Depression and Anxiety in Kids Predicts Poor Achievement

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on how children with emotional problems due academically as they get older. We are featuring a journal article this week titled The relationship between emotional problems and subsequent school attainment. The authors used 26 previous longitudinal studies on children and adolescents to explore the extent that internalizing disorders such as depression and anxiety had on their school success. The authors found small…

Preventing Suicide in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

His son had become increasingly despondent over the past few weeks. Any time the father tried to talk with him, his son would pull away. In the few times he got his son to talk, his son would make comments about how he was worthless and nothing really mattered anymore. The father knew his son was depressed but was not sure what to do. He…

Language – When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The baby was babbling as usual until a precious word escaped his mouth, “Mama.” A baby’s first words are one of the major landmarks that parents remember about their child growing up. Babies typically start uttering their first words around 12 months of age. A baby’s first words represent a new way for the baby to convey his wants and needs. Armed with language, a…