Family Mental Health

Have you ever heard someone say, “Depression runs in my family?” They are correct. Many mental health diagnoses have strong genetic and environmental components. In other words, your mental health is impacted by nature AND nurture. Mental illnesses in parents represent a risk for children in the family. The risk…

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Podcast: The Pandemic’s Psychological Impact on our Health Care Personnel

This episode highlights an interview and discussion between the co-chairs of the Public Education Committee of the Iowa Psychological Association, Drs. Johnson & Phillips about the psychological impact of the pandemic on our healthcare personnel here in Iowa.  Topics discussed include results from the recent APA Stress in America survey…

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Improving Children’s Behavioral Health

It is estimated that as many as 1 out of 5 children experience a mental disorder in a given year, and an estimated $247 billion is spent each year on treatment and management of childhood mental disorders. Because of their impact on children, families, and communities, children’s mental disorders are an important…

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Helping Children Thrive in Rural Communities

When children grow up in a safe and nurturing home environment, have opportunities to learn, and time to interact and build relationships with other children, they are more likely to reach their full potential. This is especially true for children with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Mental, behavioral, and developmental…

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Supporting Parents To Help Children Thrive

Parents are the frontline public health workers–they nurture and support, supervise and teach healthy habits, make sure their child is safe and supported in their community, and help their child get the education and health care they need. Parenting can present many joys and challenges. For parents who don’t have many…

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Anxiety and Depression in Children

In an article published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, CDC researchers found that, as of 2011-2012, more than 1 in 20, or 2.6 million, U.S. children aged 6-17 years had current anxiety or depression that had previously been diagnosed by a healthcare provider. These parent report data showed slightly…

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Characteristics Related to Having Pediatric Mental Healthcare Policies in Emergency Departments

Pediatric Emergency Care has published a new study that describes factors related to whether U.S. emergency departments (EDs) have policies in place to care for children with mental health and social concerns. As a result of this study, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partner organizations found that less than…

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Stressful Life Events Experienced by Women in the Year Before Their Infants’ Births

Epidemiologic studies suggest that prenatal stress is associated with preterm birth, low birth weight (1–3), and peripartum anxiety and depressive symptoms (4). The most recent population-based study, assessing trends in stress experienced in the year before an infant’s birth, used 1990–1995 data from 11 states participating in the Pregnancy Risk…

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Children and Adolescents with a Reported Communication Disorder

During 2012, among children and adolescents aged 3–17 years, males (9.6%) were more likely than females (5.7%) to have had a communication disorder during the previous 12 months; this difference was observed overall and also for each age group (3–6, 7–10, and 11–17 years). The percentage of children and adolescents…

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Injuries and Traumatic Psychological Exposures Associated with the South Napa Earthquake

On August 24, 2014, at 3:20 a.m., a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck California, with its epicenter in Napa County (1). The earthquake was the largest to affect the San Francisco Bay area in 25 years and caused significant damage in Napa and Solano counties, including widespread power outages, five residential…

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