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Category : ADHD

Irritability in Children Can be More than Just a Bad Mood

Irritability, defined as a low threshold to experience anger in response to frustration, is one of the main reasons children are referred to a mental health evaluation. Irritability can appear as age-inappropriate temper outbursts and a sullen, grouchy mood and is associated with several child and adolescent mental health conditions.

Is Internet Use Changing Our Brains?

It’s easy to see how much the internet has changed our lives. Most adults go online daily and more than one in four are online “almost constantly,” according to a recent Pew Research Center report. But is our extensive online activity affecting our brains? That is the question looked at in a recent study published in World Psychiatry. 

School-Based Program Brings Mental Health Services to Children in Rural Areas

A program in West Virginia is using an innovative approach to bring much needed mental health services to children in rural communities. In 2016, the West Virginia Children’s Access Network began providing mental health services in rural schools via telepsychiatry.

Self-Talk: Are there Potential Benefits of Talking to Yourself?

Most of us talk to ourselves occasionally, some more than others. “We all have an internal monologue that we engage in from time to time; an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections,” notes researcher Jason S. Moser, Ph.D., with Michigan State University. But is talking to yourself a good thing? Can it actually be beneficial? It may depend on how you do it.

Does frequent digital media use contribute to ADHD?

Does very frequent use of digital media contribute to ADHD in adolescents? That’s the question explored in a recent study by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California San Diego (UCSD). The researchers found an association between frequent use of digital media (such as social media, texting and online video watching) and increased symptoms of ADHD among adolescents.