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DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENCE We all go through situations when we say we are “depressed.” What most mean by that is that they have felt sad. Persistent sadness is just one symptom of what we call, “Clinical Depression.” In adolescence, this symptom is often accompanied by irritability. Apart from these, the following are other symptoms of...
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Let’s work together to prevent suicide October 10, is World Mental Health Day.  A day dedicated to raising awareness and improving the mental well-being of people around the world. Hence, the theme for this year to Prevent Suicide. According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) 2019 statistics, over 800,000 people die by suicide...
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A Brief Introduction to the 5-Point Anxiety Scale: A Behaviorist Perspective What is the 5-Point Anxiety Scale? The 5-point anxiety scale was first described by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis (2003) and was developed to help bring awareness to different emotional stages in the most simplistic form. At each stage, it helps a child...
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Mind Institute Qatar Mental Health Services. Psychotherapy  Hugs over Drugs: How our society’s over prescribing affects our children. In a recent article Generation Adderall by Casey Schwartz in The New York Times Magazine.  Schwartz painfully recounts her experience as an Adderall addict going from an anxious teenager to a high performing Brown University student to a freelance...
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Stress 101 Written By Ariel Landrum, LMFT, ATR What is stress? A stressful situation, whether environmental or psychological, can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological responses. A stressful incident can make your heart pound faster, your breathing quickens, and your muscles tense. This mix of reactions is also known as the “fight,...
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Engaging With Life: Mindfulness Considering how busy each of us is in our lives, it can be easy to rush through the days without noticing what is going on around us. Most of us plan our day, listening to music while commuting to work. Some of us do laundry while watching television. In this hurry...
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Sensory Integration in Schools Sensory Integration in Schools: It’s more than just sensory tools… The term“Sensory” has hit schools and hit them big. Many school districts are building their own motor labs complete with swings, trampolines, and squeeze machines (I can’t recall the technical term for these but that is essentially what it is). School...
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Support your child’s learning at home by enrolling in Mind Institute’s Virtual Intervention Program (VIP) What are your 3-5-year-old child’s development goals? The early years lay the foundations for school-based learning to come. Goals to achieve are: Cutting with scissors, good pencil grasp, colouring, letters, and number formation The ability to sit and listen attentively...
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Interventions for Online Therapy with Children and Youth Written By Ariel Landrum, LMFT, ATR In response to “flattening the curve” of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), many therapists, social workers, counselors, and others in the mental health field are taking their practices online. They have had to hurdle legal and ethical considerations, onboard new HIPAA compliant...
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Pros and Cons of teletherapy/online therapy for Kids While many people may not have considered online therapy as an option until quarantine forced us to take a lot of our lives online, it’s been around for years. Large companies like Talkspace and BetterHelp have mostly appealed to millennials who are comfortable with technology and may...
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