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Children’s Fears During These Times

As schools prepare to open amid COVID-19, children and parents nationwide are fearful of the disease and of infecting others. Although sheltering in place has been a time for families to create fond memories, it has allowed adult conversations and mass media to impact some of the youngest in our society. Parents have been forced...

ALLERGIES AND MENTAL ILLNESS.

Spring – with its budding trees, flowering plants, and warm temperatures, yields high humidity, invading pollen, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, and a headache which lingers day and night; welcome to seasonal allergies. Beyond the physical pain and discomfort, there is a connection between allergy symptoms and mental health. The stuffy nose, sneezing, and watery eyes...

School Shootings

How do you go back to school in a place of bloodshed? This is an unanswered question appearing in newspapers, magazines, online, and across social media platforms. Parents and students in Florida have a long recovery ahead of them. “The shooting activated students’ ‘fight, flight, freeze’ response, said trauma therapist Susanne Babbel, Ph.D. Those children...

SAYING “NO” TO SPRING BREAK

Your 16-year-old rushes home with a flyer offering discount air-fare and hotel rooms in Cancun. Everyone’s going and if you say no, you will destroy their social life, they’ll lose all their friends, and life as they know it will end. Whether it’s Cancun, South Padre Island, or Miami Beach, Spring Break is fast approaching...

Minorities and Mental Health Care

Black History Month is the perfect time to discuss the disparities in Minority Mental Health Care. The list of minorities suffering this gap in service reaches far beyond the African-American population. Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Arab Americans, Hasidic Jews, and the Amish are often influenced by cultural and religious teachings which associate social stigma with...