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ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderA detailed description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), its causes, symptoms and treatments. ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood. More...
Autism
AutismThis topic center provides a comprehensive overview of causes and treatments for Autism, a brain disease characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. More...
Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Child & Adolescent Development: OverviewAn overview of child development theories from a developmental psychological point of view. Reviewed theorists include freud, kohlberg, erikson, piaget, bronfenbrennerMore...
Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty
Child & Adolescent Development: PubertyThis article provides an overview of puberty and the physical, mental, emotional and social changes that occur during this time. More...
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)This document surveys child development between the age of 2 to 7 years, a period sometimes referred to as early childhood. The document also provides parenting information specific to this age group.More...
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)This document surveys child development between the age of 0 to 2 years, a period otherwise known as infancy. The document also provides parenting information specific to this age group.More...
Child Development & Parenting: Middle (8-11)
Child Development & Parenting: Middle (8-11)This center surveys child developments occurring between ages 8 to 11 years, a period otherwise known as middle childhood. The center also provides parenting information specific to this age group.More...
Child Development & Parenting:Adolescence (12-24)
Child Development & Parenting:Adolescence (12-24)The adolescent developmental period is a lengthy period of transition spanning the ages of 12-24 years. During adolescence a metamorphous occurs as dependent children become independent adults.More...
Child Development Theory: Adolescence (12-24)
Child Development Theory: Adolescence (12-24)This document covers the period of Adolescence, which spans the ages of 12-24 years old. Because the adolescent developmental period is so lengthy (10-12 years), it is usually broken down and discussed in terms of early, middle, and late adolescence. More...
Child Development Theory: Middle Childhood (8-11)
Child Development Theory: Middle Childhood (8-11)This center describes children's physical, mental, emotional, moral, and sexual development during the middle childhood years occurring between approximately ages 8 and 11. More...
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Childhood Mental Disorders and IllnessesThe Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses topic center provides an overview of mental and emotional disorders and illnesses impacting children and their families including attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), mental retardation, autism and other pervasive development disorders, and disorders of learning, speech and communication, movement, motor function, feeding, conduct, elimination, and anxiety (such as selective mutism and separation anxiety). More...
Disabilities
DisabilitiesTo have a disability means that one has fundamental difficulty accomplishing things that others take for granted. More...
Eating Disorders
Eating DisordersThis topic center provides a comprehensive overview of the eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia & binge eating): their causes, potential treatments, and strategies for prevention. More...
Impulse Control Disorders
Impulse Control DisordersThese are a loosely grouped set of conditions that all feature behavior that is acted out in an uncontrolled/impulsive manner that often has self-destructive consequences.More...
Intellectual Disabilities
Intellectual DisabilitiesThe terms "intellectual disability" and "intellectual developmental disorder," (formerly mental retardation) are two diagnostic labels with nearly identical meanings; i.e., they each describe a set of difficulties associated with limited mental abilities such as reasoning, planning, abstract thinking, judgment, academic learning (the ability to learn in school via traditional teaching methods), and experiential learning (the ability to learn by trial and error, or by observation). More...
Internet Addiction and Media Issues
Internet Addiction and Media IssuesAs the web has become a part of mainstream life, some professionals have noted that some people using the web do so in a compulsive and out-of-control manner. This center also provides guidance on safe and appropriate use of media resources by children.More...
Learning Disorders
Learning DisordersThis center describes learning disorders that can occur in children and adults.More...
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional Defiant DisorderODD is a developmental disorder diagnosed in children who display extreme disobedient behavior. More...
Parenting
ParentingIt's normal for new parents and caregivers to feel a mixture of excitement, joy, and love along with some anxiety, fear, and a little trepidation. More...
Self Esteem
Self EsteemLow self-esteem keeps you from enjoying life, doing the things you want to do, and working toward personal goals. More...
Smoking
SmokingAn overview of smoking cessation (ways to quit smoking), considered from a behavioral medicine point of view. We describe arguments for quitting, and survey various methods and treatments which can help people quit.More...
Speech Problems
Speech ProblemsSpeech and language disorders refer to problems in communication and related areas such as oral motor function. More...
Suicide
SuicideA comprehensive overview of Suicide, addressing the nature of suicide, what to do if you are suicidal, and how to help friends or family members who are suicidal. More...
Tourettes and other Tic Disorders
Tourettes and other Tic DisordersTourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. More...


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