Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Anxiety, Depression, Anxiety AND Depression...

THIS IS National Parenting Gifted Children Week! SENG and NAGC partnered to get this national event registered, and each organization is offering free webinars during this week. SENG also offers a free ebook and a blog tour. Visit either organization's site to find out more. And celebrate that gifted trait, without which your child could not be twice exceptional. Find out more from SENG. Find out more at NAGC.

CBT: ANXIETY REDUCER. Introducing lessons in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in primary schools would significantly reduce anxiety levels among nine- and ten-year-olds, according to new research from the University of Bath. Lessons in CBT involve teaching children how to identify and manage their emotions and to replace their anxious thoughts with more helpful ways of thinking. It also involves developing problem-solving skills to better confront and cope with anxiety-provoking situations and events. Find out more in a press release from the researchers.

ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION is increasing, according to an article in the Deseret News based in part on information from the World Health Organization (WHO). The article suggests a variety of reasons for the increase, and notes that boys are less likely than girls to be depressed during teen years. Also in the article: tips for parents on dealing with depression in their children. Find the article.

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION. A podcast at the site of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance covers anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. One message from the podcast expert, who is from the National Institute of Mental Health, concerns the interrelationship of the two disorders: "One of the reasons to pay attention to anxiety is the hope would be that if we did a better job of treating it, we might not only have an effect on anxiety, but we might be able to prevent episodes of depression." Find the podcast.

GENETICS, AUTISM. New research from Carnegie Mellon University indicates that most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches. The lead researcher says, "From this study, we can see that genetics plays a major role in the development of autism compared to environmental risk factors, making autism more like height than we thought — many small risk factors add up, each pushing a person further out on the spectrum." Read more.

CONNECTION is the theme of a riff by Jen at her blog "Laughing at Chaos." She reflects on the importance and benefits of having a "tribe" you can communicate with. She writes, "Connecting with other parents in this wonky, leaky boat has given me strength to keep on keepin’ on." Incidentally, the blog entry was composed as Jen headed home from the 2014 SENG conference. Find the blog.

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