Month: December 2018

Episode 10: “2019 Mental Goals”

Every year should be better than the next. Often we hear of people making New Year’s resolutions that revolve around physical improvement or betterment. This year I propose all of us make mental health a primary focus and make some small goals to live every day with our mental health in mind. On today’s show I discuss an article that discusses different ways we can do this, and brings in suggestions from medical professionals to over small but concrete steps we can take. Wishing everyone a mentally strong, 2019!

Episode 9: “Holiday Wellness”

Remember the time when we counted down the days until Christmas arrived? Remember when the holiday season was a stress free, joyous time of smiling and celebrating with those we love? What happened to that feeling as we got older? How did the holiday season become so stressful and such a source of negative energy and mental anguish? On today’s episode, right before Christmas, I discuss this exact topic and offer a few tips on how we can practice “Holiday Wellness” to ensure we capture some of that holiday magic, and keep the holiday time joyous and stress free. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful time with your friends and family. Enjoy!

Episode 8: “Being Brave”

On today’s show we talk about a topic that I think is really important to a healthy mindset and something that should really be taught and reinforced while kids are young….bravery.   In today’s world of parenting we have become so protective of our children, we never ever want them to feel any sort of discomfort or displeasure.  But as we know and have discussed, that is setting kids up to fail because the world inevitably will make our kids feel discomfort of some sort, and they’re going to have be able to deal with this on there own. In addition to bravery, I feel the rise in anxiety is directly proportional to this feeling of overt safety that we provide our children.  The more kids think that everything is and will be OK, the more anxious they will be if the feel like something bad or wrong is going to happen…SO, we have to be better at teaching our kids how to be brave, and how to be comfortable in the uncomfortable .  How can we do that? Give a listen and let me know your thoughts!

Episode 7: “Social Media Lonely” ft. Dr. Melissa Hunt

Welcome to another episode of The Better Mental Health for Kids and Parents podcast.  On today’s show we discuss the affects of social media on mental health and bring on Dr. Melissa Hunt,  the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to having an active clinical practice, Dr. Hunt conducts research on the cognitive and affective bases of depression, anxiety disorders and chronic GI disorders.  In a recent study just published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Dr. Hunt and her team describe, for the first time, a causal connection between social media usage and the mental health disease depression amongst young adults. 

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Episode 6: “Bullying Research” ft. Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey

Bullying can come in many different forms. Sometimes, kids bother others on the playground, in the halls at school or even online on social media sites, in email, and in text messages. About one in every four kids at school has reported being bullied. Experts estimate that about one out of every seven kids in any of the school grades is either a bullying victim or a bully. Schools that have a big problem with bullying seem to have students that don’t perform as well. These schools may score as much as 6 percent lower academically than schools with less bullying.

On today’s show I discuss with psychologist Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey how programs and prevention of bullying are guided by research.  Kelly Lynn provides us with some results from her own research looking at how different types of bullying affect children difficulty. We also discuss how this research can then be used for better programs designed to prevent bullying.   For more information on Dr. Mulvey’s latest publication click here.

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