, May 16 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. WHERE:         Wilkinson Junior…

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Teen prescription painkiller abuse is on the rise …. and even the “good” kids are at risk Among teens, prescription drugs are the most commonly used drugs next to marijuana, and almost half of the teens abusing prescription drugs are taking painkillers. Why are so many young people turning to prescription drugs to get high?…

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Your 11-year-old is the class bully. Your 15-year-old daughter exhibits frequent sudden bursts of anger. Normal signs of childhood development or early warning signs? Depression is a serious problem in both children and teens, and learning to recognize the symptoms early can help prevent future episodes and set them up for behavioral health success. What…

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