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  • When a child or teenager presents with disruptive or aggressive behaviors they are often labeled with terms such as “oppositional, defiant, stubborn or lazy.” This can be done by caregivers who are understandably frustrated, exhausted and at times emotionally hurt by the child’s behavior. ...

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  • Most of us think of childhood as a safe, peaceful and happy time in a person's life. During this time, children usually learn they are loved while their needs are being met in secure and consistent ways. Children come to understand that they belong to their families and their families belong to them. During the first few years of life, this attachment bond is formed with the parent or primary caregiver and will impact the child in many ways....

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  • The Strong Minds and Happy Hearts program educates parents, provides healthcare resources and helps start the conversation about children’s mental and emotional wellness. Please join us at Highlands High School for the next Strong Minds and Happy Hearts event on Wednesday, February 8th. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Read more to learn how you can register. ...

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  • The "No Letting Go" Screening at Santikos Palladium is SOLD OUT. We are sorry for the inconvenience. However, we would like to offer two ways you can still experience this amazing film:...

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  • The holiday season can be a special time for families to come together and celebrate the new year, but these times can also be difficult and can bring feelings such as sadness, grief, stress and anger. The following considerations can help parents be better prepared for this holiday season. ...

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  • Bullying is a common topic discussed by parents, teachers and mental health professionals. Most everyone, including children and teens, agree that bullying is a problem that should be prevented as there are tragic, even fatal, consequences to bullying...

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  • October is a month that is set aside for “mental health screening” in order to remind us that being aware of mental health is an important part of caring for ourselves and our children. Most often, the focus of mental health screening is identifying mental health conditions and symptoms...

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  • Suicide. It can be a scary and upsetting topic, and for some of us it is hard to talk about. The reality is that many people, at some point in their life, at least consider what the world would be like without them. Stress, uncontrollable life circumstances, and many mental health conditions can contribute to a person contemplating ending their life...

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  • Mental health professionals will commonly refer to a “honeymoon” period when referring to transitions. Often this means that a family or person who is in transition will be happier, seem to do much better, and have fewer problems than occurred prior to the transition....

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  • Every year families prepare for “back to school.” This often brings supply shopping, school clothes deliberations, anticipation of making or reuniting with friends, semi-shock at how “old” our children are, and curiosity about what teachers children may have or classroom they may end up in. “Back to school” can also bring about complex feelings for everyone in the family...

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  • It’s pretty easy to know when it’s time to take your child to the hospital over a physical concern. When it comes to mental, behavioral or emotional issues, the issue of hospitalization may not be so simple or clear cut. ...

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  • When a parent learns that their child has been diagnosed with a mental illness, they may be inclined to place the blame on their own parenting skills. The truth is that the cause of a child’s mental illness is greatly influenced by a number of things, especially the child’s genetic makeup and biological predispositions. However, parenting and a child’s environment make a critical difference....

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  • When a death is tragic and unexpected, like the loss of a child or adolescent, the grieving process can be quite different and more difficult. Whether they passed away due to a sudden illness, car accident or a death by suicide, the journey to healing is often a much longer one....

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  • With one out of every four children in the United States experiencing some form of bullying, our community needs answers. Bullying can be interpreted differently during different stages of life. With the help of Dr. Joshua Essery of the Clarity Child Guidance Center, we're able to break down the stages of bullying and identify ways to help prevent further emotional damage....

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  • Everyone has an off day now and again. All of us experience moments in time when we’re feeling sad, angry, impulsive or even out-of-control – this is simply part of the human condition....

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  • If you have a child with ADHD, it may feel like you should get a gold sticker (or two!) just for getting your kids up, dressed, fed and out the door in the morning....

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  • While it isn’t common knowledge that Clarity Child Guidance Center (CGC) has been serving San Antonio families in a variety of ways for almost 130 years, it’s a fact in which we take great pride....

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