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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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In My Corner On The Moon: Helping Children Heal From Traumatic Experiences

In Rachel Rashkin-Shoot’s timely book, In My Corner On the Moon, she thoughtfully addresses something that affects millions of children in America each year – trauma. With a storyline that is geared to school-age children, this healing book is an excellent tool for children coping with the […]

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Child Growth

Narcissistic parenting interrupts the natural growth of the child and young adult

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Eating Disorders

BPD is often associated with eating disorders. This article describes the pathway of Bulimia Nervosa and its prevalence as opposed to the second most common, Anorexia Nervosa.

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Narcissistic Parent

Essay of the characteristics of a narcissistic parent (in this essay, a mother) however, the behaviour, whether it is the mother’s or father’s, will affect the child in almost identical ways.

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June is Men’s Health Month!

This article discusses what makes a man, gender roles, and the common ideal of men suppressing feelings. What we know in the mental health community is that suppressing feelings can be a big cause of mental health issues. Do a favor to your fellow man today: let […]

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A Disturbing Story That Needs to Be Told

Shocking story of two young boys. How will the abuse affect them as they grow? Sexual abuse causes severe mental health difficulties including BPD and although a perpetrator is often a victim themselves, there is NO defense with regards to abusing children in ANY way.  

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