What percentage of teens suffers a mental disorder?


My daughter (21 yrs old–Sr in college) and son (14 and entering High school in Fall 2014) have battled depression and it runs rampantly through all 4 sides of our family. This is REAL and must be noticed and addressed by parents, teachers, coaches, choir directors, band directors, and all others who impact the teen in question AND all other children in the family. It takes a village to raise children and best advice comes from those who have been there and done that. I learned the most from listening to my kids with an open mind. Telling them its ok to cuss, yell or do anything to express themselves. Hiding takes energy. Stop wasting energy on hiding and just be yourself and know we are proud of you and LOVE you no matter what you choose for your life. These teens are baby adults in great need of confidence to become successful adults. Parents are the first cheerleaders every kid/teen needs.

Originally posted on pomegranatehealthsystems:

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Brightly smiling teens, each representing a different cultural heritage and gender, link arms, so happy to be friends; so happy to be alive, in high school, in America. There are no issues here and the future is so bright they need sunglasses. None of them has an issue with a broken home, substance abuse in the family, STI/STD, are LGBTQ or are in foster care or homeless, exposed to gang violence, live in poverty, abuse drugs or alcohol, or suffer any mental, behavioral or physical health issues. (And their jeans are freshly washed and pressed; they brushed their teeth twice today and ate the requisite amount of fruits and vegetables, and got 8 hours of quality sleep! Their grades are stellar.) If this represents you or yours, be thankful. We cannot judge what is going on ‘inside’ by outward appearances.

By the numbers, there is a different story nationally, and…

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Where Are The Health Professionals??

Originally posted on Stillbirth Matters:

by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP

My mind is still spinning from the incredible presentations and discussions at Stillbirth Summit 2014! There were a few ‘themes’ that emerged from the dialogue. Some were just questions that were asked more than once. One of those questions was

“Where Are The Health Professionals??”

Iabsent, too, was discouraged by the number of health professionals in attendance. To those that DID come – THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.  For taking the time, committing to your littlest patients and their families, and engaging in discussions that hope to make a difference.  Your presence does so much good for the hearts of grieving families.
I know that providers are often concerned that patient-driven events are “sob fests” where they will hear one person’s tragic story after another. I believe there is much to be learned from events with that type of program.

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Hungarian palliative medicine reaches another milestone

Originally posted on EAPC Blog:

This week in the EAPC blog we are focusing on Hungary. Dr Ágnes Csikós, a palliative care physician and founder of the Department of Hospice-Palliative Medicine in Pécs, starts us off with some exciting news…

Agnes Csikós

Dr  Agnes Csikós

I am delighted to announce that, beginning in autumn 2014, physicians in Hungary will be able to take a one-year course to qualify for a licence in palliative medicine. This milestone is the fruit of collaborative efforts of many dedicated professionals working in the field since the birth of the Hungarian hospice movement. In September 2013, a Ministerial Decree was signed confirming approval of a licensure programme, which supersedes the previous 80-hour training requirement for physicians wishing to qualify for a hospice-palliative care position. The programme will be built on basic clinical specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, family medicine, paediatrics, or oncology, and will be offered through the four participating Hungarian…

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Double agent no more

Originally posted on Chronically courageous:

During my last hospitalization (June 8-July 12), I came across the revelation that I was leading a double life. Double life may be more of a dramatic term, because it hasn’t been something that I have explicitly hidden. Sure, I occasionally mention my chronic illness to friends and peers – or make sporadic posts on social networking sites, but most of the time, it was something I act as if is not that big of a deal, something that hasn’t affected every single aspect of my life. In reality, the complications of chronic illness are something that has impacted my life in every which way. Although my close friends may be aware of what my life is, the rest of the world isn’t.

I was upset that people do not realize the amount of adversity I go through on a daily basis, but now that I have had a few days to think about…

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Originally posted on Migraine Discussions:

Recently I have been battling a lot of inner demons within myself that a lot people would never believe. On the outside, I’m the girl who is a daughter, sister, Tia, cousin, fiancé, coworker, and honestly a friend. I’m always willing to try to make someone laugh and smile. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to play those roles. My anxiety plays a major part in this as I suffer from it greatly since high school.

However, I’m always there willing to listen to someone who is going through a difficult time, someone who is having a milestone in life, or someone who just simply wants to talk. But with my inner demon battles it can get difficult to be able to function.

Some mornings I wake up straight out of my sleep with a feeling of terror of the unknown. I know from a psychological stand point there is…

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Put Your Best Face Forward-The One YOU Want to Show.

Originally posted on kraftycatcreations:

There is a lot of buzz around the following video by Colbie Caillat. And it is a good video, decrying one of the messages taught to girls and women from a young age – that you are expected to look “your best” when facing the world.

I always had eye makeup and lipstick on – until getting Bells Palsy 15 years ago. After recovering as much as I would, I decided to only wear mascara and lipstick.

Now, as I battle M.E., I have learned that short hair is very freeing – 30 minutes extra rest-time is very important. Recently, I have done away with mascara also. The lipstick? Well, I like color and it takes one minute to put on.

This I do for me. And that is the only reason to “put on your face” – for yourself, if you want to!

Enjoy the video! :)

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FREE ME/CFS SEMINAR || Dr Ros Vallings || 2nd August 10.30 am – 12.30 pm || Otumoetai Road, Tauranga

Originally posted on WellMe || Wellington Region ME/CFS Support Group Inc:

Please share with BOP and Waikato (possibly Auckland?) friends and family. This is a fantastic opportunity!


Hear Dr Ros Vallings, NZ’s medical expert on ME/CFS, report on the latest research from the IACFS/ME 11th Biennial International Research and Clinical Conference San Francisco, California, USA, March 2014 and the 9th Annual Invest In ME International Conference, Westminster, London, UK, May 2014

When: Saturday 2nd August 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
10.30 am Refreshments • 11.00 am Seminar starts

Where: Otumoetai Baptist Church, 241 Otumoetai Road, Tauranga


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