The struggle is real for the sandwich generation. This group includes people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are caring for both children and aging parents. About 47% of adults help provide care for a parent who is 65 years or older while also raising children. In addition to providing more traditional care, one … Continued
Going back to school means the return of waking up earlier in the morning, going to classes and seeing classmates. For some kids, it’s something to look forward to. But for others, stress makes it hard to enjoy the school year. School-related stress is common for kids of all ages and can stem from a … Continued
About one in five school-age kids report being bullied. What’s alarming is that the number is likely even higher because not all cases of bullying are reported. Although traditional forms of bullying persist, the type on the rise is cyberbullying. Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior. Cyberbullying takes that aggressive behavior and hides it behind a … Continued
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting 40 million adults and one in 10 children and teens every year. Anxiety presents in several ways, including generalized anxiety, social, academic, and/or performance anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders. … Continued
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders affect more than 30 million people in the United States. These are serious health conditions that can result in muscle weakness, reduced cognitive function, infections, cardiac issues, organ failure and even death. Fortunately, with early recognition and treatment, it’s possible to overcome … Continued
It’s natural to feel fearful after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Most people recover on their own over time, but if you continue to experience problems you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). View the slideshow to learn more.
For some kids, a new school year leads to stress and anxiety rather than excitement. Laura Koehler, Psy. D., from Edward-Elmhurst Health, appeared on ABC7’s Windy City Live to help Chicago-area residents learn more about school refusal – who’s most affected, common signs and symptoms, and the most effective treatment options.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7 percent of kids ages 3-17 are diagnosed with anxiety. When left untreated, these kids are at risk to perform poorly at school and, in some cases, it will lead to school refusal behavior. School refusal is emotionally based and tends to occur with … Continued
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, it continues to be something many people are hesitant to discuss. For young adults 15 to 34 years of age, suicide is the third leading cause of death in Illinois. It is a … Continued
Teenage angst is a thing. But sometimes it’s more serious than occasional moodiness – 1 in 5 teens will experience major depression by the time they turn 18 years old. Depression is different from typical teenage moodiness. For starters, it’s not something that comes and goes – it sticks around over time. Teens with depression … Continued