Childhood friendship may come and go, and seem superficial from an adult point of view. But don’t underestimate the value of friends to a young person’s well-being. In fact, a study published in Child Development in August found that strong adolescent friendships can have a positive effect on mental health for years to come. Those […]
Dr. Laura Markley, a psychiatrist in the Division of Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology at Akron Children’s Hospital, explains anxiety disorders in kids. Disorders can be hard to spot. But early identification and treatment is key. Q: Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems. Everyone experiences anxiety, so what distinguishes a disorder from normal […]
Adolescence has a way of rewriting the parent-child relationship. The kid you pushed on a swing is gone, replaced by a bigger, more volatile version who seems to loathe you at times. In a fit of anger, she might even blurt out she hates you. That kind of talk hurts. But in these times it’s […]
How are parents supposed to monitor activity and protect their teens from online predators when using social media?
Akron Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program has been a lifesaver for teens in crisis. The program teaches troubled teens experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges valuable life skills while keeping them in the community, and avoiding psychiatric inpatient hospitalization. It can also help transition those teens who are hospitalized back to home and school.