Marijuana, the New Drinking and Driving in Ontario?

18% of surveyed Ontario students in grades 7-12 reported riding in a vehicle with someone who had been drinking alcohol. Cannabis levels were even higher, with 1 in 10 students reporting they rode in a car with a driver who had been smoking cannabis. This number represents 31,500 adolescent drivers in Ontario. The number of those drivers has remained the same over recent years, alerting researchers to the fact that students do not seem to take the dangers of driving under the influence seriously.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Medical news Today 12/16/2013
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Talking to Your Pediatrician About Medication

Medication is being prescribed at an alarming rate to treat behavioral or mood disorders in children. While medication can be helpful, studies show that psychological intervention is more successful than medication alone. APA provides conversational guidelines for talking with pediatricians, as well as how psychologists can help.
American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association 12/10/2013

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Can Television Coverage Cause PTSD Symptoms?

After 9/11, researchers began to question if extensive media coverage of a traumatic event could result in PTSD symptoms. Researchers interviewed individuals who had watched coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, two to four weeks after the event. As much as a month later, 4.5% of individuals reported symptoms that met the criteria for “high acute stress.” Those with a prior mental health history who had watched six or more hours of coverage were more likely to report high acute-stress symptoms.
Melissa Healy, LA Times 12/09/2013

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Healthy Families/Healthy Habits

Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the last 30 years, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents and caregivers can help children develop a healthy lifestyle that will continue into adulthood. APA identifies tips to help children develop healthy eating habits.
American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association

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Predicting Violent Behavior

Predicting violent behavior easier in hindsight.
In light of Monday’s Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C., mental health experts discuss the complexity of predicting violent behavior. With many people displaying characteristics of violent behavior but never acting upon them, the signs are evident in retrospect, but can be more difficult to foresee.
Denis Grady, The New York Times 09/18/2013

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Understanding Adolescent Mental Health

Understanding your adolescent can be complicated at times. “Research indicates that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14,” says Science Daily. This article lists several studies on the topic.
From ScienceDaily.com
Research Explores Factors That Impact Adolescent Mental Health
-reprinted from materials provided by Association for Psychological Science.

If you need help understanding the research or have questions about your child please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Judith Andrews.

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