Source: Skalapendra/Shutterstock When I became a mother ten years ago, I realized I needed to be honest with myself the puberty years. I was not going to be a parent who laughs lightly when her daughter rolls her eyes at her or slams the door. I wasn’t going to embrace the emotional push-and-pull of the preteen years. I could try to empathize by recalling my own trespasses—the argumentativeness, the rebelliousness, the egocentrism. But I was eleven or twelve when I underwent these physical and emotional upheavals, and the data show that in recent decades, kids—especially girls—are starting puberty much earlier than in the past. (Girls tend to go through puberty between ages nine and 13, but the average age has been creeping toward the younger end of the spectrum). It’s distressing enough for an eleven-year-old to bud and sprout; for her skin to break out in zits or grow hair in places, and her mind to temporarily lose its grounding. Imagine how it feels when it happens to a seven- … [Read more...] about Could the Pandemic Be Accelerating Puberty?
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Source: Jose Antonio Sánchez Reyes | Dreamstime Stock Photos Psychological depression occurs in at least 25% of all primary care patients in the United States and yet only about one-third of these people are diagnosed as depressed. Mental illness is not an isolated issue but is associated with such physical compromise as obesity , cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer (American Psychological Association, 2017). It is estimated that over 14 million people in the United States suffer from major depressive disorder (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, 2017). The good news is that depression is a highly treatable disorder with medication and with such psychological approaches as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (recognizing and stopping maladaptive thinking and replacing this with more adaptive thoughts and behaviors), Mindfulness Therapy (being present with symptoms and not letting troublesome thoughts drift to the past or future), and Behavioral Therapy … [Read more...] about A New Approach to Reducing Depression