Believe the HYPE: Hip-Hop Heals Youth

Hip-hop music as an avenue to improve mental health functioning and adjustment in youth.

Teens and Stress: Practical Coping Skills

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or cultural background, stress can cause you to feel over-emotional or lead to health difficulties. Therefore, it is important to recognize when you become stress and to find ways to cope with your stress to prevent further difficulties.

ADHD Risks and Prenatal Smoking

Recent research studies have shown that prenatal exposure to smoking may play a major role in children developing ADHD later during childhood.

Racism in America: Helping Your Child Be Resilient

Although we have made progress in race relations, racism still exist – however it may be more subtle. These recent incidents in Ferguson and across the country have amplified our daily experiences of discrimination and racism. To help your family, I have suggested the following tips for dealing with racism.

Helping Children Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis

Not only does cancer impact the individual, there is significant potential to affect the entire family. Children take cues about cancer from parents and other adults. How a child reacts to a cancer diagnosis often depends on how their parents or other close adults handle the crisis.

Discipline Tips to Avoid Spanking: Hitting Doesn’t Help

Decades of research have been conducted on the negative effects of spanking and corporal punishment on children. However, many parents continue to use spanking to discipline their child. Spanking is less effective for changing behavior and parental warmth does not appear to decrease the negative effects that spanking have on child development.

Black and Bisexual: The Unheard Voices of Bisexual Youth

Everyday someone experiences sadness and many deal with depression. Children who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual often deal with major issues in therapy such as depression, suicidal behaviors, and coping with acceptance. Research shows that having a supportive, accepting family is beneficial to prevent mental health difficulties.

Stress: Factors and Coping Skills

Everyone experiences some level of stress. Stress may be short-term or long-term and cause difficulties with your physical health. Many individuals from ethnic minority groups experience significant more stress due to discrimination and social injustice.

African American Mental Health: What are the facts?

July is National Minority Mental Health Month. As we bring awareness to mental health, we need to also strive to strengthen services in these communities. For many African Americans view seeking treatment for mental health problems as less desirable or less culturally acceptable.

Mental Health Stigma: Moving the Field Forward

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. In response to the White House National Conference on Mental Health, the American Psychological Association partnered with Skype to provide a series of Skype lessons on mental health.

Autism Awareness: Keys to Early Identification

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with difficulties in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Early identification is important to help children with ASD adapt and function in their community.

Adolescent Depression: Symptoms and Solutions

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But depression is more serious and it causes problems with daily life. Research has also consistently shown that symptoms of depression are a key risk factor for suicide. However, depression can be treated and even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment.

Treatment of ADHD with Medication: What Parents Should Know

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder associated with difficulties with levels of inattention, disorganization, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. Although medications can be helpful, many parents are hesitant to have their child take medications to manage their symptoms.

5 Tips for Helping Teens Cope with Stress

American teens report stress levels higher than what they believe is healthy. School related stress is one of the most common source of stress for teens. According to a new survey, eight-three percent reported school as a significant source of stress. Although teens report stress, they appear to be poor judges of how stress impacts them. Here are some tips to help.

Black and Gay: Is the NFL Ready to Accept an Out Player?

Michael Sam may become the first openly gay NFL player. Earlier this week, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year publicly announced "I'm gay". Not only has this sparked debate, but it could potentially benefit youth who struggle with their sexuality.

Mental Illness, Media, and the Health Care System

Mental illness has been in the press frequently over the past year. Media coverage have highlighted the struggle that many individuals and families face daily such as mass shooting (at schools and public venues) and more recently a 60 minutes special on Creigh Deeds, Virginia Senator, on challenges faced by the mental health system.

5 Tips to Improve Your Health Status

The new year is here and many people have set their resolution to be healthier or physically fit. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Here are five tips to help you on your journey.

Early Childhood Trauma: How Parents Can Help

Trauma can be the result of intentional violence―such as child physical or sexual abuse, or domestic violence―or the result of natural disaster, accidents, or war. Given that many children may not voice concerns or have the ability to communicate, it is important for parents and adults to recognize possible signs of trauma.

Helping Your Child Transition To School

If you’re like most parents, there is some nervousness about sending your child off to school for the first time. This is a normal experience for many parents. However, your own anxiety about school may not be helpful to making the transition easy for your child. Read these tips on managing school anxiety.

Media Exposure to Violence: 5 Tips to Help Children

If you’re like many parents, at some point you and your child have watched television and seen extreme violence occurring in the world or your community. These experiences can create intense emotions and be traumatic. It is a huge burden on parents to help their child cope with traumatizing events.

4 Tips for Managing Parenting Stress

Parents of children who are diagnosed with a behavioral disorder or developmental disability are at increased risk of parenting stress.

Understanding Teen Suicide: Tips for Prevention

Suicide-related behaviors are a frequent problem among adolescents. Suicide is the third leading cause of deaths among adolescents. Recently, Paris Jackson was allegedly hospitalized for a suicide attempt. Given warning signs and risks, it is important for parents to know what to look for.

Tackling Toilet Training: 5 Tips for Parents

Many parents often are quick to get their child out of diapers but often this transition to “big boy or big girl” pants is not easy. Readiness for toilet training depends on the individual child, but generally occurs between ages 18 to 30 months. Keep in mind that no child is the same when it comes to toilet training.

Tips on Coping with Your Teen’s Sexual Orientation

Jason Collins, NBA Center, became the first active professional athlete to come out as gay. In his article, he talked about when he realized he was different during his teenage years. Given the challenges many teens and African American parents face around discussing sexual orientation, it seems like the perfect moment to continue the conversation.

Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

Parents across the country and world often have difficulties managing their child’s behavior. The key to coping with and understanding these children is that these behaviors are malleable and can be changed with the use of behavior modification. The goal of behavior modification is to decrease undesirable behavior and increase desirable behavior.

Tips on Helping Your Child Cope with Anger

Anger is a natural emotion that is experienced by every individual across different cultures. Anger is "an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage". If your child has ever got angry, I’m sure you have tried to nip it in the bud or suggest ways they could calm down. Here are a few strategies that may help children cope.

Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. While the rate of bipolar disorder is the same among African Americans as it is among other Americans, African Americans are less likely to receive a diagnosis and treatment.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Racial Disparities and Treatment

About 1 in 88 children are identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. However, the research consistently notes that children of African American, Hispanic, and Asian decent are more likely to be identified later. This may result in further disparities in treatment.

ADHD Treatment in Children: Addressing Medication Concerns

ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders. Often before a child is diagnosed with ADHD parents may feel frustration, blame, and anger as a result of the problem behavior. Many parents struggle with the thought of giving their child medication. However, “best practice” is to treat ADHD with a combination of therapy and medication.

4 Parenting Myths: Tips on Managing Behavior Problems

Parents often do a good job of managing behavior problems. However, there are times when a parents’ view of their child is misguided. In his book, The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child, Dr. Alan Kazdin, discusses several parenting myths. Let's take an in-depth look into some of these myths.