Bullies Nearly Twice As Likely To Have Mental Health Disorder

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Researchers at Brown University analyzed survey responses from parents of nearly 64,000 children ages 6 to 17 who were identified as having a mental health disorder, and those who were identified as bullies. An estimated 15 percent of U.S. children in 2007 were identified as bullies by a parent or guardian, according to the responses, which were part of the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. Those who were considered the bullies were more than twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. They were also six times more likely to be diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder , characterized by ongoing episodes of anger and hostility, especially toward authority figures, such as parents, teachers or other adults. “This study gives us a better understanding of the risk profiles of bullies,” said Dr. Stefani Hines, director at the center for human development at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. Hines was not involved in the study, which was presented Monday at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in New Orleans.
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3 Facts Families Should Know About Eating Disorders

It Often Takes a Family Member or Friend to Get Treatment Started Tweeters stressed that denial is common in eating disorders. Patients fail to recognize the seriousness of low weight and do not always seek treatment on their own. It took my fourth hospitalization for me to accept that I had an eating disorder, tweeted Julia Kranz, a patient in recovery from anorexia. My family were the ones to notice and get me help and they continue to be involved in my recovery. Many patients in recovery tweeted stories of family members and friends who recognized the symptoms of an eating disorder and intervened. Warning signs discussed in the chat highlighted odd behaviors and rituals surrounding food, rather than weight loss. The person will start to have an intense preoccupation with food or their body, tweeted CRC Health. Bulik discussed the inward signs of hating your body, anxiety, depression, and fear, as well as the outward signs of eating small meals in public and avoiding family meals.
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Most Common Mental Health Disorders

Unipolar disorders include major depressive disorder (MDD) and dysthymic disorder. Both involve low mood, decreased interest in activities, sleep disturbances and a lowered sense of self-worth. These symptoms are more severe yet shorter-lasting in MDD than dysthymic disorder. Healthy People 2010 notes that in developed nations, major depression causes the greatest disability in the society. Bipolar disorder involves periods of depression alternating with episodes of mania, which includes sleeping less, talking more, having racing thoughts and showing poor judgment. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Another common mental disorder is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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