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Signs and Risk Factors for Depression in Teenagers

February 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

depressed teenDepression can affect anyone at any age, from infants to senior citizens and everyone in between. Adolescence is a time when there is added risk for developing depression because of the physiological changes that are happening in the brains and bodies of teens.

It is especially important to know the signs of depression in adolescents because they are also at high risk for attempting suicide. More →

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South Asian Parents: When Teen Mood Swings Are a Problem

February 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

First generation American born South Asian teens and their parents face a unique set of challenges that many other cultures don’t face. The parents were raised in a culture, society and educational system that is entirely different than the one their teen is being raised in. Despite trying to maintain South Asian traditions at home, the teen is exposed to numerous other American influences through school, peers and extracurricular activities.

imageMany South Asian parents complain that their teen exhibits an attitude or mood swings that the parents wish to change. More →

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South Asian Parents: 3 Unexpected Tips To Be Better Parents

February 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

parentingMany South Asian parents have no problem being involved in their child’s life. From the first day the baby is born and for the rest of its life, a majority of South Asian parents find themselves focused on their child’s needs, ready to sacrifice anything for the child’s well-being. When asked what they wish for their children, most South Asian parents will say they wish for happiness, health and wellbeing.

Here are some tips that many South Asians don’t realize will help them be even better parents to their children: More →

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Want to Lose Weight? Reduce the Stress

February 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

imageWhen you are under stress, your focus is primarily on getting through the stressful event. What tends to fall to the wayside are healthy living strategies like exercising and eating well and you may notice an increase in weight during the most stressful times of your life. For people experiencing chronic stress, this weight gain can become long term and put them at risk for becoming obese. Here are the numerous ways that stress causes you to gain weight: More →

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South Asian Emotion: The Truth About Laughter

February 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

laughingWhether it’s a boisterous laugh that comes from the belly or a quiet laugh interspersed with snorting, when we laugh we instantly feel good and we want to do it again. What we don’t think about is what is happening to our minds and bodies as we giggle, chuckle or roar out in laughter when something funny happens.

What is Laughter?

The definition of laughter is that it is a physiological response to humor. When we laugh, we are using at least 15 facial muscles to contort our face and make a sound. More →

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Attributional Styles: Are You At Risk for Depression?

February 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

imageTwo college students both received exceptional grades on a difficult project. One of them responded by saying, “I worked so hard on that project! I know if I had to do it again and I studied just as hard, I would do just as well the next time.”  The other said, “My professor must have been in a good mood when he saw my project. If I did it again, who knows how high my grade would be.”

Each of the their responses hold clues into how they generally perceive their world and their risk for developing depression and other mental health issues. More →

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Common Causes for Anger Management Issues

February 6, 2012 · 5 Comments

imageAnger is an emotion that children learn to feel within a few months of being born. The emotion itself is a healthy and natural expression of certain experiences. Anger becomes a problem when it becomes out of control and when it hurts people emotionally or even physically.

People mistakenly believe that anger can be managed by trying harder to control yourself. More →

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Attention Problems May Not Be Due to ADHD

November 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

adhd childAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (also known as ADHD and previously known as ADD) is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in youth to date, affecting about 6-8% of children and teens worldwide, including South Asians. With proper treatment, people living with ADHD can live a full, happy, healthy and successful life with minimal life impairment.

In recent years, however, ADHD has not been always diagnosed properly and has become the scapegoat diagnosis for any child who is difficult to manage. More →

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Increasing Your Child or Teen’s Gratitude

November 25, 2011 · Leave a Comment

indian parents with teenIn a fast paced world of smart phones, iPads and social media, children and teens become used to having anything they desire at their finger tips. This has created a culture of demand and high expectations that their wants will be met. Many South Asian parents struggle with how to teach their children humility and thankfulness in the midst of a world that is demanding instant gratification. More →

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Top 9 Causes of Low Self-Esteem in South Asians

November 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

Self-EsteemLow self-esteem is the inability to have confidence in your own skills, achievements or personal qualities. It is different from modesty or humility in that people who are modest recognize their talents but are careful not to brag about them. People with low self-esteem tend to not even recognize their positive attributes.

Children, teens, men and women can all experience low self-esteem. More →

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