Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mental, Emotional And Behavioral Disorders Can Be Prevented In Young People

The question to ask is how can you tell the difference between "mental disorder" and/or "acting like a dumb kid" and/or a natural maturing of cognitive functions?

No doubt acting like a dumb kid and/or having "mental, emotional and behavior disorders"can lead to very serious mental consequences and reduced chances of making good decisions in a complex world.

But is the best way to think about "either/or? " Or is the best way to think about it and/or X and/or Y and/or Z?

"ScienceDaily (July 30, 2009) — Around one in five young people in the U.S. have a current mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder. About half of all adults with mental disorders recalled that their disorders began by their mid-teens and three-quarters by their mid-20s. Early onset of mental health problems have been associated with poor outcomes such as failure to complete high school, increased risk for psychiatric and substance problems, and teen pregnancy.
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A new article by Mary E. Evans, RN, PhD, FAAN, published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing assesses the recently released government report on preventing these disorders among young people. Dr. Evans' paper concludes that using certain interventional programs in schools, communities and health care settings, risk for mental illness can be better identified and treated.

The article highlights the fact that specific risk and protective factors have been identified for many disorders.
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  1. I am confused to as why some people can confuse a kid acting "dumb" and a mentally unstable person. Most can whether you are faking or really mentally ill. I find it very interesting that immense amounts of stress can cause mental problems and it is scary that it can develop quickly and unnoticed. Luckily they are starting to make progress in schools towards seeing if these kids are unstable.

  2. I think it's because the line is actually hard to draw in a hard fast way. Sometimes the same kid can act really dumb in one situation and then really "smart" in another.

    For example, until about 10 years ago, no one was called ADHD. Today millions of kids are called ADHD. So my question is are they really ADHD or is the word used to describe lots of stuff. Same thing with dyslexia. No doubt there is a specific definition for dyslexia. But I bet lots of things that were called learning disabilities are confused with dyslexia.

    Turns out that words are very important if you want to figure out what is really going on.

  3. So what you're saying is that their might be kids still out there who have disabilities that we are not yet aware of? I mean i doubt that their are kids who act dumb to the extent that they are given medication for it.

  4. Actually one of my working hypotheses, still to be proven is exactly what you say...there are kids who act dumb- by which I mean make very decisions whose consequences hurt them or don't get them what they really want- and are given medication.

    An interesting problem would be how to gather the evidence that supports or does not support this hypothesis.

    Maybe we'll just put that aside for now until we've had a chance to do a little more research and thinking about what kind of evidence we need to get.

  5. I'm workin on it now but i cant find anything

  6. this one is going to take "systematically applied."

    A good place to start might be wikipedia. Try to search for ADHD or Attention Difecit Disorder and see if that gets you anywhere.

  7. Also try Google Search on ADHD

  8. ok wiki says this:

    i am watching a video as we speak

  9. For the next time you are on the site. Go throught the wikipedia article and find out you think are the 10 most important 2 sentence fragments. And post them here in the comments. Sort of like this:

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or AD/HD) is a neurobehavioral[1] developmental disorder.[2] [Requires registration] ADHD is defined as a “persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity—impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.

    and/or this;
    The controversies have involved clinicians, teachers, policymakers, parents and the media. Opinions regarding ADHD range from not believing it exists at all to believing there are genetic and physiological bases for the condition as well as disagreement about the use of stimulant medications in treatment.