The stress that something was wrong with her brain kept circulating, and eventually got to the point that she decided she was in early-onset stages of dementia….. turns out, she was starting to go through perimenopausal hormonal changes.
How do we define “bullying” when the term seems to be thrown around in so many ways? The definition of bullying is: Unwanted, aggressive behavior involving real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
My family moved to Monmouth County during the pandemic, and for the first time in a long time at the end of that summer, I started to experience the dreadful pit in the bottom of my stomach- a sadness that I associated with my childhood summers when camp would come to an end.
From the time I had children old enough to sign them up for camps, or after school activities I felt like I was doing a tug of war or balancing act between what my kids were asking me to do/what I felt pressured to do, and what I know I need to do to help them have a balanced schedule… which includes downtime.
Children and adolescents experience and display distress and mental health concerns in different ways than adults. Most adults have a more expansive ability to express themselves through words in stressful or difficult times and situations. Yet, the same general rules of thumb exist when identifying and addressing signs of emotional stress in kids as with adults.
Over the past twenty years there has been a national movement, partially as a result of the tragic campus shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, to train faculty and administration on college campuses to more effectively identify and engage students and employees who are at-risk for mental health concerns.
I’ve always had health challenges. I vividly remember being called to the nurse’s office in high school because friends noticed that I would be in the bathroom for long periods of time after eating lunch.
"There is no safe amount of marijuana in the developing teen brain," said Laura Stack, founder of Johnny's Ambassadors, at a recent WEforum Community Conversation held at Red Bank Regional High School.
As we ‘spring’ the clocks forward in March, it’s a good time to remind ourselves about the importance of sleep hygiene and all of the ways that sleep supports our health (physical and mental).
Along with the warm and loving feelings of convening after such a long reprieve of being separated during this pandemic, we are also thrust back into familiar family dynamics and patterns that can be equally as challenging.