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5 Questions You Might Consider if You're Thinking About Medication for Your Tween or Teen
By Jean Gauvin PhD, MD
1. What is the rate of mental disorders in children and teenagers?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, up to 50% of children and adolescents meet criteria for a mental disorder in the diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM) by age 18. That means that up to half of children and adolescents are struggling significantly with emotional issues to the point that they are suffering and have impaired functioning. Medication is often used to help relieve the suffering caused by mental illnesses and disorders by targeting chemical imbalances in the brain.
2. How do you determine whether to prescribe medication?
Several factors are taken into consideration when determining whether a dose of medication is appropriate. These include but are not limited to a patient’s symptoms, his or her age, sometimes his or her gender, possible interactions with other medications that he or she is also taking, the duration of treatment, as well as potential side effects. This is especially important since some psychiatric medications can have more severe long–term side effects. For example, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers can cause obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes. These side effects, in turn, can lead to blockages in the arteries that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
A Call to Action
By Jenna Hendriksen, MA, MFT-LP
As a country, we are suffering. We are overwhelmed with emotion; trying to grasp what is going on in the world. Between Covid-19 and yet another act of police brutality shining light on racism and injustice in our country, we are feeling at a loss. Be kind to one another; It is important to remember we are all in this together. Here are some ways you can cope with what's going on in the world and contribute in a positive and meaningful way.
Emotional Awareness and Expression.
It is important to acknowledge our feelings as it pertains to the recent series of events. How are you processing each emotional experience? To truly understand how you are feeling, slow down and get curious about how your body feels in your emotion. Our emotions are a neurological experience and we explain it using feelings words. Most often emotion is felt in your heart, lungs and digestive system because the nervous system drives emotion through the body.
By: Jenna Hendricksen, MA, MFT-LP
Right now we are experiencing a new norm. Something we have never experienced before which has left us in a place of confusion, uncertainty, and in a state of anxiety. We do not know what our world has in store for us and that is alarming.
Embracing the "opportunity" knocking in uncertain times
By: Amanda Craig, PhD, LMFT
One of the hardest commodities to come by in life has now been mandated... TIME
As hard as it is to slow down and change habits, this is our present reality. To support the health and wellness of our communities we must make changes to our "business as usual". One change we can make is the way we spend time with our families. Many who work in the city, travel a lot for work or have long hours are being asked to stay home. Schools are closed, activities are cancelled, restaurants are empty. Our daily routine has been turned upside down.
We're thrilled to welcome to Ruby Elgar, LMFTA to the MMFT Family!
Ruby will be seeing clients in NYC via telehealth as well as offering in person sessions at our Darien, CT office.
Now We're Talking Darien: Back-to-School with COVID
Dr. Craig talks about how families can prepare for fall, going back to school and all the uncertainly around masks, vaccines, schedules, and more. Special focus on how parents make tough decisions related to COVID and also support their kids social emotional development.
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Listen to Dr. Craig's PodCast with Brandon Baker from The Coaches Circle- LifeCoachPath
Embracing the "opportunity knocking" in uncertain times by Amanda Craig, PhD, LMFT
Read our latest e-blast for resources to manage your anxiety around the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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