Kids Can Have Depression

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Sally’s teacher pulls her mother aside and says, “I am worried about Sally. She seems to be having difficulty concentrating and never seems to be having fun during any of our class activities. Is everything alright at home?” Sally’s mother has been wondering the same thing about school as Sally seems to get upset at the smallest things and always seems tired and wants to…

Back to School Parent Tips

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The excitement is beginning to build as a new school year is about to start. There will be new teachers and classes along with seeing friends that students have not seen all summer. There is also a bit of nervousness about how the school year will unfold. Many times the start of the school year can set the tone for the whole rest of the…

Suicide Risks Change Throughout High School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on how risk factors for suicide change in high school depending on the adolescent’s grade. We are featuring a journal article this week titled Differences in risk factors for suicide attempts among 9th and 11th grade youth. The authors wanted to find out if the risk factors for suicide attempts change as adolescents get older. They used 3300 9th and 11th graders…

Video Games Role in Boys Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teenager rushed into the house after getting home from school. He quickly nodded towards his mom before turning on his Xbox. His mom heard him muttering into a headset, “We need to form an alpha team so we can encircle them.” The teen stayed glued to the screen, playing on his Xbox for the next couple of hours. His mother is getting concerned about…