Poor Sleep Quality And Teenage Depression

Adolescents and teenagers often have poor sleep habits. This results in both inadequate amounts of sleep and sleep that is poor quality. Sleep issues can affect their physical growth, as proven in repeated studies. But it also impacts depression and other aspects of mental health.

Adolescent Boredom Rising, Girls Hit Hardest

Adolescent boredom is surely not a new phenomenon. It’s not hard to imagine children expressing boredom to exasperated parents in just about every era. Of course, with the myriad of distractions and entertainment options available in the modern era, you might think today’s teens would have plenty to keep them from being bored. Apparently not,… Continue reading Adolescent Boredom Rising, Girls Hit Hardest

Your Kids, Their Smartphones, Depression and Loneliness

Most people with functioning brains realize that excessive smartphone use isn’t good for your mental health. It seems like inherent wisdom that this is especially true for kids. Now, research out of the University of Arizona tells us what most of us “know” is true: an increased risk of depression, isolation and loneliness exists for… Continue reading Your Kids, Their Smartphones, Depression and Loneliness

Get Girls Active Early For Better Lungs Later: Study

It’s been accepted wisdom (and for good reason) for what seems like forever that physical activity is good for humans of all ages, sizes, ethnicities and both genders. The myriad of benefits makes it well worth the time and effort, according to, well, everyone! However, its connection to lung function during childhood years and into… Continue reading Get Girls Active Early For Better Lungs Later: Study

Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

When we think of concussions, traumatic brain injuries and serious head and brain injuries, we tend to associate them with trauma, collisions and catastrophic incidents. It’s common to hear about concussions from football or other sports collisions, falls and accidents. Stories about children thrown from bikes or horses or who fall from heights being diagnosed… Continue reading Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

Teens Using Cannabis Risk Depression, Anxiety in Adulthood

While there has been a lot of focus on the role of cannabis use in psychosis, there has been less attention on whether cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Researchers from McGill University and the University of Oxford carried out a systematic review… Continue reading Teens Using Cannabis Risk Depression, Anxiety in Adulthood

School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Ask just about any parent whether napping has benefits and you’ll likely hear a resounding “yes,” particularly for the child’s mood, energy levels, and school performance. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal SLEEP backs up that parental insight. A study of nearly 3,000 fourth,… Continue reading School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

Obesity is a Risk Factor for Depression, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, independent of traditional risk factors such as parental psychiatric illness and socioeconomic status, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK (28 April-1 May). The nationwide study comparing over 12,000… Continue reading Obesity is a Risk Factor for Depression, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents