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Sleep is a crucial factor affecting emotional well-being and has been studied extensively. Although the adverse effects of insufficient sleep on mental health are well-known, the relationship between excessive sleep and mental illness is often ignored. By examining sleep patterns and any changes in them,...

Insomnia is a prevalent clinical problem that has significant implications for public health. It is often a symptom or precursor to psychiatric disorders. This sleep disorder is also comorbid with other psychiatric conditions, leading to an increased medical burden and a higher risk of psychiatric...

Educators and school-based mental health professionals are frequently the front line in identifying the initial onset of symptoms of a mental health disorder in youth. According to the International OCD Foundation, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects 1 out of every 200 children, or about 500,000 youth...

Parenting is a complex and demanding role that requires emotional resilience and adaptability. However, in today's fast-paced and competitive world, many parents struggle with high stress levels, which can significantly affect how parents interact with their children. A relationship exists between highly stressed parents and...

Parenting styles are pivotal in shaping a child's personality and ]how they learn to navigate their emotions into adulthood. The use of harsh and authoritarian verbal discipline has been shown to have adverse effects on a child's emotional and psychological well-being. The long-term effects of...

Disruptive disorders in youth, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and conduct disorder (CD), pose significant challenges for accurate diagnosis. Elements such as overlapping symptoms, developmental variation, comorbidity, cultural and socioeconomic influences, gender bias, and a lack of specialized training and awareness among...

Diagnosing psychiatric illness in children and adolescents is a complex and multifaceted challenge that often leaves clinicians grappling with overlapping symptoms, developmental nuances, and varying perspectives from parents, teachers, and patients. Understanding behavioral healthcare professionals' hurdles in providing accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans is...

Disruptive disorders in youth, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and conduct disorder (CD), pose significant challenges for accurate diagnosis. Elements such as overlapping symptoms, developmental variation, comorbidity, cultural and socioeconomic influences, gender bias, and a lack of specialized training and awareness among...

Psychologists must be diligent in their approach when treating individuals diagnosed with narcissism. Differential diagnosis is a crucial tool that can help ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR) as...

Stress and trauma bombard the human psyche throughout childhood and adulthood. In the 19th century, Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, pioneered examining how people develop cognitions to manage stressors. Freud identified that individuals develop various defense mechanisms to protect themselves from further harm using...

There is increasing concern about levels of anger and violence in our individualistic American society. Increased violence, overt acts, such as mass shootings and violent crime among youth, and less extreme forms, such as bullying, raise public concern. According to the U.S. Department of Justice,...

There is increasing concern about levels of anger and violence in our individualistic American society. Increased violence, overt acts, such as mass shootings and violent crime among youth, and less extreme forms, such as bullying, raise public concern. According to the U.S. Department of Justice,...

On May 23, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory warning about social media's impact on young people's mental health. "Teens who use social media for more than three hours a day face double the risk of depression and anxiety symptoms, which is...

Mental health diagnoses such as ADHD, depression, conduct disorders, and anxiety are among the most prevalent in our youth. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified that 9.4% of children ages 3 to 17 were diagnosed with anxiety...

Mental health professionals are frequently challenged to make clinical differential diagnoses between personality and mood disorders. As the clinical presentation of these disorders share significant features and frequently co-occurs, it can be arduous to disentangle the cause of the individual's psychopathological symptoms. While mood and...

One benefit that rose from the COVID-19 pandemic is greater innovation, creativity, and a push for virtually-based options in healthcare and behavioral health. Telepsychiatry and telehealth counseling were almost nonexistent before 2020; however, there has been an explosion of services offered via virtual platforms since...

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that mental health treatment needs have increased significantly. One in five adults experiences a mental health concern, and at least one in six youth have experienced clinical depression. Suicide claimed the lives of more than 45,000 Americans in...

Screening and early detection positively influence treatment outcomes for young children. Early identification promotes more rapid treatment interventions, allowing youth to recover and benefit from their education, develop healthy relationships, access employment, and prevent the onset of more chronic and debilitating conditions as adults. The American...