Lorraine Lentell

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What smartphone addiction looks like when you’re living with ADHD

“You and that phone,” my friend said. Her frustration was palpable, and I didn’t blame her. We were supposed to be getting coffee, but all I could do was obsessively check my phone. I tried to explain why checking my social media notifications—even somewhat obsessively—actually helps soothe my …

Social Media

Why Every Parent Needs to Start Caring About Children's Mental Health

Most parents would agree that the health of their child is of utmost importance. We are regularly surrounded with resources and support on children's health, whether it be online, or at the pediatrician's office. But I'm curious, when you read that first sentence and envisioned children's 'health', …

Mental Health

Half of all hospital beds in Canada for kids and youth filled to treat mental health

There is an alarming trend involving a growing number of Canadian children turning to hospitals for mental health services.<p>Across the country, child …

Mental Health

Happiness Is Actually Pretty Easy to Find

My approach to happiness is really a mash up of the things I’ve learned from the school of hard knocks, and from brilliant happiness scientists like …

Happiness
Mental Health

We Owe It To Our Children To Talk Openly About Their Mental Health

Many adults struggle to discuss mental health with their friends, so it's little wonder they find it difficult to talk to their children about …

Mental Health

The Power Of The Paintbrush: How Art Therapy Is Saving Children With Mental Health Issues

For an adult suffering with a mental health problem, talking about how they’re feeling can be difficult.<p>So, for a child with limited language skills, …

Mental Health

‘If I leave this hospital, I will die’: Suicidal teen discharged after eight nights in hospital without treatment

An Ottawa mother whose suicidal 17-year-old daughter spent eight nights at Queensway Carleton Hospital last month waiting in vain for a bed in its …

Anxiety on Campus: 6 Ways Parents Can See Past the Happy ‘Mask’

No one said the transition from high school to college was easy.<p>But over the past five years, a growing number of college students are struggling with anxiety, depression and social anxiety, according to the seventh annual report issued by Penn State University’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health.<p>…

Mental Health

Linking Teen Drug Abuse and Mental Illness

When the pain of depression or any mental illness becomes borderline unbearable, teens look for any way out, including the use of drugs and/or …

Tools for growing up: the case for improving children's mental health

Anxiety and depression often start in teenage years so, for one east London service, focusing funds on young people makes sense<p>By the time Natasha was 14, her fear of becoming caught up in a terrorist attack had become so severe that she was reluctant to leave her home in central London.<p>Her GP …

Mental Health

​olly alexander discusses mental distress and growing up gay "in a straight world"

Talking to Owen Jones about his experiences of mental health problems, the Years & Years frontman opens up about his battle with depression and anxiety, as well as the counselling and "cocktail of drugs" he has been prescribed to control it.<p>Pop music fan or not, you're probably aware of Years & …

Mental Health

Is sharing residency better for children’s mental health?

Divorce and separation can have a hugely detrimental impact on children. But Swedish studies show that having them live with each parent half the time is the best way to help them cope<p>Why don’t children bounce back from divorce? They’re resilient little things, yet the research shows a relentless …

Mental Health

5 Ways Quitting Facebook Will Improve Your Mental Health | Inc.com

For some of us, checking Facebook is part of the daily routine, either first thing in the morning or first thing at work. And that first check usually kicks off many return trips throughout the day. It's definitely a part of our consciousness, and a big part of how we connect with others.<p>But …

Social Media

Children and mindfulness: Does it work?

<b>Can paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts and feelings - and to the world around you, improve your mental wellbeing?</b><p>Meditation, yoga and tai-chi are all formal methods of "mindfulness", as recognised by NHS Choices - but it can be practised just by stopping, looking …

Mindfulness

Parents of bullied 11-year-old schoolboy publish his tragic suicide note

The parents of an 11-year-old boy who jumped out of a fifth-floor window as he could no longer face going to school have published his touching …

Father calls for review of mental health system after daughter's death

Inquest rules that failings at NHS trust allowed Abbi McAllister to abscond and then fall from multistorey car park<p>The father of a student who killed herself has called for a review of the mental health system after an inquest found a series of failings led to his daughter’s death.<p>Abbi McAllister, …

Mental Health

How can we solve the teen mental health crisis?

“What are you doing here, honey? You’re not even old enough to know how bad life gets,” the doctor asks. “Obviously doctor, you’ve never been a 13-year-old girl,” replies Cecilia, lying in a hospital bed after her suicide attempt. Nothing encapsulates so perfectly the romanticisation of teenage …

Stunning photo series tells honest stories about women battling depression

Stumped? You should be: People who suffer from these mental illnesses look just like everyone else — they're women and men from all different races …

Mental Health

What It’s Really Like To Have Teenage Depression

kerin rose’s guide to bedazzling your life<p>I didn’t want to go to the movies with my friends. I wanted to sit in my room with the shades drawn listening to terrible nu-metal by myself. All I needed was the all black wardrobe to complete this perfect teenage cliché. In a loving attempt to get me out …

Colitis

16 Things to Do by December 31 to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2016 | Inc.com

Whether you're in the office or working from home, this can be the most productive week of the year--the phone's not ringing, your workload is lighter, and you can actually hear yourself think.<p>But, because the pressure is off, it's easy to squander the last three days of the year. You pop out to …

Productivity

Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. - PubMed

OBJECTIVE:<p>The aim of treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is to decrease symptoms, enhance functionality, and improve …

Mental Health

Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. - PubMed

OBJECTIVE:<p>The aim of treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is to decrease symptoms, enhance functionality, and improve …

Parenting behaviors associated with risk for offspring personality disorder during adulthood. - PubMed

CONTEXT:<p>Research has suggested that some types of parental child-rearing behavior may be associated with risk for offspring personality disorder …

Parenting

Psychology explains the main reason rejection hurts so much

Humans evolved to experience rejection in our hunter-gatherer days, when being cast out from your social group could be fatal, scientists say.<p>But why does rejection hurt so much?<p>It comes down to the way our brains are wired, writes psychologist Guy Winch.<p>Rejection hurts<p>Rejection activates the same …

Psychology

Things you shouldn't say to someone with mental health struggles during the holidays

It’s that time of year again: the holidays. Depending on your state of mind, this can be the best time of the year, or one of the worst. During the …

Top 10 Tricks to Boost Your Memory and Remember Anything

Remembering things, like names, dates, and other fine details is a skill—one that you can sharpen and hone. Here are ten memory boosting techniques …

Top 10

Borderline personality disorder characteristics in young adults with recurrent mood disorders: a comparison of bipolar and unipolar depression. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>In young adults it can be difficult to differentiate between an early bipolar illness and borderline personality disorder. There are …

Teens

Parents – talk to your kids about mental health. Even if it's awkward

Most parents do not talk to their children about mental health because ‘it isn’t an issue’. The one in 10 young people with a diagnosed condition says otherwise<p>When I was younger, I’d have to make an excuse to leave the room whenever sex scenes came on the television. I learned to sniff out at a …

Mental Health

15 habits that can make you happier

But advice on exactly how to boost your happiness is often not backed by science, even though there's a whole field devoted to studying it.<p>While everyone has different things that make them happy — a taco stuffed with cilantro is joyful for some and miserable for others — research on well-being has …

Happiness