Checkup Newsroom (Psychology)

2018
August
17,
2018
| 05:26 PM America/Chicago
You’re holding your child’s hand on your way to the first day of school. The squeeze on your hand is tighter than usual. Then suddenly your little one sees a friend, smiles, releases your grip and you watch them run to school together without a care ...
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April
06,
2018
| 10:15 PM America/Chicago
Today’s students have greater demands than ever before, with homework and a greater emphasis on scoring high on standardized tests like the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Parents can help by making sure that children pla...
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February
12,
2018
| 09:01 PM America/Chicago
Former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel has gone public with his recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder in hopes of explaining his behavior that helped him lose his job as an NFL quarterback. “At the end of the day, I can’t help that m...
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2017
December
21,
2017
| 04:49 PM America/Chicago
The holidays are a magical time for children. But what happens when your kids stop believing in the magic, especially in the jolly old man in the red suit? Lena Zettler, MA, LPA, director of Psychology at Cook Children’s Medical Center, said that ...
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October
20,
2017
| 09:28 PM America/Chicago
As has been shown in the Cook Children’s NICU, skin-to-skin contact helps preemies thrive and develop. However, that need for touch and interaction doesn’t end when we move past infancy or even toddlerhood. The need for closeness, kindness and tou...
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October
10,
2017
| 05:47 PM America/Chicago
Lisa Elliott, a licensed psychologist and clinic manager of Cook Children’s Psychology Department in Denton, has heard multiple reasons/explanations/excuses from parents as to why they have not sought mental health help for their child. Some of the m...
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October
06,
2017
| 05:49 PM America/Chicago
We mustache you a question. Do you think developing your child's sense of humor is important? It is. Lettuce explain. We've all been told laughter is the best medicine, but have we really considered the social, emotional and health benefits ...
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September
20,
2017
| 05:38 PM America/Chicago
Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of dath for 5-14-year-olds. Lisa Elliott, a licensed psychologist and clinic manager of Cook Children’s Behavioral Health in Denton, says some chi...
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June
06,
2017
| 05:16 PM America/Chicago
On the top floor of the brand new South Tower building at Cook Children’s Medical Center sits a facility most people will never see. The doors are locked from inside and out. The only access granted comes with the swipe of a badge. This is the Rees-J...
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January
10,
2017
| 04:46 PM America/Chicago
When children are very young, they may have difficulty eating for a number of reasons. Chewing and swallowing may be hard or painful. Certain foods may feel weird in their mouth; too slimy or too dry and crumbly for example. Other children have reflu...
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2016
November
16,
2016
| 11:27 PM America/Chicago
Thanksgiving should be a time for families to come together and be thankful. After all, it’s the reason for the holiday, right? But too many Thanksgivings end up with huge fights or arguments in front of the kids. The past few months have been esp...
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November
02,
2016
| 04:05 PM America/Chicago
Stay at home moms report feeling guilty because they are not contributing to the family’s income, while working moms feel guilty because they are not at home with their children. Both can be a self-destructive losing battle. Guilt is a negative...
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September
26,
2016
| 04:46 PM America/Chicago
It’s hard for most children to sit still even for a little while. But how do you tell the difference between normal and hyperactivity? Furthermore, parents may wonder, “If my child is hyperactive, does that also mean that he or she has Attention-Defi...
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May
12,
2016
| 10:36 PM America/Chicago
From prom to end of school celebrations, it’s party time. It may also be the time to talk to your kids about binge drinking. A study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse reports that about one in five underage people un...
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May
11,
2016
| 10:18 PM America/Chicago
The days of the schoolyard tough guy taking your lunch money may seem old-fashioned compared to the complex and often non-stop form of bullying that kids have to deal with today. A report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, E...
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April
07,
2016
| 08:42 PM America/Chicago
Studies show that smartphones are making us not as smart on the road. In 2015, 463 people wre killed in distracted driving crashes in Texas and 3,000 more were seriously hurt A study by AT&T states that nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users look at ...
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2015
December
28,
2015
| 09:29 PM America/Chicago
One day after Christmas, the tragic news of deadly tornadoes ripping through North Texas overtook the airwaves and overwhelmed many of us with grief. Eleven people died, including one young child. Maybe, someone you know was affected by the sto...
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December
10,
2015
| 06:02 PM America/Chicago
For those of you out there who disagree with using medicine for ADHD or believe that ADHD is a made-up disease, save your comments. I am usually very open minded to people who disagree with me on various topics, but this is an issue I feel have to pr...
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September
29,
2015
| 03:09 PM America/Chicago
A study published in Pediatrics shows an increase of kids in the U.S. going to the ER for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, such as cutting. From 2009 to 2012, self-injuries increased from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent of all visits. While the in...
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September
15,
2015
| 05:24 PM America/Chicago
The thought that your graying mom or dad might no longer be with you someday is unbearable for most adults. But recently, a mom wrote in for help, looking for advice to help her with a heartbreaking problem. Her husband is dying and she wanted to ...
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August
05,
2015
| 06:17 PM America/Chicago
Nearly all children dabble in picky eating. But, severely picky eaters take food selectivity to a different level. Severe selective eating is a disorder that prevents the consumption of certain foods or food groups and is associated with complete int...
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March
09,
2015
| 09:27 PM America/Chicago
Many parents have been caught off-guard by their child using an expletive. While you may be shocked, your reaction to the word can be one of the biggest influences on the situation occurring in the future, making it important to think before you reac...
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2014
September
26,
2014
| 09:38 PM America/Chicago
Parenting is tricky stuff. Just look at the enormous collection of materials in the "Parenting and Family" section at your local bookstore or online. Blended families face additional challenges (they even have their own section of shelves). How can t...
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August
12,
2014
| 05:28 PM America/Chicago
We talked to Joy Crabtree, a licensed psychologist with Cook Children's, about suicide and children. She discusses the warning signs and how to discuss this topic with your child after a suicide occurs in your community. We hope you find it helpful. ...
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May
06,
2014
| 07:22 PM America/Chicago
Every child’s greatest advocate should be the parent. After all no one knows your child, better than you. So as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9), I thought I would offer some tips for talking to your child’s teacher and hopefully maki...
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April
09,
2014
| 06:02 PM America/Chicago
Another tragedy occurred at a school, this time near Pittsburgh, when 20 people were victim to a stabbing rampage. The suspected attacker is allegedly a student at the school, who police say is in custody.  The frightening footage of this type of vio...
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January
14,
2014
| 03:04 PM America/Chicago
Are you ready for some football?  Or should I say fútbol? Or futebol?Maybe, you prefer soccer.Maybe you don’t prefer it all, but you probably won’t be able to avoid it. Especially after the U.S. men’s team early success.Regardless of how you pronounc...
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