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How Parents Fighting Affects Kids’ Mental Health

This article was adapted from one that appears on the VeryWellFamily website. The full article offers more details and is well worth reading. Studies show parents fighting affects children’s mental health in several ways. Physical altercations, insults, and tactics such as “the silent treatment,” are just a few of the toxic …


The Importance of Children’s Mental Health

From time to time we like to take a step back and look at the big picture of what we’re all about here at Alta Behavioral Healthcare, and why we do what we do. Our mission is to care for the mental health of the children, adolescents and young adults who are …


Keeping Kids on the Path to Mental Health

A column in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal-Gazette caught our eye recently. Columnist Helen Huser Nill, who is a mother of three and aunt to 37 nieces and nephews, notes how quickly things are changing in our society and the repercussions on our teens and young adults. She writes “Our children …


How to Keep Your Active Toddler Busy

Toddlers require at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day since it is crucial for their physical, emotional and social development. There are many reasons for parents to encourage their toddler to be active. For example, regular activity strengthens kids’ cardiovascular systems, improves coordination and movement control, encourages …


Caution Urged Over Social Media Use in Young Children

Parents are being warned they could be damaging toddlers’ mental health by allowing them to access social media from the age of two. A new report from charity Barnado’s has raised concerns about potential exposure to inappropriate content and also how use of social media may affect the communication skills of young …


Overweight Kids Who Are Teased Gain Even More Weight

Being a kid is tough enough, but it’s even more difficult if that child happens to be overweight. In a world obsessed with looking Insta-perfect even at grade-school age, any child who doesn’t fit that norm is often subjected to endless teasing and bullying — often leading to long-lasting body …


Helping Your Child Build Healthy Self-Esteem

When children feel good about themselves, they are happy, they cooperate with others, they make friends easily and they are more likely to cooperate with adults and other children. Factors that influence a child’s positive self-esteem and get them thinking good things about themselves are: receiving praise, affection and attention …


New Online Mental and Behavioral Health Resources Available for Educators

A Collection of Mental and Behavioral Health Online Resources provides a foundational source of information about online mental health, social-emotional and behavioral health resources. These resources can be shared by school personnel and mental health professionals with children, adolescents and their families who are coping with mental health and behavioral …


Study: Childhood Bullying Increases Risk of Adult Mental Health Issues

It may seem intuitive already, but recent studies have proven a stark reality: a child who is bullied in school is more likely to suffer from mental health and related problems as an adult. The study was carried out by researchers from Britain’s Lancaster University and presented at the Royal …


Books Can Help Your Child Understand Emotional and Learning Challenges

Parents are always looking for as many resources as possible to help their kids cope with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. One such resource that can be very valuable is books. The Child Mind Institute has compiled a list of 44 books that address mental health and learning disorders and …


Less Screen Time Means Healthier Kids, Families

Smartphones and iPads have made it easy to entertain small children, and teens are hooked on their cellphones. Since so many children and young adults are spending many hours a day staring at screens, we need to ask: What are they missing? What is it doing to their brains? Will …


Daylight Saving Time May Affect Kids with Mental Health Disorders

If you’re the parent of a child with a mental health disorder, the recent change to Daylight Saving Time may have some health impacts you should be aware of. Pediatricians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio say the time change can have different negative effects for different disorders. Changes in …


Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues for Teens

According to a recent study and report conducted by the Pew Research Center, most American teenagers – across demographic groups – see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers. The survey found that 70 percent of teenagers saw mental health as a big issue. Fewer teenagers cited bullying, …


How to Find a Good Therapist for Your Child

Just as you would never take your child to a medical doctor you didn’t have complete confidence in, you will naturally want to be just as careful in selecting the right professional when your child is in need of counseling or therapy. There are several questions to ask and things …


What You Need to Know About Childhood Trauma

Alta Behavioral Healthcare is a leader in our area in dealing with childhood trauma. Our certified Trauma professionals work with children and families who have had significant adversity and/or loss in their lives, helping people overcome negative experiences through individual and group services. Trauma professionals have extensive training to enhance …