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Promoting happiness and health in the college years
Marcia Morris M.D.
When your student is entering senior year, it is critical that you check in with them about their fears for the future.
If you have gotten your child to open up to you about mental health, you have won half the battle.
The gap year may be a solution for some students to grow socially and emotionally, to gain maturity, or to get a stronger financial footing, so they can achieve success.
Parents and students need to creatively and assertively search for treatment.
The authors of these guides speak not only as professionals but also as parents who recognize the need for creative approaches to twenty-first century parenting.
With our children away at college, we have more opportunities to improve our physical, emotional, social, and financial health.
With mental health problems soaring on campus, the knowledge you share with your child could save a college career or even a life.
What should you do if your college student is in a psychiatric hospital? You can be a tremendous source of support for your child during this stressful time.
A grandparent’s death can pose challenges for a college student, but with your support and campus resources, your student can learn to cope.
The accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of ADHD are critical because ADHD, if left untreated, can lead to poor school performance, driving mishaps, and substance abuse.
In the face of current cultural anxieties, we can continue to encourage safety, academic success, and social belonging.
Sex is one of the toughest topics to talk about with your college-aged children, but also one of the most important.
College aged adults are redefining what it means to be a man or a woman.
We notice physical changes when our children come home from college, like a butterfly tattoo on their ankle, but we can be less aware of the internal transformation taking place.
It’s strange to think that you could feel lonely on a campus of 500 or 5,000 students, but it happens all the time.
Resilience. Hope. Recovery. Remember these words if your child has an episode of psychosis.
With the right treatment plan, your child can develop the tools to fight her way out of the darkness of depression and into the light of recovery.
At a time of increasing distress among college students, I want more parents to collaborate in their child’s psychiatric care.
College students are under increasing pressure to be perfect - to maintain high grades, have a busy social life, look great, all while appearing calm and collected.
The National Eating Disorders Association shows that over a 13-year period, eating disorders increased from 7.9 to 25% for males and 23.4% to 32.6% for females.
One suicide can lead to another, particularly for someone close to the victim.
If you have a child who takes medication for ADD, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue, you need an additional checklist—maybe your most important one.
As a parent, you can help your college student contain, manage and reduce anxiety.
Encourage your student to take his own academic temperature and to follow the steps towards academic wellness.
Some students take longer to realize they have a drug or alcohol problem, but with the love, support and encouragement of their parents they can begin their journey to recovery soo
In answer to the question, should parents just say no? Don’t just say no.
College student debt tops 1.2 trillion dollars.
Parent involvement in the college years is critical for success. Four-year graduation rates are at an all time low of 39.4%.
Marcia Morris, M.D., is a psychiatrist at the University of Florida.