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Archive for August 2013

SAMHSA National Wellness Week, September 16-22

At PDAN, we are so proud of our online community. Our goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma around personality disorders. We work hard to provide a safe space for you to find advice, information, and support. In honor of the upcoming 3rd Annual Wellness Week, […]

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Bibliotherapy is a form of mental health treatment. It involves the use of books to help children cope with changes, emotional problems, or mental problems. (Pardek, 1994) Bibliotherapy includes books with characters facing a dilemma similar to the reader, realistic elements such as plot and character, a […]

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There’s no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schools

August 20, 2013 By jestevens What’s a trauma-informed school? It’s a place where this happens: There’s this third-grade kid. Let’s call him Sam. He’s got ODD (oppositional defiant disorder…a misnomer for normal behavior a child exhibits when he’s living with chronic trauma).

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5 Major Mental Illnesses Traced to Same Genetic Variations

By TRACI PEDERSEN Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on August 19, 2013 Five major mental illnesses — depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and autism — are traceable to the same inherited genetic variations, according to the largest genome-wide study of its kind.  These variations account for 17-28 percent of mental illness risk.

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Announcing the “Umbrella for Alex” Giveaway Winner!

We had many entries for the PDAN book “An Umbrella for Alex“! This book is about a child whose mother has abrupt mood swings, and how he learns to understand the changes and cope with them. We greatly appreciate everyone’s participation. Your tweets and posts helped PDAN […]

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Down the Center’s First FREE GIVEAWAY

PDAN has recently partnered with Down the Center  to offer a very exciting giveaway. To win a free copy of An Umbrella for Alex,  join the contest now! You can gain entries by tweeting about the giveaway, following Down the Center on twitter, liking the page on Facebook, following […]

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Literature-based social intervention used by parents to help children struggling with social issues

A new study out of the University of Cincinnati not only finds that parents feel responsible for taking action when their children struggle with social issues, but also that parents are influenced by their own childhood memories when it comes to dealing with their kids’ problems.

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The Trauma of Being Alive

MARK EPSTEIN August 3, 2013 Talking with my 88-year-old mother, four and a half years after my father died from a brain tumor, I was surprised to hear her questioning herself. “You’d think I would be over it by now,” she said, speaking of the pain of […]

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