12 Ways Dogs Reduce Depression & Anxiety

12 Ways Dogs Reduce Depression & AnxietyPlease rate this post

Most people know that dogs are good for one’s wellbeing, but these creatures literally improve one’s physical and mental health.

Dogs are medicine.

1. They lower our blood pressure

Research has proven time and time again that dogs significantly lower heart rates and blood pressure, before and after performing strenuous tasks. Blood pressure drops when one pets a dog. Petting dogs have also been known to ease pain and improve one’s immune system. … Continue reading

Use the “S” word: talk with your child about suicide

Use the “S” word: talk with your child about suicidePlease rate this post

Don’t be silent on the subject of suicide, even if there’s no evidence your child has considered it.  Bring it in the open, especially if you have a hunch something is wrong.  This article addresses:

  • Why you should talk about suicide with your child
  • How to respond if there’s been a threat
  • How to respond if there’s been an attempt
  • Parents talk about many uncomfortable subjects with their child;
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    Take this parenting test if you have a troubled child

    Take this parenting test if you have a troubled child1 votes

    So how are you doing in this parenting job you have?  Score your parenting skills on a test designed for parents of children ages 11-15 with serious behavior problems.  (If you are brave, have someone else score you too and compare notes.)

    Parenting Skills Test – printable form

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    Outlook for schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia

    Outlook for schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia7 votes

    How Schizoaffective Disorder compares to other disorders

    There is little information about schizoaffective disorder in children, which usually starts around puberty.  As a parent, you know how seriously it affects your child, but how does it compare to depression and bipolar (manic and depressive states) and schizophrenia?  What is the course of schizoaffective disorder, and how can you help your child’s future?

    Schizoaffective disorder is not as serious as schizophrenia,
    but more serious than bipolar/depression.

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    Is your child cyberbullying?

    Is your child cyberbullying?2 votes

    Cyberbullying happens on the virtual playground by around middle school or high school age. Instead of kids fighting or calling each other names by the swing set, they are using emails, social media, and text messages to hurt and harass others.

    Approximately 25% of students surveyed by the Cyberbullying Research Center indicate that they have been cyberbullied. In more extensive studies, about 1 in every 6 students surveyed have cyberbullied classmates. If your child is involved in cyberbully behaviors, there is help.

    If you experienced bullying in childhood, it may be difficult to discover your own child is a bully.

    Why Would My Child Cyberbully Others?

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