• Six Ways to Help Your Child Succeed This School Year

    08/22/2014 |

    Academic success is measured in various ways depending on the school: many schools use traditional letter grades (ABCDF), some value a grade-free approach and still others practice a ranking system based on a curve. No matter what type of grading system…  Read More

  • Prevent Cyber Bullying

    08/13/2014 |

    You may think you know what your child is doing online, but chances are you don’t know the full story. Even if you have family rules regarding technology use, your child could still be at risk for cyber bullying. Whether it happens online or not,…  Read More

  • Enterovirus D68: What You Need to Know

    09/11/2014 |

    By now, you’ve probably heard about it: the rare strain of a common virus believed to be behind the spike in kids being sent to the hospital for moderate to severe respiratory infections—enterovirus D68. But there’s no need to panic.…  Read More

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Adolescent Addiction: Common Questions Asked by Parents and Guardians

11/21/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

The clinical team at the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health receives many questions from parents and guardians about their child's health, the ENCOMPASS treatment program and what they can do to help their adolescent recover from addiction. We thought it might be helpful to share the answers to some of the most common questions on our blog. Your Questions Answered Question: Should I abstain from drinking if my child is struggling with an addiction…

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Five Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

11/20/2014 | TreatmentsMental Health

Self-esteem can positively or negatively affect your child’s well-being. If your child has high self-esteem, it may lead to a greater respect of oneself. However, if your child has low self-esteem, he or she might begin to think negatively about his or her image, attitude and abilities. As a parent, you want the best for your child. You want your child to succeed and to have confidence in everything that he or she does, but sometimes, it can be difficult to know exactly how to help. Many children…

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5 Signs Your Child Might Be Depressed

11/19/2014 | TreatmentsMental Health

Children can become depressed just as adults can, but they may not yet have the ability to articulate their feelings the way adults do. Depression is a serious medical concern. It affects both the mind and body. Without treatment, symptoms can continue for weeks, months or years. Depression in children and adolescents is especially risky because it is associated with a higher risk of suicide. The following signs may indicate your child is struggling with depression: Loss of enjoyment in activities.…

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Five Things Negatively Impacting Your Child’s Mental Health

11/17/2014 | TreatmentsMental Health

On average, one in four children in the U.S population meet the criteria for a lifetime mental disorder. It is important to make sure that you are proactive in protecting your child’s mental health and aware of damaging everyday influences. While it is important to provide your child with the necessities, such as a loving home, positive reinforcement and a healthy diet, there are a handful of factors that usually go unnoticed, and can have a negative impact on your child’s mental health.…

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How to Help Your Child Deal With Depression

11/14/2014 | TreatmentsMental Health

Depression is the most common mental health problem in the United States. You may know adults who struggle with depression, but children can become depressed, too. Depression isn't just a bad mood or occasional melancholy. It's not just feeling down or sad, either. These feelings are normal in kids, especially during the teen years. Major depression in teens is a serious condition characterized by a persistent sad mood, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and the inability to feel pleasure…

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