As summer begins, a huge concern for parents is the learning loss that occurs across the board, affecting learning in all subjects. Students most often test poorly at the beginning of the school year by comparison to testing at the end of the school year. After several years of recurrent learning loss, by high school or college, a student is at risk for performing below their grade level. Luckily there are many activities in which kids can engage to combat summer “brain drain”! Read this list of 10 ways to keep your child’s brain active this summer!
Mental health is essential to a person’s overall ability to function on a day to day basis. Many people suffer with mental health issues that can truly interfere with the person’s ability to live their life. As a person ages, memory is a common issue. If a person struggles with a mood disorder, doing even simply daily activities can seem as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. Those who suffer with anxiety tend to be held back from activities they would normally take part in, all due to the anxiety they feel. In each of these circumstances, the person doesn’t have the ability to independently function and complete tasks as efficiently as they truly could. Neurofeedback helps you gain back that independence so you can go about your day with ease knowing you will be able to accomplish all that you need to each day.
Bipolar disorder, once referred to as manic depression, is a mental disorder that affects about 3% of the population. Identified by episodes of unusually intense depressive moods countered by extremely elevated, amplified moods at equal intensity, bipolar disorder has one of the highest risks for suicide. Although the cause of bipolar disorder has not been completely identified, most doctors agree that bipolar likely stems from genetics in combination with environmental factors and/or is triggered by traumatic life events or experiences. Some people with bipolar begin experiencing symptoms in their childhood years, but most often, symptoms of bipolar appear during the late teen years, as at least half of bipolar cases begin before the age of 25.
While most people know depression affects a vast number of adults in the US, children can also be affected by depression. Often, the signs of depression are confused with normal transitioning and growing up. However, depression should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure the best quality of life for the child. Here are five major signs your child may have depression.
Many parents struggle to help their child/children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. While most children are not tested for ADHD until problems begin arising in the classroom, children as young as four can be diagnosed according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While doctors often prescribe stimulants, such as amphetamine, to children with ADHD, prescribing these medications for young children can be worrisome due to the side effects, both short term and potentially long term.