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If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

Children today are under enormous pressures rarely experienced by their parents or grandparents. Many of today's children are being enticed to grow up too quickly and are encountering challenges for which they are totally unprepared.

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

Don't wait for him to turn 10 before you reveal that you are not in fact the hired help whose job it is to clean up after him.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

Being a parent of a teenager can cure a person of narcissism.

The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

Removing a child from a traumatic environment does not remove the trauma from the child's memory.

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Types of Depression Diagnosed in Young People


(the Oxford Psychiatric Dictionary lists 25 different types of depression)
Listed below are the most common
                  - serious depression lasts an average of 7-9  months
                  – similar to adult depression in some ways
                                         - sadness
                                          – pessimism
                                          – sleep & appetite disturbance
                                          – decrease in concentration
                  – dissimilar in some ways
                                          – anxiety
                                          – irritability
                                          – overly sensitive
                                          – eating & sleeping too much
                                    - milder but more chronic
                                    – low level depression
                                    – usually able to carry out daily
                                          routines but requires major effort
                                    – continues for years
                                    – often progresses into major depression
                                    - combination of above
                                    – serious and chronic
d) BIPOLAR  (manic depressive)
                  - unusual & extreme swings in mood and energy
                  – may cycle each day or several times per year
                  – frequently begins with depressive episode in youth
                  – runs in families
                  – research suggests 20-40% of adolescents with MDD
                             develop bipolar within 5 years
                  – usually starts in adolescence or early adulthood and
                              continues throughout life
                  – equal male & female
                  - most common form of mood problem
                  – brought on by disturbing experience
                  – lasts anywhere from a few hours and a few weeks
                  – least serious
                  – not considered a  mental disorder

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