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Author: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

How to Deal With Grief

What is grief? grief is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. It is a natural part of life. Grief is a typical reaction to death, divorce, job loss, a move away from family and friends, or loss of good health due to illness. How does grief feel? Just after a death or loss, you may feel empty and numb, as if you are in shock. You may notice physical changes such as trembling, nausea, trouble breathing, muscle weakness, dry mouth, or trouble sleeping and eating. You may...

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Snoring and ADHD: Is There a Link?

If you have ever tossed and turned all night and then attended an early morning meeting, you probably felt tired and cranky and had a slowed response time. Without a good night’s sleep, that tired and cranky feeling would only get worse and might cause more problems during your day. Think about your child’s sleeping habits if your child is not getting a good night’s sleep, he may be having similar problems, which may even result in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A study now shows a possible link between sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)-most often a blockage of the upper airway...

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Social Problems in Children With ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can affect a child in many different ways. Most people know that ADHD can cause children to struggle with things like sitting still, being quiet, paying attention, and staying organized. But ADHD also can make it hard for children to make friends. In a classroom of 30 children, it is likely that at least 2 students are affected by ADHD.1 Exactly how ADHD adds to social problems is not understood fully, but children with ADHD often have trouble with simple social interactions and struggle to follow social cues. Children with ADHD are half as likely to...

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Conduct Disorder in Children

children with conduct disorder repeatedly violate the personal or property rights of others and the basic expectations of society. A diagnosis of conduct disorder is likely when symptoms continue for 6 months or longer. Conduct disorder is known as a “disruptive behavior disorder” because of its impact on children and their families, neighbors, and schools. Another disruptive behavior disorder, called oppositional defiant disorder, may be a precursor of conduct disorder in children. A child is diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder when he or she shows signs of being hostile and defiant for at least 6 months. Oppositional defiant disorder...

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Suicide Fast Facts

suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 30,000 lives a year. Ninety percent of persons who commit suicide have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder. Every day, 14 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 commit suicide; that’s approximately 1 every 100 minutes. Suicide attempts are among the leading causes of hospital admissions in persons under 35. Men are more than four times as likely as women to commit suicide. However, women attempt suicide about twice as often as men do. The highest suicide rates in the...

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