Archives for March, 2010

Arts and Culture

Music Education Helps Kids' Brains With Sound Stimuli


I was in several music classes when I was in school.  One of the most frustrating things for the teacher had to be chatty students in class.  If the whole point of your activity is to work with sound, distracting and noisy conversation is about the last thing you want.  Music educators, I'm sorry.  It looks like your profession actually helps kids communicate even better.
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Depression

Health Care Reform And Mental Health


Health care reform is a white hot issue right now. Opinions vary widely on how successful, helpful, or even frustrating this whole plan will be for Americans. However, I want to draw your attention to a few small parts of the reform bill that are good for mental health. With all the controversy and political rhetoric, you may have missed these important pieces.

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Around the Web

Family Mental Health Around The Web, #7





Hi, folks.  I can't tell you how excited I am that spring officially begins in just a few days.  I don't know what it's been like in your neck of the woods, but in my hometown we'd had more than enough winter before January was half-over.

This is your newest Around The Web summary.  You'll find fun tips on improving family mental health and a great website by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Take a closer look by clicking the highlighted link.

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Depression

Why Family Members May Refuse Help For Depression


Several times a month, I notice new comments on a few of my depression posts on the Psych Central general blog. So many people want to know why the depression has happened, what they can do, how they can deal with their family refusing to get help. Some people would probably take the help if someone extended a hand to them. Others get multiple pleas from family members to get counseling, see their doctor, or do anything to make the depression lift. 
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General

Communicate Uniquely With Your Kids


Sometimes as a parent, I realize I need to sit back and just notice things for a minute.  Although that realization tends to be more random than I'd like, I usually get something interesting from it.  Lately, it's been my communication with my kids.  These patterns and differences occurred to me recently when I was putting them all to bed.  I suppose this is because I get a small cross section of my different communication styles in a relatively short period of time - about a half hour total. 
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Parenting

How Well Are Your Kids Sleeping?



Today I found a collection of articles highlighting various consequences of poor sleep and positive outcomes of improved sleep. We so often treat sleep like the unfortunate thing we can't avoid between the important things we really need to do. Commuting, eating, homework, working late, driving various places, errands, housework -- the ongoing endless list of tasks and responsibilities we...
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Parenting

Arguing In Front Of The Kids – The Good and the Bad


I'm sure none of you amazing wonderful parents have ever argued in front of your kids, right?  Right??  Yes, I know, we are not perfect and we've all done it at some point.  Maybe some more than others, but it can be hard to avoid completely.  So do you know if what you are saying in front of the kids is good for them or not?  We're going to pick apart the good and the bad about arguing in their presence. 
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Depression

Roseanne Barr and Marie Osmond's Son's Suicide


I'm compelled to write on a new and bothersome branch to the story about Marie Osmond's son's tragic suicide.  This painful problem was completely preventable, and yet it wasn't prevented.  Just this morning I read something about Roseanne Barr making some strong statements about Marie's son killing himself.  My first thought was, "Oh no, hasn't there been enough for the family to deal with?"
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