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According to Pew Research Center, Mental health tops the list of worries that U.S. parents express about their kids’ well-being. "In that survey, four-in-ten U.S. parents said they’re extremely worried about their children struggling with anxiety or depression". As mental health concerns in children continue to rise parents look for answers.
There are many types of therapies which offer support. In addition to individual and family therapy, parent based treatments give parents the education and skills needed to influence meaningful change in their child's behavior. Parenting support often results in better mental health outcomes and a stronger connection between parents and their child.
Additionally, interventions such as SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) are evidence based, and effective at treating a child's anxiety symptoms through targeted behavioral changes of the parents. Both children and parents learn to work through barriers to reduce anxiety symptoms.
SPACE is an effective treatment option for:
Fears and phobias
Panic disorder and Agoraphobia
Watch the Tedx Talk here to find out more about SPACE:
Therapies providing parent support are an effective and supportive way to implement positive changes and reduce the stress and worry of mental health concerns for both parents and their child.
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What to know if your child seems glued to their phone. According to Child Mind institute, helping your teen to manage their social media use has positive implications.
Child mind institute reported, "Teenagers and young adults — ages 16 to 24 — are the most intense users of social media. Benefits of social media use include enhancing friendships and decreasing loneliness. But there is also evidence that overuse has a negative impact on self-esteem and satisfaction with their lives. And this social media use is also linked to an increase in mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and suicidality.
Social media’s popularity among adolescents isn’t surprising, since it has been shown to affect the reward centers that are so active in teen brains.
Increased time on social media has had dramatic effects on teen behavior, including fewer risky social activities and more mental health symptoms. “Displacement” may account for these effects. If social media replaces negative activities or isolation, it can be positive. If it replaces face-to-face interaction or exercise, it can be negative.
-Drinking, illicit drug use, and car accidents are down.
-Ninth-graders now are 40% less sexually active and the teen birth rate is down 67 percent since 1991.
-Less than an hour of gaming a day may have positive mental health effects.
-Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56% more likely to report being unhappy than those who spend less time.
-Heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent.
-YouTube is widely viewed by teens as a positive force, but teens report Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram increase feelings of anxiety.
Girls are disproportionately affected by the negative aspects of social media.
-More than twice as many girls as boys said they had been cyberbullied in the last year (22% vs. 10%).⁷ -More than twice as many girls as boys report being cyberbullied
-Girls' depression increased by 50% between 2012 and 2015.
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