Seasonal Affective Disorder: Beyond the Winter Blues

For some, spring seems like a distant dream during the short, dark days of winter — and not just because of biting cold or impending storms. These people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a distinct type of depression, says clinical psychologist Beth G. Dixon, PsyD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. How can … Read More

Stressed This Holiday? Stop Pressuring Yourself

Around Thanksgiving, the buildup of holiday stress begins for a lot of us. There are gifts to buy — which can be particularly stressful if you venture out on Black Friday — parties to plan, and lots of activities to try to squeeze in between now and New Year’s Day. But psychologist Michael McKee, PhD, … Read More

How You Can Deal With Depression

Depression comes in as many shapes and sizes as the people it affects. If you have the symptoms of depression (see box below if you are uncertain), there are ways to take control of your own mental health. Psychologist Michael McKee, PhD, and psychiatrist Donald Malone, MD, offer the following advice to get you started. … Read More

Multitasking: Why It’s Bad for You and Your Kids

As a parent, you may not realize that you’re multitasking when you juggle kids, career, chores and friendships. But you are — and you’re not the only one. Technology has made it easier for kids to multitask too. This can affect both kids and parents negatively, says Deb Lonzer, MD, Chair of Community Pediatrics for … Read More

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What Is and Is Not Autism

As understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown, so has parents’ anxiety about what is and what isn’t autism. ASD reflects a wide range of problems and functional abilities. “Children at the severely affected end tend to have more problems, and more pronounced problems, so the diagnosis is usually more clear,” says Kimberly Giuliano, … Read More

Are You Hyperparenting?

As parents, many of us feel driven to help our children become more successful than we are. The story is as old as time. Our parents felt that way. So did their parents. But today’s parents focus on children’s achievement starting at birth, wanting kids to experience success in every endeavor — and to feel … Read More

The Family Table: Invite Your Teens to Join You

Eating with the family on a regular basis can help your teens make healthy decisions during adolescence and beyond. Turns out that teens share more than food at family meals. “About 75 percent of teens say that they actually talk to their parents at dinner about what is going on in their lives. And 80 … Read More

Searching for Signs of Autism

Autism is like many other conditions or disorders — the earlier you find it, the better the care you can provide. Doctors are beginning to look for signs of autism in children at younger ages. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen all children for autism at their 18- and 24-month “well-child” visits. … Read More

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Video: How Friendships Affect Physical Activity

Need insight into how much exercise your child is getting? Look at their social circles. A new study finds a child’s friends may play a big role in how much physical activity they get. Kate Eshleman, PsyD, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, did not take part in the study but offers commentary. “You … Read More