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Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee care, by Chelsea Conaboy. Boston Globe, November 25, 2013.  “Six years after the state launched an unprecedented effort to address the mental and developmental needs of young children, doctors in Massachusetts are screening more children for behavioral health concerns than any other state.”

Mental health advocates: Shortage of beds could mean more violence, by Ray Sanchez and Rose Arce. CNN, November 20, 2013.  “The incident renewed public attention on a chronic shortage of beds for the mentally ill -- an alarming national trend that mental-health advocates say is responsible for a long list of violent acts. Research from the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center found that the number of state psychiatric beds decreased nationwide by 14% from 2005 to 2010. In 2005, there were 50,509 state psychiatric beds, compared with 43,318 in 2010. In 1960, by comparison there were 535,000 public psychiatric beds nationwide.”

Reframing the gun control debate: Is mental health the next focus?, by Ashley Killough. CNN, September 20, 2013.  “Now, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, wants to re-introduce a mental health measure that had overwhelming support across party lines earlier this year. Co-authored by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, the legislation calls for more training and familiarity with services in schools and communities. The measure was added as an amendment to the broader gun control package in the Senate earlier this year, and while the chamber approved Ayotte's amendment by a wide margin, 95-2, the overall package failed. The mental health legislation went nowhere.”

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Adoption

Articles and Other Resources

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain, by Jon Hamilton. NPR, February 24, 2014.  “Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development. More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says Charles Nelson, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Without someone who is a reliable source of attention, affection and stimulation, he says, "the wiring of the brain goes awry." The result can be long-term mental and emotional problems.”

Overseas adoptions rise-for black American children, by Sophie Brown. CNN, September 17, 2013.  “While the number of international adoptions is plummeting -- largely over questions surrounding the origin of children put up for adoption in developing countries -- there is one nation from which parents abroad can adopt a healthy infant in a relatively short time whose family history and medical background is unclouded by doubt: The United States.”

Adopted children at greater risk for mental health disorders, by Madison Park. CNN, April 14, 2010.  “Children who are adopted may be at elevated risk for mental health disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, major depression and separation anxiety disorders, according to a wide body of research. There's also evidence to suggest that children adopted internationally could have much higher rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, autism and brain damage, said Dr. Ronald Federici, a clinical neuropsychologist who works with adopted children.”

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Alzheimer's Disease

Books for Adults

Dunn, HankHard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness

Articles and Other Resources

Support Program Helps Caregivers of Mentally Ill Cope, by Traci Pedersen. Psych Central, June 28, 2011.  “Caring for a family member with mental illness can take its toll, but a widely available education and support program for relatives of the mentally ill called Family-to-Family (FTF) can significantly improve a family's coping ability.”

Drug Found to Thwart Mental Decline, Grow Brain Cells in Rodents, by Cell Press. World Science, July 08, 2010.  “Scientists have discovered a chemical that they say restores memory-forming capacity in aging rats, likely by promoting the survival and growth of new cells in the brain’s memory hub.”

Activity Level Important for Women's Mental Health, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, July 02, 2010.  “New research finds women can lower their risk of late-life cognitive impairment by performing physical activity.”

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Anger Management

Books for Children and Teens

Aborn, AllysonEverything I Do, You Blame Me
Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Huebner, DawnWhat to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (for ages 9-12)
Moser, AdolphDon't Rant and Rave on Wednesdays!: The Children's Anger-Control Book (for ages 4-8)
Priolo, LouGetting a Grip: The Heart of Anger Handbook for Teens (for young adults)
Seaward, BrianHot Stones and Funny Bones: Teens Helping Teens Cope with Stress and Anger (for young adults)
Shapiro, LawrenceSometime I Like To Fight, I Don't Do It Much Anymore
Slap-Shelton, LauraEvery Time I Blow My Top I Lose My Head
Verdick, ElizabethHow to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger (for ages 9-12)
Wilde, JerryHot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: The Anger Management Book (for young adults)

Books for Adults

Brown, Jennifer AnneWhat Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child Without Going Mad
Currie, MichaelDoing Anger Differently
Gaynor, Darlyne, et al.Helping Your Angry Child: Worksheets, Fun Puzzles, and Engaging Games to Help You Communicate Better
Golden, BernardHealthy Anger: How to Help Children and Teens Manage Their Anger
Kazdin, Alan E.Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents
McKay, Gary D.Calming the Family Storm: Anger Management for Moms, Dads, and All the Kids
Whitehouse, ElianeA Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger

Articles and Other Resources

Can a teen’s anger mean a mental disorder?, by Kotz, Deborah. Boston Globe, July 09, 2012.  “While most teens have a violent, angry outburst at some point during their adolescence, nearly 8 percent have regular violent outbursts that would fall into the category of a mental health disorder. That’s according to a Harvard Medical School finding published online last Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the first studies to measure the prevalence of the disorder — called intermittent explosive disorder— in teens.”

Is This Teen Angst or an Uncontrollable Anger Disorder?, by Alexandra Sifferlin. Time, July 03, 2012.  “With all those raging hormones, every teenager is bound to "lose it" at one time or another. But a recent study suggests that adolescents' attacks of anger may indicate something more serious than your standard puberty-related mood swings: nearly two-thirds of youth report having had a bout of uncontrollable anger that involved threatening violence, destroying property or engaging in violence toward others, and nearly 8%--or close to 6 million teens--meet the criteria for intermittent explosive disorder (IED), which is characterized by persistent, out-of-control anger attacks that can't be explained by a mental or medical disorder or substance use.”

New Guidelines to Curb Childhood Aggression, by Rick Nauert. June 01, 2012.  “Childhood aggression is a common, yet complex behavior. New recommendations to aid in the care of youth have been released to primary care providers and mental health specialists.”

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Anxiety Disorders

Books for Children and Teens

Brown, MargaretThe Runaway Bunny
Cain, JananThe Way I Feel
Crary, ElizabethI'm Scared
Crary, ElizabethMommy Don't Go
Danneberg, JulieFirst Day Jitters
Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Dlugokinski, EricThe Boys' & Girls' Book of Dealing With Feelings
Dunn Buron, KariWhen My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety
Freymann, SaxtonHow Are You Peeling?
Huebner, DawnSometimes I Worry Too Much, But Now I Know How to Stop
Huebner, DawnWhat to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (for ages 6 and up)
Lite, LoriA Boy and a Bear (for ages 3 to 10)
Penn, AudreyThe Kissing Hand
Shapiro, LawrenceAll Feelings Are Okay
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom

Books for Adults

Bell, J.Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Bourne, Edmund J., Ph.DThe Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
Buffie, MargaretAngels Turn Their Backs
Colas, EmilyJust Checking: Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive
Dacey, LisaYour Anxious Child
Foxman, PaulThe Worried Child
Hallowell, EdwardWorry
Rapport, JudithThe Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing
Traig, J.Devil in the Details
Wagner, AureenWorried No More
Wilensky, A.Passing for Normal: A Memoir of Compulsion
Wilson, ReidDon't Panic

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

The Foolproof Way to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Social Skills, by Lisa Aro. Everyday Health, January 21, 2014.  “Impulsiveness, frustration, and impatience can often leads to inappropriate or aggressive behavior. While discipline is important it means nothing in the if end the child hasn’t learned new skills to help them cope with the situations they face every day. Social stories can help you teach your child those skills.”

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain, by Jon Hamilton. NPR, November 04, 2013.  “Maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear, researchers say. This could help explain why children who suffer abuse are much more likely than others to develop problems like anxiety and depression later on”

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Books for Children and Teens

Fruchter, DeniseOther People
Galvin, MathewOtto Learns about His Medicine: A Story about Medication for Children with ADHD
Gantos, JackJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Gehret, JeanneEagle Eyes: A Childs Guide to Paying Attention
Hallowell, NedA Walk in the Rain with a Brain
Kraus, JeanCory Stories
Moss, DeborahShelly and the Hyperactive Turtle
Nadeau, KathleenLearning to Slow Down and Pay Attention
Quinn, PatriciaAttention, Girls!: A Guide to Learn All about Your AD/HD
Quinn, Patricia and Judith SternPutting on the Brakes
Shapiro, LawrenceJumping Jake Settles Down
Shapiro, LawrenceSometimes I Drive My Mom Crazy, But I Know She's Crazy About Me
Taylor, JohnThe Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD
Weiner, EllenTaking ADD to School

Books and Videos for Adults

Alexander-Roberts, ColleenADHD and Teens
Alexander-Roberts, ColleenADHD Parenting Handbook
Amen, DanielHealing ADD
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Barkley, Russell(Video) ADHD in the Classroom ~ Strategies for Teachers
Bender, WilliamUnderstanding ADHD Practical Guide for Teachers
Brown, ThomasAttention Deficit Disorders and Comorbities
CHADDCHADD Information Guide
Dawson, PegSmart but Scattered
Dendy, ChrisTeenagers with ADHD
Dornbush, MarilynTeaching the Tiger
Feingold, BenWhy Your Child is Hyperactive
Greenbaum, JudithHelping Your Adolescent with ADHD & LD
Greenspan, StanleyOvercoming ADHD
Hallowell, EdwardDelivered from Distraction
Hallowell, EdwardDriven to Distraction
Hallowell, Edward and Jensen, Peter S.Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child
Hartmann, ThomComplete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your Family at Home, School and Work
Harvey, ParkerProblem Solvers Guide for Students with ADHD
Harvey, ParkerThe ADD Hyperactivity Workbook for Parents, Teachers, and Kids
Heininger, JanetFrom Chaos to Calm: Effective Parenting for Challenging Children with ADHD and other Behavior Problems
Ingersoll, BarbaraADD and LD
Janes, Rebecca LMHC, LADCGENERATION RX: Kids on Pills- A Parent's Guide
Jensen, PeterMaking the System Work for Your Child with ADHD
Jergen, RobertThe Little Monster- Growing Up with ADHD
Kelly, KateYou Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy
Kilcarr, PatrickVoices from Fatherhood: Fathers, Sons and ADHD
Kutscher, MartinADHD - Living without Brakes
Martin, KirkCelebrate ADHD
Mooney, JonathonLearning Outside the Lines
Nadeau, KathleenSurvival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD
Nadeau, KathleenUnderstanding Girls with ADHD
Nadeau, KathleenUnderstanding Women with ADHD
Newmark, SanfordADHD Without Drugs
Quinn, PatriciaADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students
Reif, SandraThe ADHD Book of Lists
Silverman, StephanSchool Success for Kids With ADHD
Taylor, JohnHelping Your Hyperactive/ADD Child
Wiener, CraigParenting your Child with ADHD
Zeigler, ChrisA Bird's Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD

Articles and Other Resources

The Foolproof Way to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Social Skills, by Lisa Aro. Everyday Health, January 21, 2014.  “Impulsiveness, frustration, and impatience can often leads to inappropriate or aggressive behavior. While discipline is important it means nothing in the if end the child hasn’t learned new skills to help them cope with the situations they face every day. Social stories can help you teach your child those skills.”

Teaching Kids Mindfulness Improves their Attention, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, September 09, 2013.  ““Mindfulness involves paying attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally,” explained Dominic. “It has been shown to reduce levels of stress and depression, and to improve feelings of well-being, but to date researchers have not established a link between mindfulness and attention skills in children.””

Inner ear disorders 'linked to hyperactivity', by BBC News Health. BBC, September 05, 2013.  “Behavioural problems such as ADHD are usually thought to originate in the brain. But scientists have observed that children and teenagers with inner-ear disorders - especially those that affect hearing and balance - often have behavioural problems. However, no causal link has been found. The researchers in this study suggest inner-ear disorders lead to problems in the brain which then also affect behaviour.”

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Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger's Syndrome

Books for Children and Teens

Edwards, AndreannaTaking Autism To School
Peralta, SarahAll About My Brother
Shally, CelesteSince We're Friends
Thompson, MaryAndy and His Yellow Frisbee
Welton, JudeCan I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family
Wine, AngelaWhat It Is to Be Me!: An Asperger Kid Book

Books and Videos for Adults

Attainment (Video)Straight Talk About Autism: Childhood and Adolescent Issues
Attwood, TonyAspergers Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Bashe, PatriciaThe Oasis Guide to Aspergers Syndrome
Grandin, TempleLabeled Autistic
Grandin, TempleThinking in Pictures
Greenspan, StanleyEngaging Autism
Gutstein, StevenThe RDI Book: Forging New Pathways for Autism, Asperger's and PDD with the Relationship Development Intervention Program
Harris, SandraRight from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism
Harris, SandraSiblings of Children with Autism
Klass, PerriQuirky Kids
Koegel, RobertTeaching Children with Autism
McAfee, JeanetteNavigating the Social World
National Research CouncilEducating Children with Autism
Notbohm, Ellen and Zysk, Veronica1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's
Notbohm, EllenTen Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
Ozonoff, SallyParents Guide to Aspergers Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Park, ClaraExciting Nirvana: A Daughters Life with Autism
Schopler, EricParent Survival Manual
Seroussi, KarynUnraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Sicile-Kira, ChantalAutism Spectrum Disorders
Stewart, KathrynHelping a Child with NVLD or Aspergers Syndrome
Volkmar, FredHealthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Wheeler, MariaToilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues
Willey, LianePretending to be Normal Living with Aspergers
Williams, DonnaNobody, Nowhere

Articles and Other Resources

Autism rates now 1 in 68 U.S. children: CDC, by Miriam Falco. CNN, March 28, 2014.  “One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey.”

The Foolproof Way to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Social Skills, by Lisa Aro. Everyday Health, January 21, 2014.  “Impulsiveness, frustration, and impatience can often leads to inappropriate or aggressive behavior. While discipline is important it means nothing in the if end the child hasn’t learned new skills to help them cope with the situations they face every day. Social stories can help you teach your child those skills.”

Sight, Sound Out of Sync in Kids With Autism, Study Finds, by HealthDay. MedlinePlus, January 14, 2014.  “Doctors and parents have long struggled to understand the strange sensory tricks autism can play on a child's mind. Ordinary noises -- screeching car alarms, knocking radiator pipes, even the whirr of a fan -- can be intolerable to children with the neurodevelopmental disorder. Now, a new study involving 64 children offers fresh clues about why sounds may unnerve kids with autism. The study, published Jan. 14 in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that children with autism experience delays when their brains attempt to process information received by their eyes and their ears at the same time.”

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Bipolar Disorder

Books for Children and Teens

Anglada, TracyBrandon and the Bipolar Bear
Anglada, TracyTurbo Max: a Story for Sibs of Children with Bipolar Disorder
Child Bipolar AssocThe Storm in My Brain
Hebert, BrynaAnger Mountain
Hebert, BrynaMy Bipolar Roller Coaster Feelings Book
Hebert, BrynaMy Bipolar Roller Coaster Feelings Workbook
Lewandowski, LisaDarcy Daisey and the Firefly Festival
Papolos, DemitriJeffrey the Lionhearted

Books for Adults

Berger, L.We Heard the Angels of Madness: A Family Guide to Coping with Manic Depression
Birmaher, BorisNew Hope for Children and Teens with BP
Campbell, B.M.72 Hour Hold
Fristad, MaryRaising a Moody Child
Gibbons, K.Sights Unseen
Jamieson, PatrickMind Race
Jamison, KayAn Unquiet Mind
Lederman, JudithThe Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child
Lyden, J.Daughter of the Queen of Sheba
Lynn, GeorgeSurvival Strategies for Parenting Children with BP
Milkowitz, DavidThe Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide
Papolas, DemetriThe Bipolar Child
Singer, CindyIf Your Child is Bipolar
Steele, DanielleHis Bright Light: The Story of Nice Triana
Torrey, FullerSurviving Manic Depression
Waltz, MitziBipolar Disorder: A guide to Helping Children

Articles and Other Resources

First stem cell study of bipolar disorder yields promising results, U-M and Prechter Fund scientists say, by Haiming Chen and Cindy DeLong. Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, March 25, 2014.  “What makes a person bipolar, prone to manic highs and deep, depressed lows? Why does bipolar disorder run so strongly in families, even though no single gene is to blame? And why is it so hard to find new treatments for a condition that affects 200 million people worldwide? New stem cell research published by scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School, and fueled by the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, may help scientists find answers to these questions.”

Higher risks among perinatal women with bipolar disorder, by Brown University. ScienceDaily, February 24, 2014.  “Women with bipolar disorder often struggle with the illness during and after pregnancy. A new study finds that they were significantly more likely to face important psychiatric and childrearing challenges compared to women who were seeking treatment for other psychiatric disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the lead author states.”

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

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Bullying and Youth Violence

Books for Children and Teens

BerenstainBerenstain Bears and the Bully
BerenstainBerenstain Bears and the Double Dare
Brunet, KarenSimon's Hook
Romain, TrevorBullies are a Pain in the Brain
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom
Zafris, PeterAnton Acts Up (for ages 4 - 8)
Zafris, PeterDot Spots a Surprise Ending (for ages 4 - 8)
Zafris, PeterTiny T Saves the Day (for ages 4 - 8)

Books and Videos for Adults

(Video)Mean Girls
Coloroso, BarbaraThe Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to HighSchool--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle
Dellasega, Cheryl and Nixon, CharisseGirl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying
District Attorney (Video)Stop Bullying Before It Starts -- a kid to kid prevention program
Guerra, Nancy and SmithPreventing Youth Violence in a Multicultural Society
Hinduja, Sameer and PatchinBullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying
Hoover, John and OliverThe Bullying Prevention Handbook: A Guide for Principals, Teachers, and Counselors
Jacobs, TomTeen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?
Kowalski, Robin and Limber, et al.Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age
Lutzker, JohnPreventing Violence: Research and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies
Olweus, DanBullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do
Orpinas, Pamela and HorneBullying Prevention: Creating a Positive School Climate and Developing Social Competence
Randall, Kaye and Bowen, AllysonMean Girls: 101 1/2 Creative Strategies for Working With Relational Aggression
Simmons, RachelOdd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
Simmons, RachelOdd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy
Stein, NanBullyproof Curriculuum
Swearer, Susan and Espelage, et al.Bullying Prevention & Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools
Willard, NancyCyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression , Threats, and Distress
Wiseman, RosalindBoys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials
Wiseman, RosalindQueen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Bully in the next bedroom - are we in denial about sibling aggression?, by William Kremer. November 08, 2013.  “Sibling relationships can be difficult, and never more so than in childhood. But society often regards the scrapping and squabbling, the play fighting and not-so-playful fighting as a normal part of growing up. Almost a third of the 3,600 children questioned said they had been the victim of some sort of sibling aggression in the past 12 months. The included a range of acts from theft and psychological abuse to physical assault, either mild or severe. In comparison, research suggests that up to a quarter of children are victims of schoolyard aggression every year.”

Sexual violence common among teens. Feeling responsible isn't., by Melissa Healy. Los Angeles Times, October 07, 2013.  “Nearly 1 in 10 young Americans between ages 14 and 21 acknowledges having perpetrated an act of sexual violence at least once, and 4% of a nationally representative sample of American kids reported attempting or completing rape, a new study finds.”

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Child Abuse and Neglect

Books for Children and Teens

Bahr, AmySometimes Its OK To Tell Secrets
Bean, Barbara and BennettThe Me Nobody Knows: A Guide for Teen Survivors
Conlin, JayanJordan's Story
Dayee, FrancesPrivate Zone
Fay, JenniferTop Secret
Foon, DennisAm I The Only One?
Harms, RuthTalking About Touching
Hoke, SusanMy Body Is Mine, My Feelings Are Mine
Spelman, CorneliaYour Body Belongs To You
Watcher, OraleeClose To Home
Watcher, OraleeNo More Secrets

Books for Adults

Aronson Fontes, LisaChild Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families
Bahr, AmySometimes Its OK To Tell Secrets (read w/ child)
Bass, EllenThe Courage to Heal: A guide for Women Survivors
Cutting, L.Memory Slips: A Memoir of Music and Healing
Dayee, FrancesPrivate Zone (read w/ child)
Fay, JenniferTop Secret- Sexual Assault Information for Teens Only
Fisher, A.Finding Fish: A Memoir
Fraser, S.My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing
Hagans, KathrynWhen Your Child Has Been Molested (read w/ child)
Terr, L.Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories, Lost and Found
Wachter, OraleeNo More Secrets For Me (read w/ child)

Articles and Other Resources

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain, by Jon Hamilton. NPR, February 24, 2014.  “Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development. More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says Charles Nelson, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Without someone who is a reliable source of attention, affection and stimulation, he says, "the wiring of the brain goes awry." The result can be long-term mental and emotional problems.”

Yelling, threatening parents harm teens' mental health, by Allison Bond. Reuters, December 10, 2013.  “Threatening or screaming at teenagers may put them at higher risk for depression and disruptive behaviors such as rule-breaking, a new study suggests. "The take home point is that the verbal behaviors matter," Annette Mahoney, who worked on the study, said. She's a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. "It can be easy to overlook that, but our study shows that the verbal hostility is really relevant, particularly for mothers who scream and hit, and for fathers who do either one," Mahoney told Reuters Health.”

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain, by Jon Hamilton. NPR, November 04, 2013.  “Maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear, researchers say. This could help explain why children who suffer abuse are much more likely than others to develop problems like anxiety and depression later on”

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Chronic and Disabling Conditions

Books for Children and Teens

American Cancer SocietyIt Helps to Have Friends
Beran, RoyLearning About Epilepsy
CohnSomeone I Love Has Cancer
Epilepsy FoundationMe and My World
Gehret, JeanneI'm Somebody Too
Gordon, MichaelMy Brother is a World Class Pain: A Siblings Guide to ADHD
Gosselin, KimTaking Seizure Disorders to School
Kohlenberg, SherrySammy's Mommy Has Cancer
McNeil, OrthoExpressions of Courage
Meyer, DonaldViews From Our Shoes
Parkenson, CarolynMy Mommy Has Cancer
Sherkin-LengerWhen Mommy is Sick
Shriver, MariaQue le Pasa a Timmy?
Shriver, MariaWhat's Wrong With Timmy?
Stuve-DeVitoWe'll Paint the Octopus Red
Weiner, EllenTaking Seizures to School

Books for Adults

Freeman, JohnSeizures and Epilepsy in Childhood
Ginsberg, DebraRaising Blaze
Greenspan, StanleyThe Child with Special Needs
Lavin, JudithSpecial Kids Need Special Parents
Moshe, SolomonParke Davis Manual on Epilepsy
Nowixki, StephenHelping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In
Schachter, StevenThe Brainstorm Family
Schachter, StevenThe Brainstorm Series
Simons, RobinAfter The Tears
Smith, PatriciaChildren with Epilepsy

Articles and Other Resources

Kids With Peanut Allergies Get Some Relief, Study Finds The Wall St. Journal, January 30, 2014.  “Peanut allergy, which affects 0.5% to 1.4% of children in high-income countries, is the most common cause of severe and fatal allergic reactions related to food. The only way around the problem is to avoid eating foods containing peanuts. Even then, many people suffer accidental reactions. The treatment reported in Lancet is known as immunotherapy, which has a lasting protective effect when used against grass pollen and wasp-sting allergies.”

Play Therapy Promotes Emotional Healing in Kids Battling Chronic Illnesses, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, November 06, 2013.  “A version of play therapy using medically themed toys appears to help chronically ill children and their siblings express fears and foster hope for recovery. The innovative project, reported in the journal Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, primarily focused on chronically ill children and their siblings who were staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati, Ohio.”

Study offers clues about how athletes' brain disease begins, by Stephanie Smith. CNN, August 22, 2013.

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Depression

Books for Children and Teens

Berry, JoyLet's Talk About Feeling Sad
Campbell, BebeSometimes My Mommy Gets Angry
Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Khalsa, KathyTaking Depression to School
Ratcliffe, JaneSometimes I get Sad (But Now I Know What Makes Me Happy)
Renee, FranWhat Happened to Mommy?
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom

Books for Adults

Beardslee, WilliamWhen a Parent is Depressed
Burns, DavidFeeling Good Handbook
Casey, N.Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression
Copeland, Mary EllenLiving Without Depression and Manic Depression
Cronkite, K.On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations about Conquering Depression
Fassler, DGHelp Me, I'm Sad
Ingersoll, BarbaraLonely, Sad and Angry
Manassis, KatharinaHelping Your Teenager Beat Depression
Manning, M.Undercurrents: A Therapist's Reckoning with her Own Depression
Nicholson, Joanne, et al.Parenting Well When You Are Depressed
Oconnor, RichardUndoing Depression
Papolas, DemetriOvercoming Depression
Raeburn, PaulAcquainted with the Night
Riley, DouglasThe Depressed Child: Parents Guide for Rescuing Kids
Shields, BrookeDown Came the Rain
Slater, LaurenProzac Diary
Slater, LaurenWelcome to My Country
Stroll, AndrewThe Omega-3 Connection
Styron, W.Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
Thompson, T.The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression
Wurtzel, ElizProzac Nation

Articles and Other Resources

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression, by Olga Khazan. The Atlantic, April 21, 2014.  “How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what determines our overall happiness. Aristotle famously said there were two basic types of joy: hedonia, or that keg-standing, Netflix binge-watching, Nutella-from-the-jar selfish kind of pleasure, and eudaimonia, or the pleasure that comes from helping others, doing meaningful work, and otherwise leading a life well-lived. Recent psychological research has suggested that this second category is more likely to produce a lasting increase in happiness. Hedonic rewards may generate a short-term burst of glee, but it dissipates more quickly than the surge created by the more selfless eudaimonic rewards.”

Depression risks increase for young dads, by Michelle Healy. USA Today, April 14, 2014.  “Becoming a dad can be emotionally tough for any guy, but especially for young, first-time fathers. A new study finds that the first five years of parenthood — key attachment and bonding years for a child — may be the riskiest for young dads when it comes to developing depression. Symptoms of depression increased on average by 68% over the first five years of fatherhood for men who were around 25 years old when they became fathers and lived with their children, according to the study published online today in the journal Pediatrics.”

Test 'predicts' teen depression risk, by James Gallagher. BBC, February 17, 2014.  “A tool for predicting the risk of clinical depression in teenage boys has been developed by researchers. Looking for high levels of the stress hormone cortisol and reports of feeling miserable, lonely or unloved could find those at greatest risk.”

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Divorce

Books for Children and Teens

Blitzer-Field, MaryMy Life Turned Upside Down, But I Turned It Right Side Up
Brown, MarcDinosaurs Divorce
Christiansen, C.B.My Mother's House, My Father's House
Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Girard, LindaWalvoordAt Daddy's on Saturdays
Helmering, Doris WildI Have Two Families
Spelman, Cornelia MaudeMamma and Daddy Bear's Divorce
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom

Books for Adults

Beyer, Roberta JDSpeaking of Divorce
Joselow, BethWhen Divorce Hits Home
Robboy, AnitaAftermarriage: The Myth of Divorce
Wolf, AnthonyWhy Did You Have to Get a Divorce?

Articles and Other Resources

D Is for Divorce: Sesame Street Tackles Another Touchy Topic, by Jessica Bennett and Tumblr Storyboard. Time, December 10, 2012.  “In early 1992, a census report predicted that 40% of children would soon live in divorced homes. As one of the most famous children's-television programs in the world, Sesame Street was determined to take on a topic most kids shows wouldn't touch. They cast Snuffy, a.k.a. Mr. Snuffleupagus, for the part of a child with divorced parents. With a team of its best writers, researchers and producers, a segment was scripted and shot. It went through a half-dozen revisions, with input from the foremost researchers in the field. And on a typical sunny afternoon on Sesame Street, the furry, red elephantine Muppet prepared to drop the bomb on his loyal preschool viewers.”

Tenderness Important for Relationship Satisfaction, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, July 06, 2011.  “A new study from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University reveals that cuddling and caressing are important for long-term relationship satisfaction.”

Coping with Divorce: Words tell the story, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, September 07, 2010.  “University of Arizona researchers say that people in the midst of divorce reveal how they are handling things â�� not so much by what they say but how they say it.”

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Eating Disorders

Books for Children and Teens

Sears, WilliamEat Healthy Feel Good

Books and Videos for Adults

Adderholdt, MiriamPerfection
Byrne, KatherineA Parents Guide to Anorexia and Bulimia
Costin, CarolynThe Eating Disorder Sourcebook
Freedman, RitaBody Love
Gilbert, SarahThe Unofficial Guide to Managing Eating Disorders
Goodman, LauraEating Disorders: The Journey to Recovery Workbook
Hall, LindseyBulimia: A Guide to Recovery
Hirschmann, JaneOvercoming Overeating
Hirschmann, JanePreventing Childhood Eating Problems
Hirschmann, JaneWhen Women Stop Hating Their Bodies
Kolodny, NancyThe Beginners Guide to Eating Disorder
Matz, JudithBeyond a Shadow of a Diet
Normandi, CarolOver It
NOVA~PBS (Video)Dying to be Thin
Phillips, KatherineThe Broken Mirror
Pipher, MaryHunger Pains
Roth, GeneenBreaking Free From Compulsive Eating
Roth, GeneenWhy Weight?
Saker, IraDying to be Thin
Schaefer, JenniLife Without Ed
Sell, ChristinaYoga from the Inside Out
Shelley, RosemaryAnorexics on Anorexia
Siegel, MecheleSurviving an Eating Disorder
Thopson, BeckyA Hunger So Wide So Deep
Tribole, EvelynIntuitive Eating
Villapiano, MonaEating Disorders: Time for Change
Zerbe, KathrynBody Betrayed

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Tips for staying on the eating disorder recovery track throughout the holiday, by Cristin Runfola. University of North Carolina Center for Excellence in Eating Di, November 25, 2013.  “For individuals recovering from eating disorders, an all too familiar, yet unwelcome fear can arise as thoughts about holiday eating, weight, and social gatherings near. Recollections of past holidays that were fraught with triggers and slips, can also bring up painful memories and worries about staying healthy while sharing precious time with friends and family. These very thoughts may result in feelings of isolation, anxiety, defeat, and even despair.”

CBT, Psychdynamic Psychotherapy Found Effective for Anorexia, by Rick Nauert. October 22, 2013.  “A large study has shown that outpatient psychotherapy is an effective treatment approach for adult women with anorexia. Investigators evaluated two new treatment strategies and compared the outcomes to a treatment as normal group. They found that even after the conclusion of therapy, the new approaches fostered continued weight gains.”

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Forensic Psychology

Articles and Other Resources

Inmates With Mental Illnesses Neglected Inside Toughest U.S. Prison, by Pete Earley. October 09, 2013.  “More horror stories are surfacing about prisoners with mental illnesses allegedly being abused and neglected inside the federal government’s most secretive maximum security penitentiary.”

Why people share murder, rape on Facebook, by Doug Gross. CNN, August 09, 2013.

When oversharing online can get you arrested, by Lauren Russell. CNN, April 24, 2013.

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Grief and Loss

Books for Children and Teens

Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Krasny, LaurieDinosaurs Die
Requarth, MargoAfter a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom
White, E.B.Charlotte's Web
WigglesworthPenny Bears' Gift of Love
Wilhelm, HansI'll Always Love You

Books for Adults

Davis Konigsberg, RuthThe Truth About Grief: The Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss
Guest, J.Ordinary People
Heiney, SueCancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent
Horsley, Gloria and Horsley, HeidiTeen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding Support and Guidance
Kubler-Ross, ElisabethOn Children and Death
Kubler-Ross, ElisabethOn Death and Dying
Kubler-Ross, ElisabethQuestions and Answers on Death and Dying
Lavi, Barbara and Delzingo, LeeWhen Bad Things Happen to Children: A New Book to Help In Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy
Neeld, Elizabeth7 Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your
Russel, NeilCan I Still Kiss You?

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Societal Expectations Help Shape Grief, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, April 22, 2013.  “New research suggests the way society relates to people who have suffered a loss is important to the way the grieving process is managed. University of Haifa scientists propose that people who have never suffered the loss of a loved one tend to believe that the bereavement process has a far more destructive and devastating effect on a person compared to those who have actually suffered such a loss in the past.”

New Ways to Think About Grief, by Ruth Davis Konigsberg. Time Magazine, January 29, 2011.  “The five stages of grief are so deeply embedded in our culture that they've become virtually inescapable. Every time we experience loss--whether personal or national--we hear them recited: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. They're invoked to explain our emotional reaction to everything from the death of a loved one to the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill to LeBron James' abandoning the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.”

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Hoarding

Books and Videos for Adults

Curry, Arwen and Tanner, Cerissa(Video) Stuffed : A Documentary Film
Montag, Kris Britt(Video) Packrat
Neziroglu, Fugen and Bubrick, Jerome, et al.Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding
Steketee, Gail and Frost, RandyCompulsive hoarding and acquiring: Therapist Guide
Steketee, Gail and Frost, RandyCompulsive hoarding and acquiring: Workbook
Tolin, David and Frost, Randy, et al.Buried in Treasures : Help for compulsive acquiring, saving and hoarding
Tompkins, Michael and Hartl, TamaraDigging Out : Helping your loved one manage clutter, hoarding and compulsive acquiring

Articles and Other Resources

Children of Hoarders on Leaving the Cluttered Nest, by Steven Kurutz. New York Times, May 11, 2011.  “Children of hoarders often display a tortured ambivalence toward their parents, perhaps because unlike spouses or friends of hoarders, they had little choice but to live amid the junk.”

Tools to Reduce Stigma of Mental Illness, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, May 14, 2010.  “Researchers have announced a new intervention that can improve the quality of life and self-esteem among persons with serious mental illness.”

A Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves, by Tara Parker-Pope. New York Times, January 01, 2008.  “Disorganization may be a person problem, not a house problem.”

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Homelessness

Books for Adults

Agness, PhyllisNo Place at the Table
Hopper, KimReckoning With Homelessness
Jencks, ChristopherThe Homeless
Lachenmeyer, N.The Outsider: A Journey into My Father's Struggle with Madness
Liebow, ElliotTell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women
Walsh, MaryMoving to Nowhere: Children's Stories of Homelessness

Articles and Other Resources

Young social entrepreneur to tackle the taboo of homelessness, by PRWEB UK. July 19, 2012.  “A recent graduate from Suffolk aims to diminish the taboo surrounding homelessness and break down negative stereotypes using a range of personal Art Packs and open air art therapy events in London.”

Homelessness: Cheaper to Fix Than to Let Fester, by James, Charley. July 19, 2012.  “It costs (government) about $40,000 a year for a homeless person to be on the streets. That works out to roughly $110 a night, or more expensive than staying in a budget motel along the interstate.”

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Internet and Media Safety

Books for Adults

Steyer, JamesThe Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children

Articles and Other Resources

Phone app keeps recovering alcoholics from falling off the wagon, by Deborah Kotz. March 27, 2014.  “Recovering alcoholics who used an experimental smart phone app had a far easier time avoiding alcohol for up to a year after they left rehab compared to those who didn’t use the app. That’s based on a new trial involving nearly 350 recovering alcoholics, which found that those randomly assigned to use the app had an average of 1.4 binge drinking days per month — consuming three or four alcoholic beverages in two hours — compared to 2.8 days for those who didn’t get the app. The users of the app, called A-CHESS, were also 22 percent more likely to maintain their abstinence from alcohol, according to the study published on Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.”

Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression, by Maanvi Singh. NPR, February 06, 2014.  “The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers' risk of depression, two studies say. Teenagers who don't get enough sleep are four times as likely to develop as their peers who sleep more, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.”

Social Media Is Redefining 'Depression', by Anne-Sophie Bine. The Atlantic, October 28, 2013.  “This online cultivation of beautiful sadness is easy to join: anyone can take a picture, turn it black and white, pair it with a quote about misunderstood turmoil, and automatically be gratified with compassion and pity. And this readily accessible sea of dark poetry could easily drown out those whose suffering has reached the clinical level. During the vulnerable years during which adolescents seek out self-affirmation and recognition from others, this new, easy promise of being recognized as strong, beautiful, and mysterious by Tumblr “followers” can be very tempting, says Dr. Mark Reinecke, chief psychologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Too often, it just leads to more teenagers believing and feeling they are depressed, self-pitying, self-harming.”

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Learning Disabilities and Differences

Books for Children and Teens

Gehret, JeanneThe Don't Give Up Kid
Levine, MelAll Kinds of Minds
Moynihan, LaurenTaking Dyslexia To School
Stern, JudithMany Ways To Learn

Books and Videos for Adults

Alliance for TechnologyComputer Resources for People with Disabilities
Anderson, WinfredNegotiating the Special Education Maze
Beil, LindseyRaising a Sensory Smart Child
Capper, LizanneThat's My Child
Citro, AllissaTransitional Skills for Post Secondary Success
Citro, TeressaThe Experts Speak
Dornbush, MarilynTeaching the Tiger
Jamison, KayExuberance the Passion for Life
Kranowitz, CarolThe Out of Sync Child
Kranowitz, CarolThe Out of Sync Child Has Fun
Kranowitz, Carol (Video)(Video) The Out of Sync Child
Lavoie, Richard(Video) Learning Disabilities and Social Skills-last one picked, first one...
Lavoie, Richard(Video) Understanding Learning Disabilities: How difficult can this be?
Lee, ChristopherFaking It: Look into the mind of a creative learner
Lelewer, NancySomething is Not Right
Levine, Mel(Video) Misunderstood Minds
Levine, MelA Mind at a Time
Levine, MelAll Kinds of Minds
Levine, MelKeeping Ahead in School
Levine, MelThe Myth of Laziness
Mangrum, CharlesCollege with Programs for Students with LD
Markova, DonnaHow Your Child is Smart
National Research CounselStarting Out Right
Shaywitz, SallyOvercoming Dyslexia
Silver, LarryThe Misunderstood Child
Stewart, KathrynHelping a Child with NVLD or Aspergers Syndrome
Tanguay, PamelaNonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home
Tanguay, PamelaNonverbal Learning Disabilities at School
Thompson, SueThe Source for Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
Turrie, CherylChallenging Voices
Whitley, MichaelBright Minds, Poor Grades

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Lack of sleep blights pupils' education, by Sean Coughlan. BBC, May 08, 2013.  “Sleep deprivation is a significant hidden factor in lowering the achievement of school pupils, according to researchers carrying out international education tests. It is a particular problem in more affluent countries, with sleep experts linking it to the use of mobile phones and computers in bedrooms late at night. Sleep deprivation is such a serious disruption that lessons have to be pitched at a lower level to accommodate sleep-starved learners, the study found. The international comparison, carried out by Boston College, found the United States to have the highest number of sleep-deprived students, with 73% of 9 and 10-year-olds and 80% of 13 and 14-year-olds identified by their teachers as being adversely affected.”

New Research Says Up to 10 Percent of Children Affected by Learning Disabilities, by Janice Wood. Psych Central, April 19, 2013.  “Up to 10 percent of the population is affected by specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, which translates to two or three students in every classroom, according to new research. Researchers at University College London and Goldsmiths University of London also found that children are frequently affected by more than one learning disability.”

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Military Families

Books for Children and Teens

Andrews, BethI Miss You!: A Military Kid's Book About Deployment
Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Ehrmantraut, BrendaNight Catch
Hoyt, Carmen R.Daddy's in Iraq, but I Want him Back
Skolmoski, StephanieA Paper Hug
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom

Books for Adults

Hoge, CharlesOnce a Warrior - Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home
Military Family Network (MFN)Your Military Family Network: Your Connection to Military Friendly Businesses, Resources, Benefits, Information and Advice
Pavlicin, KarenLife After Deployment: Military families share reunion stories and advice
Pavlicin, KarenSurviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families

Articles and Other Resources

Military deployments tied to teens' depression, by Kathleen Raven. Reuters, November 29, 2013.  “Adolescents who experience the deployment of a family member in the U.S. military may face an increased risk of depression, suggests a new study. Ninth- and eleventh-grade students in California public schools with two or more deployment experiences over the past decade were 56 percent more likely to feel sad or hopeless compared with their non-military-family peers, the researchers found. The same kids were 34 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts.”

Mental Illness, Not Combat, Causes Soldier's Suicides, by Jen Christensen. CNN, August 06, 2013.

Outdoor Activities Can Improve Your Mental Health, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, July 26, 2013.  “Veterans were surveyed before and after a multi-day wilderness recreation experience, which involved camping and hiking in groups of between six and 12 participants. More than half of participants reported that they frequently experienced physical or mental health problems in everyday life. One week after the experience, veterans reported a greater than 10 percent improvement in several measures of psychological well-being, a 9 percent increase in social functioning, and a nearly 8 percent gain in positive life outlook.”

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Multiculturalism

Books for Children and Teens

Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom

Books for Adults

Aronson Fontes, LisaChild Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families
Fernando, SumanMental Health, Race and Culture: Third Edition
MacDonald, M.All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
Mason, B.In Country
Zacharoff, M.D,, Kevin L. and Zeis, Joanne, et al.Cross-Cultural Pain Management: Effective Treatment of Pain in the Hispanic Population

Articles and Other Resources

The power of prejudice -- and why you should speak up, by Amanda Enayati. CNN, February 06, 2014.  “Indeed, admits Rattan, "people talk about all the ways that the Internet's anonymity can lead to more prejudice being expressed online." But a series of studies Rattan undertook with her colleague, the late Nalini Ambady of Stanford University, showed that social media also have the potential to serve as the exact opposite.”

Racial Attitudes May Affect Juvenile Sentencing, by Traci Pedersen. Psych Central, June 20, 2012.  “When people imagine a juvenile offender to be black, they are more supportive of handing down harsher sentences to all juveniles, according to a new study by Stanford psychologists.”

New Approach for Substance Abuse among African-Americans, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, October 18, 2011.  “A new study examined the effectiveness of a motivational counseling approach to treat substance abuse among African-Americans.”

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Books for Children and Teens

Foster, ConstanceKids Like Me
Hesser, TerryKissing Doorknobs (Teens)
Huebner, DawnWhat to Do When You Worry Too Much:A Kid's Guide
Huebner, DawnWhat to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck:A Kid's Guide
March, JohnTalking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"
Moritz, E. Katia and Jablonsky, JenniferBlink, Blink, Clop, Clop: Why Do We Do Things We Can't Stop? An OCD Storybook
Pinto, AureenUp and Down Worry Hill

Books for Adults

Bell, J.Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Chansky, TamarFreeing Your Child from OCD
Chansky, Tamar E.Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents
Colas, EmilyChecking In
Colas, EmilyJust Checking: Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive
Fitzgibbons, Lee and Pedrick, CherryHelping Your Child With Ocd: A Workbook for Parents of Children With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Foa, EdnaStop Obsessing
Foust, TraciNowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD
Gravitz, HerbertObsessive Compulsive Disorder-New Help for Family
Hollander, EOCD
Hyman, Bruce and Pedrick, CherryThe OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Korin, LaurenOCD and Related Disorders in Adults
March, JohnTalking Back to OCD:The Program that helps kids and Teens
Marche, JohnOCD in Children and Adolescents
Neziroglu, FugenOver and Over Again
Rapport, JudithThe Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing
Steketee, GailWhen Once is Not Enough
Summers, MarcEverything in Its Place
Wagner, AureenWhat To Do When Your Child has OCD
Wilensky, A.Passing for Normal: A Memoir of Compulsion

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Wariness on Surgery of the Mind, by Benedict Carey. New York Times, February 14, 2011.  “In recent years, many psychiatrists have come to believe that the last, best chance for some people with severe and intractable mental problems is psychosurgery, an experimental procedure in which doctors operate directly on the brain.”

Predicting Treatment Success for Child OCD, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, October 18, 2010.  “A new research effort may help clinicians better predict how a child with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) will respond to some of the most commonly used treatment approaches.”

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Parenting Advice and Support

Books for Children and Teens

Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom

Books for Adults

Gallagher, Gina (Terrasi) and Konjoian, Patricia (Terrasi)Shut Up About...Your Perfect Kid!
Lavi, Barbara and Delzingo, LeeWhen Bad Things Happen to Children: A New Book to Help In Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy

Articles and Other Resources

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression, by Olga Khazan. The Atlantic, April 21, 2014.  “How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what determines our overall happiness. Aristotle famously said there were two basic types of joy: hedonia, or that keg-standing, Netflix binge-watching, Nutella-from-the-jar selfish kind of pleasure, and eudaimonia, or the pleasure that comes from helping others, doing meaningful work, and otherwise leading a life well-lived. Recent psychological research has suggested that this second category is more likely to produce a lasting increase in happiness. Hedonic rewards may generate a short-term burst of glee, but it dissipates more quickly than the surge created by the more selfless eudaimonic rewards.”

Depression risks increase for young dads, by Michelle Healy. USA Today, April 14, 2014.  “Becoming a dad can be emotionally tough for any guy, but especially for young, first-time fathers. A new study finds that the first five years of parenthood — key attachment and bonding years for a child — may be the riskiest for young dads when it comes to developing depression. Symptoms of depression increased on average by 68% over the first five years of fatherhood for men who were around 25 years old when they became fathers and lived with their children, according to the study published online today in the journal Pediatrics.”

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain, by Jon Hamilton. NPR, February 24, 2014.  “Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development. More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says Charles Nelson, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Without someone who is a reliable source of attention, affection and stimulation, he says, "the wiring of the brain goes awry." The result can be long-term mental and emotional problems.”

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Books for Children and Teens

Andrews, BethWhy Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book About Parents With PTSD
Dunn Buron, KariWhen My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety
Holmes, MargaretA Terrible Thing Happened

Books for Adults

Cori, Jasmin LeeHealing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life
Handy, MarlaNo Comfort Zone: Notes on Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Hoge, CharlesOnce a Warrior - Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home
Monahon, CynthiaChildren and Trauma:A Parent's Guide to Helping Children Heal
Orange, CynthiaShock Waves: A Practical Guide to Living with a Loved One's PTSD
Schiraldi, GlennThe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth
Williams, Mary Beth and Poijula, SoiliThe PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

Articles and Other Resources

Study Finds Vicious Cycle of Heavy Drinking, Worsening PTSD in College, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, January 17, 2014.  “A new study finds that heavy drinking in college may worsen post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms over time. Researchers estimate that 9 percent of college student have PTSD. Investigators discovered that college students who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to drink more alcohol than peers without it.”

Exposure therapy aids teens with PTSD, study finds, by Geoffrey Mohan. Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2013.  “Teens who have been sexually traumatized benefit more from therapy that includes recounting the assault than from supportive counseling, a study suggests. Such exposure treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has had some success among adults. But it has not found favor for treatment of teens because of fear that it could exacerbate symptoms for young adults who have not developed robust coping skills.”

Study: Watching Wall-to-Wall Coverage of the Marathon Attack Was More Stressful than Being There, by Eric Randall. Boston Magazine, December 10, 2013.  “People who watched wall-to-wall news coverage after the Boston Marathon bombing were actually more likely to exhibit signs of acute stress than those who were directly impacted by the event, according to a new study released in the journal PNAS. The University of California-Irvine researchers asked a broad subsection of people to rate how often they experienced 30 statements, like “I feel hypervigilant or ‘on edge.’” They used clinical definitions to assess respondents’ stress levels and found that those who repeatedly exposed themselves to violent TV coverage were more likely to show symptoms of stress than those who were present in Boston that day. (Over 1 percent of their respondents were at or near the finish line, and about 9 percent had a close friend or family member there.) Their findings followed earlier research showing that exposure to coverage of the 9/11 attacks was unhealthy. What’s new, and scary obviously, is the conclusion that one doesn’t even need to be personally impacted by a horrible event to be impacted by TV coverage of it.”

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Postpartum Depression

Books for Adults

Bennett, ShoshanaBeyond the Blues: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression
Huysman, ArleneA Mother's Tears: Understanding the Mood Swings That Follow Childbirth
Kleiman, KarenThe Postpartum Husband - Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression
Kleiman, KarenThis Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
Misri, SheilaShouldn't I be Happy: Emotional Problems of Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Placksin, SallyMothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs After childbirth A Resource and Support Guide
Roan, Sharon L.Postpartum Depression - Every Woman's Guide to diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Shields, BrookeDown Came the Rain

Articles and Other Resources

Depression risks increase for young dads, by Michelle Healy. USA Today, April 14, 2014.  “Becoming a dad can be emotionally tough for any guy, but especially for young, first-time fathers. A new study finds that the first five years of parenthood — key attachment and bonding years for a child — may be the riskiest for young dads when it comes to developing depression. Symptoms of depression increased on average by 68% over the first five years of fatherhood for men who were around 25 years old when they became fathers and lived with their children, according to the study published online today in the journal Pediatrics.”

Higher risks among perinatal women with bipolar disorder, by Brown University. ScienceDaily, February 24, 2014.  “Women with bipolar disorder often struggle with the illness during and after pregnancy. A new study finds that they were significantly more likely to face important psychiatric and childrearing challenges compared to women who were seeking treatment for other psychiatric disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the lead author states.”

Maternal Depression May Affect Infant Development, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, December 05, 2013.  “New research finds that depression among pregnant women may have an impact on their developing babies. Experts have observed that children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves — presumably a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. These children also display alterations in the amygdala, a brain structure important for the regulation of emotion and stress.”

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Psychosis

Books for Children and Teens

Friedman, MichelleEverything You Need to Know About Schizophrenia (for 12)
Olson, LaurieHe Was Still My Daddy: Coming to Terms With Mental Illness

Books for Adults

Bartok, MiraThe Memory Palace: A Memoir
Cockburn, Patrick and CockburnHenry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story
Deveson, A.Tell Me I'm Here: One Family's Experience of Schizophrenia
Holman, V.Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memoirs From a Decade Gone Mad
Lachenmeyer, N.The Outsider: A Journey into My Father's Struggle with Madness
Nasrala, HenryThe Patient with Schizophrenia
Neugeboren, J.Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival: A Memoir
Saks, E.R.The Center Can Not Hold: My Journey Through Madness
Schiller & Bennett, L. & A.The Quiet Room
Sheehan, S.Is There No Place on Earth for Me?
Simon, C.Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings
Slater, LaurenWelcome to My Country
Steele, DanThe Day the Voices Stopped
Torray, ESurviving Schizophrenia
Torrey, E. FullerSurviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers
Wagner & Spiro, P.S. & C.Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia

Articles and Other Resources

Schizophrenia: Talking therapies moderately effective, by James Gallagher. BBC, February 05, 2014.  “Cognitive behavioral therapy is an officially recommended treatment, but is available to less than 10% of patients in the UK with schizophrenia. A study published in the Lancet indicates CBT could help the many who refuse antipsychotic medication. Experts say larger trials are needed.”

Stray Prenatal Gene Network Suspected in Schizophrenia, by National Institute of Mental Health. National Institute of Mental Health, August 01, 2013.

Early On, Schizophrenia Marked By Worse Cognitive Problems Than Bipolar, by Traci Pedersen. Psych Central, March 23, 2013.  “Although patients with bipolar disorder, bipolar psychosis, and schizophrenia share several early risk factors, patients with schizophrenia often have more severe cognitive problems during childhood than those with bipolar disorder, according to a new study. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia share several elements including age of onset, family history patterns, as well as similar symptoms leading up to the disorder. Patients who develop bipolar psychosis have even more in common with those who develop schizophrenia.”

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Rape and Sexual Assault

Books for Children and Teens

Bean, Barbara and BennettThe Me Nobody Knows: A Guide for Teen Survivors
Girard, Linda WalvoordMy Body Is Private
Kehoe, Patricia and DeachSomething Happened and I'm Scared to Tell: A Book for Young Victims of Abuse
Kleven, Sandy, et al.The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Books for Adults

Bass, Ellen and DavisThe Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Braswell, LindaQuest for Respect: A Healing Guide for Survivors of Rape
Davis, LauraAllies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused As a Child, A Support Book
Hagans, KathrynWhen Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parent's Guide to Healing and Recovery
Lew, Mike and BassVictims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse
Raine, NancyAfter Silence: Rape & My Journey Back
Sebold, AliceLucky: A Memoir
Warshaw, RobinI Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape

Articles and Other Resources

Exposure therapy aids teens with PTSD, study finds, by Geoffrey Mohan. Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2013.  “Teens who have been sexually traumatized benefit more from therapy that includes recounting the assault than from supportive counseling, a study suggests. Such exposure treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has had some success among adults. But it has not found favor for treatment of teens because of fear that it could exacerbate symptoms for young adults who have not developed robust coping skills.”

Breaking the Silence, by Matthew Hay Brown. The Sun, December 14, 2013.  “The outrage over sexual assault in the military has focused largely on female service members, and with reason: A woman in uniform is much likelier to be targeted than a man, Pentagon surveys indicate. But because male service members greatly outnumber females, officials believe the majority of sexual assault victims — 53 percent in 2012 — are men. These men — an estimated 13,900 last year alone — are far less likely than women to report an attack. Only 13 percent of reports last year were filed by men, military data show.”

Sexual violence common among teens. Feeling responsible isn't., by Melissa Healy. Los Angeles Times, October 07, 2013.  “Nearly 1 in 10 young Americans between ages 14 and 21 acknowledges having perpetrated an act of sexual violence at least once, and 4% of a nationally representative sample of American kids reported attempting or completing rape, a new study finds.”

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Relationship Violence

Books for Children and Teens

Bernstein, SharonA Family That Fights
Davis, DianeSomething Is Wrong At My House
Hochban, TyHear My Roar: A Story of Family Violence
Holmes, MargaretA Terrible Thing Happened

Books for Adults

Bancroft, LundyWhen Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse
Bancroft, LundyWhy Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
Dugan, Meg and Hock, RogerIt's My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence
MacDonald, M.All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
Pelzer, DaveA Child Called 'It'
Pelzer, DaveA Man Named Dave
Pelzer, DaveHelp Yourself
Pelzer, DaveThe Lost Boy

Articles and Other Resources

Teens trained to spot drama before it turns dangerous, by Emanuella Grinberg. CNN, June 25, 2013.  “The goal is to challenge perceptions of "normal behavior" and make teens aware of the nuanced interactions that create a hostile climate. It could be as simple as diverting a friend's attention when he hollers at a girl on the street, encouraging your sister to talk to her boyfriend instead of secretly checking his texts, sneaking off to call 911 when the popular guys start messing with a girl who's barely conscious. "Bystander intervention gives everyone a role to play in preventing relationship violence," said University of New Hampshire psychology professor Victoria Banyard, whose research has examined bystander intervention in relationship violence prevention programs.”

How do you talk to your son about rape?, by Rosalind Wiseman and CNN. CNN, March 22, 2013.  “With pressure on parents to talk to their children about issues as sensitive as rape, this article presents ideas about starting the conversation, especially with your son.”

The question your doctor may start asking, by Ben Tinker. CNN, January 21, 2013.  “At your next doctor's appointment, amid questions about alcohol, smoking and medications, don't be surprised if you're asked, "How are things at home?" Roughly one-third of women and one-quarter of men report experiencing some form of domestic violence, also referred to as inter-partner violence, during their lifetime. While these statistics are alarming, the numbers are almost certainly worse, due to the systematic under-reporting of abuse. But a panel of national experts has found there is a particular time-frame in a woman's life when she is most vulnerable to abuse.”

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Self Injury

Books for Adults

Conterio, Karen and Lader, Wendy, et al.Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers
Hollander, MichaelHelping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self Injury
Kettlewell, C.Skin Game: A Cutter's Memoir
Levenkron, StevenCutting
Shapiro, Lawrence E.Stopping the Pain: A Workbook for Teens Who Cut & Self Injure
Strong, MarileeBright Red Scream

Articles and Other Resources

How to Recognize Teens at Risk for Self-Harm, by Janice Wood. Psych Central, October 06, 2012.  “It's a startling statistic: Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response, a University of Missouri public health expert has identified factors that will help parents, medical professionals and educators recognize teens at risk for self injury and suicide.”

Girls with ADHD and self-harm/suicide risk, by Traci Pedersen. Psych Central, August 16, 2012.  “As girls with ADHD become adults, they are especially prone toward internalizing their problems and feelings of inadequacy--that in turn can lead to self-injury and even attempted suicide, according to new findings from the University of California, Berkeley.”

Military Suicide: Help for Families Worried About Their Service Member, by Alexandra Sifferlin. Time, July 12, 2012.  “Each person deals differently with the stresses of war, frequent deployments, separation from family, death of comrades. Many contend with depression and post-traumatic stress upon returning home. There are several programs and support lines for these soldiers, but it also helps for their immediate families to remain vigilant and to monitor their behavior. Even still, many service members fall through the cracks.”

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Sexual Orientation

Books for Children and Teens

Harris, RobieIt's Perfectly Normal
Madaras, LyndaMy Body, Myself For Boys
Mayle, PeterWhat's Happening To Me?
Mayle, PeterWhere Did I Come From?
Potash, MarlinAm I Weird or Is This Normal?

Books for Adults

Griffin, WrithBeyond Acceptance
Hoyle, SallyThe Sexualized Child in Foster Care
Huegel, KellyGLBTQ:The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens
Sanchez, AlexRainbow Boys
Sanchez, AlexRainbow High

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

5 things to know about gender identity, by Jacque Wilson. CNN, August 23, 2013.  “"Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression, or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth," according to the American Psychological Association. "Gender identity refers to a person's internal sense of being male, female, or something else." Some say the roots of gender identity issues are cultural -- that how a culture views a "boy" or "girl" and what they should or should not do contributes to gender issues. Others believe being transgender is a choice or a psychological problem. Some experts have hypothesized that exposure to hormones during pregnancy can lead to a baby's transgender identity since early research has shown androgens can affect fetal brain development.”

Hiding Bisexuality Increases Risk of Depression, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, January 03, 2013.  “Experts say bisexual men are less likely than gay men to come out of the closet and declare their sexuality. Researchers say this concealment is associated with more symptoms of depression and anxiety. Investigators from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, examined bisexual men "on the down low," a subgroup of bisexual men who live predominantly heterosexual lives and do not disclose their same-sex behavior, a group that has not been studied to date.”

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Sport Psychology

Books for Adults

Beilock, SianChoke
Ehrmann, JoeInSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives
Gallwey, W. TimothyThe Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
Ginsberg, Richard and Durant, Stephen, et al.Whose Game Is It Anyway? A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most from Sports, Organized by Age and Stage
Lardon, MichaelFinding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life
Loehr, JamesThe New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental Emotional Physical Conditioning from One of the World's Premier Sports Psychologi
Lynch, JerryThe Way of the Champion: Lessons from Sun Tzu's The art of War and other Tao Wisdom for Sports & life
Weinberg, RobertFoundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Articles and Other Resources

Taking notice of the hidden injury, by Nicole Noren. ESPN, January 26, 2014.  “According to the most recent data compiled by the NCAA, suicide was the third-leading cause of death of student-athletes from 2004-08, after accidents and cardiac causes.”

Study offers clues about how athletes' brain disease begins, by Stephanie Smith. CNN, August 22, 2013.

Exercise Can Help Protect Against Future Emotional Stress, by Janice Wood. Psych Central, September 14, 2012.  “Exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress for an extended period of time after the workout, according to a new study. Researchers compared how moderate intensity cycling for 30 minutes versus a 30-minute period of rest affected anxiety levels in a group of healthy college students.”

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Stress

Books for Children and Teens

Aborn, AllysonEverything I Do, You Blame Me
Allen, Jeffrey and KleinReady...Set...Relax - A Research Based Program of Relaxation, Learning, and Self Esteem for Children
Berry, JoyA Children's Book About Lying
Brown, MargaretThe Runaway Bunny
Cain, JananThe Way I Feel
Crary, ElizabethI'm Scared
Crary, ElizabethMommy Don't Go
Danneberg, JulieFirst Day Jitters
Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Dlugokinski, EricThe Boys' & Girls' Book of Dealing With Feelings
Freymann, SaxtonHow Are You Peeling?
Gilmore, RachnaA Screaming Kind of Day
Lite, LoriA Boy and a Bear (for ages 3 to 10)
Penn, AudreyThe Kissing Hand
Seaward, Brian and Bartlett, LindaHot Stones & Funny Bones: Teens Helping Teens Cope with Stress & Anger
Shapiro, LawrenceAll Feelings Are Okay
Slap-Shelton, LauraEvery Time I Blow My Top I Lose My Head
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom

Books for Adults

Beilock, SianChoke
Benson, HerbertThe Relaxation Response
Kabat-Zin, JohnFull Catastrophic Living
Sapolsky, RobertWhy Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Two stressed people equals less stress: Sharing nervous feelings helps reduce stress ScienceDaily, January 29, 2014.  “Does giving a speech in public stress you out? Or writing a big presentation for your boss? What about skydiving? One way to cope, according to a new study, is to share your feelings with someone who is having a similar emotional reaction to the same scenario.”

Study: Watching Wall-to-Wall Coverage of the Marathon Attack Was More Stressful than Being There, by Eric Randall. Boston Magazine, December 10, 2013.  “People who watched wall-to-wall news coverage after the Boston Marathon bombing were actually more likely to exhibit signs of acute stress than those who were directly impacted by the event, according to a new study released in the journal PNAS. The University of California-Irvine researchers asked a broad subsection of people to rate how often they experienced 30 statements, like “I feel hypervigilant or ‘on edge.’” They used clinical definitions to assess respondents’ stress levels and found that those who repeatedly exposed themselves to violent TV coverage were more likely to show symptoms of stress than those who were present in Boston that day. (Over 1 percent of their respondents were at or near the finish line, and about 9 percent had a close friend or family member there.) Their findings followed earlier research showing that exposure to coverage of the 9/11 attacks was unhealthy. What’s new, and scary obviously, is the conclusion that one doesn’t even need to be personally impacted by a horrible event to be impacted by TV coverage of it.”

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Substance Abuse and Addictions

Books for Adults

AnonymousGo Ask Alice
Beattie, MelodyCo-Dependant No More
Burroughs, A.Dry: A Memoir
Cheever, S.Notes Found in a Bottle: My Life as a Drinker
Conyers, BeverlyAddict In the Family
Frey, JamesA Million Little Pieces
Girlow, StuartSubstance Abuse Disorders
Hamill, P.A Drinking Life
Hoffman, JohnAddiction;Why Can't They Just Stop
Jay, DeborahNo More Letting Go
Knapp, C.Drinking: A Love Story
KuhnBuzzed-the Straight Facts about the most used and abused drugs
Lachenmeyer, N.The Outsider: A Journey into My Father's Struggle with Madness
Marlowe, A.How to Stop Time: Heroin from A to Z
McGovern, G.Terry: My Daughter's Life and Death Struggle with Alcoholism
Sheff, DavidBeautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
Verghese, A.The Tennis Partner
Volkmann, Chris&TorenFrom Binge to Blackout
Walls, JeannetteThe Glass Castle
Zailckas, KorenSmashed- story of a drunk girlhood

Articles and Other Resources

Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users, by Kay Lazar. Boston Globe, April 15, 2014.  “Young adults who occasionally smoke marijuana show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, raising concerns that they could be damaging their developing minds at a critical time, according to a new study by Boston researchers. Other studies have revealed brain changes among heavy marijuana users, but this research is believed to be the first to demonstrate such abnormalities in young, casual smokers.”

Phone app keeps recovering alcoholics from falling off the wagon, by Deborah Kotz. March 27, 2014.  “Recovering alcoholics who used an experimental smart phone app had a far easier time avoiding alcohol for up to a year after they left rehab compared to those who didn’t use the app. That’s based on a new trial involving nearly 350 recovering alcoholics, which found that those randomly assigned to use the app had an average of 1.4 binge drinking days per month — consuming three or four alcoholic beverages in two hours — compared to 2.8 days for those who didn’t get the app. The users of the app, called A-CHESS, were also 22 percent more likely to maintain their abstinence from alcohol, according to the study published on Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.”

One snapshot in a tragic national picture: Long Island sees exploding heroin use, by Ronnie Berke and Poppy Harlow. CNN, February 09, 2014.  “Heroin use has exploded in what is being described as an epidemic on New York's Long Island, where addiction counselors are seeing users as young as 12 -- many from middle-class, suburban families. Several factors have contributed to this "perfect storm" of addiction according to experts -- among them, proximity to major airports and transportation centers, and a statewide crackdown on prescription painkillers, that has had the unintended effect of pushing more kids to cheaper and more accessible heroin.”

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Suicide

Books for Children and Teens

Requarth, MargoAfter a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal

Books for Adults

Fine, CarlaNo Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving The Suicide Of A Loved One
Griffith, G.Will's Choice
Guest, J.Ordinary People
Jamison, KayNight Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Lukas, Christopher and Seiden, HenrySilent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Taking notice of the hidden injury, by Nicole Noren. ESPN, January 26, 2014.  “According to the most recent data compiled by the NCAA, suicide was the third-leading cause of death of student-athletes from 2004-08, after accidents and cardiac causes.”

Military deployments tied to teens' depression, by Kathleen Raven. Reuters, November 29, 2013.  “Adolescents who experience the deployment of a family member in the U.S. military may face an increased risk of depression, suggests a new study. Ninth- and eleventh-grade students in California public schools with two or more deployment experiences over the past decade were 56 percent more likely to feel sad or hopeless compared with their non-military-family peers, the researchers found. The same kids were 34 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts.”

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Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

Books for Children and Teens

Lindsay, JeanneTeen Dads: Rights, Responsibilities & Joys (for Adolescents)
Lindsay, Jeanne and Brunelli, JeanYour Pregnancy & Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens (for Adolescents)
Williams, HeidiTeen Pregnancy (Issues That Concern You) (for Adolescents)

Articles and Other Resources

MTV’s ‘16 and Pregnant,’ Derided by Some, May Resonate as a Cautionary Tale, by Annie Lowrey. New York Times, January 13, 2014.  “A new economic study of Nielsen television ratings and birth records suggests that the show she appeared in, “16 and Pregnant,” and its spinoffs may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010. The paper, to be released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, makes the case that the controversial but popular programs reduced the teenage birthrate by nearly 6 percent, contributing to a long-term decline that accelerated during the recession.”

Doctors don’t talk to adolescents about sex, by Stephanie Smith. CNN, December 31, 2013.  “Thirty-six seconds is the average time a physician spends speaking with adolescent patients about sexuality, according to research published online Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. About one-third of adolescent patient-doctor interactions result in no talk at all about sexuality - which includes things like sexual activity, dating and sexual orientation.”

Rethinking Shaken Baby Syndrome, by Joseph Shapiro. NPR, June 29, 2011.  “The dispute over shaken baby syndrome is a bitter civil war. On one side, doctors, lawyers and other experts say the diagnosis is key to winning convictions of people accused of the most horrible acts of child abuse. Opponents say the diagnosis is used too freely and that sometimes, innocent people go to prison.”

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Trauma and Resiliency

Books for Children and Teens

Bernstein, SharonA Family That Fights
Cohn, JaniceWhy Did It Happen?: Helping Children Cope in a Violent World
Davis, GabrielThe Moving Book: A Kids' Survival Guide
Gellman, MarcAnd God Cried Too: A Kid's Book of Healing and Hope.
Holmes, MargaretA Terrible Thing Happened

Books for Adults

Angelou, M.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Britton, Kathryn and Maymin, SeniaResilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves
Brooks, Robert and Goldstein, SamRaising Resilient Children
Cohen-Sandler, RoniStressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure
Cori, Jasmin LeeHealing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life
Groves, Betsy McAlisterChildren Who See Too Much
Hallowell, EdwardThe Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
Lavi, Barbara and Delzingo, LeeWhen Bad Things Happen to Children: A New Book to Help In Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy
MacDonald, M.All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
Monahon, CynthiaChildren and Trauma:A Parent's Guide to Helping Children Heal
Perry, Bruce and SzalavitzThe Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us
Rogers, A.A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy
Terr, L.Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories, Lost and Found
Terr, LenoreToo Scared to Cry
Wolin, Steven and Wolin, SybilThe Resilient Self: How Survivors of Troubled Families Rise Above Adversity.

Articles and Other Resources

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Exposure therapy aids teens with PTSD, study finds, by Geoffrey Mohan. Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2013.  “Teens who have been sexually traumatized benefit more from therapy that includes recounting the assault than from supportive counseling, a study suggests. Such exposure treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has had some success among adults. But it has not found favor for treatment of teens because of fear that it could exacerbate symptoms for young adults who have not developed robust coping skills.”

Study: Watching Wall-to-Wall Coverage of the Marathon Attack Was More Stressful than Being There, by Eric Randall. Boston Magazine, December 10, 2013.  “People who watched wall-to-wall news coverage after the Boston Marathon bombing were actually more likely to exhibit signs of acute stress than those who were directly impacted by the event, according to a new study released in the journal PNAS. The University of California-Irvine researchers asked a broad subsection of people to rate how often they experienced 30 statements, like “I feel hypervigilant or ‘on edge.’” They used clinical definitions to assess respondents’ stress levels and found that those who repeatedly exposed themselves to violent TV coverage were more likely to show symptoms of stress than those who were present in Boston that day. (Over 1 percent of their respondents were at or near the finish line, and about 9 percent had a close friend or family member there.) Their findings followed earlier research showing that exposure to coverage of the 9/11 attacks was unhealthy. What’s new, and scary obviously, is the conclusion that one doesn’t even need to be personally impacted by a horrible event to be impacted by TV coverage of it.”

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