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How may school stress or other stress affect a child's performance at school?

How may school stress or other stress affect a child's performance at school?

A lot.: Kids seem to be over "busy" with activities, school work and sports that fill all their days and waking hours. Keep in mind children need time to "unwind" just like adults and that sometimes they need time to do, well nothing or just have unstructured play time. Talk to your child to see what is bothering her. Revisit the activities and see what you need to do to decrease stress and improve school. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

Incredibly helpful: Any physical activity is helpful for a healthy lifestyle. Sporting activities aren't for every child but many children find them more fun than other forms of exercise. If you can find free sporting activities then please take advantage of them. What children eat and drink are also critical, but exercise is a huge part of a healthy weight. ...Read more

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I enjoy taking care of little kids will that relief anxiety and stress?

I enjoy taking care of little kids will that relief anxiety and stress?

Possibly: Doing what we enjoy ; what gives our life meaning can contribute to our wellness. Just remember that at times - caring for children can also be stressful. Take care. ...Read more

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From every day stresses of life, work, home, & school, what are some things you do to relieve stress and relax?

From every day stresses of life, work, home, & school, what are some things you do to relieve stress and relax?

Exercise: Stress creates tension. You can relieve tension and stress with exercise. It clears the mind, invigorates the body and loosens the muscles. Yoga is a good way to do this. Seek someone to share your stresses with and see if that helps as well. Introspection helps. ...Read more

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What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

No bad ones: Any activity that encourages the child to move, use his/her imagination and laugh is beneficial to his/her health.Exercise has been approved by the aap as adjunct therapy for adhd.Get a proper assessment by a knowledgeable professional, provide proper guidance, discuss meds and other options with your doctor.Avoid fads and unsupported treatments that could possibly delay or worsen outcome. ...Read more

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How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder in kids after these shooting sprees?

How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder in kids after these shooting sprees?

Professional help: Ptsd is very individualized. Some people do not develop this even though others in a similar situation do. The most important component for remission is a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. I recommend a mental health professional for this. ...Read more

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Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Absolutely: More then 2 hours of screen time computer games, text, tv, etc during school year is detrimental. Sports are the best way to go for healthy mind and body, gets kids to build cardiovascular and muscle tone at crucial ages. If not into sports walk, run, bottom line is move ur body. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that playing with or caring for a dog can help relieve general, daily life stress?

Is there any evidence that playing with or caring for a dog can help relieve general, daily life stress?

Stress relief: Yes, it helps to take ones mind off his immediate problems.This is especially true in children who have chronic illnesses. ...Read more

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What are some activities for adults that improve social skills?

Therapy: Is a start. You could also check out dale carnegie courses or toastmasters in your area. ...Read more

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Beginning neuro biofeed back treatment for anxiety, excessive worry & job stress affecting performance. What is success rate for biofeedback?

Beginning neuro biofeed back treatment for anxiety, excessive worry & job stress affecting performance. What is success rate for biofeedback?

For stress managemen: t, it should be great if you can finish the course needed to allow your body, breathing to control and lower your stress and anxiety feelings. Don't stop half way. The merits are that you can control your feelings, your thoughts, your breathing & begin to use this to monitor you stress levels before they become overwhelming.Using positive focus, visualization, meditation will also help w/success. ...Read more

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Lumbar pain constantly for past 4 months after accident. Age 17. Taking pain killers and therapy. Limited activity & flexibility. Injections/surgery?

Lumbar pain constantly for past 4 months after accident. Age 17. Taking pain killers and therapy. Limited activity & flexibility. Injections/surgery?

Lumbar Pain: Being young and four month out from the accident, the next step is to get an mri. Once the etiology of the pain has been determined, then a course of action can be proposed - possible injections, surgery, or continued therapy.. ...Read more

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Can intense daily exercise and self conditioning (for example auto suggestions) removes all ADHD symptoms? I'm 34 and can't focus more than 45min.

Can intense daily exercise and self conditioning (for example auto suggestions) removes all ADHD symptoms? I'm 34 and can't focus more than 45min.

both help: But it is unlikely that it will remove all symptoms. I would recommend talking to your doctor about medication in combination with exercise and auto-suggestion treatments. ...Read more

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Are there any natural ways to provide pain relief for a two-month-old child?

Are there any natural ways to provide pain relief for a two-month-old child?

Depends: Depends upon the problem. More information is needed.For example, aformula intolerence causing stomachaches may respond simply to a formula change. ...Read more

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Any good medical apps i can use for anxiety relief/stress relief directly before bed?

Any good medical apps i can use for anxiety relief/stress relief directly before bed?

Anti-Anxiety App: I would recommend the anti-anxiety app you can download on your phone, also go to soundnmindz.Org and read about the app which i helped develop. I hope it allows you to live with less tension. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Any physical therapy for a microcephaly child?how there lives can be improved?any treatment for them?send me some video for physical therapy

Any physical therapy for a microcephaly child?how there lives can be improved?any treatment for them?send me some video for physical therapy

A child with a head: size < 5th%ile for age + developmental delays needs evaluations for genetic & other medical causes by a pediatric neurologist & a developmental/ /behavioral pediatrician. Your state Early Intervention Program provides PT & other needed therapies from birth-3. If 3-5, call your school district's Child Find Team for eligibility for Early Childhood Special Education. Apply for SSI & Medicaid funds. ...Read more

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My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

Anxiety/A, Phobias/P: Part of normal development. 1.Social p: fear of contact with unfamiliar people, social isolation; desire of involvement w/family, familiar peers. 2.Separation a: unrealistic, persistent worries of possible harm befalling primary caregivers, persistent avoidance of being alone, complain distress. 3.School p. 4. Generalized a disorder: worries about future events. Encourage, talk; get counselling. ...Read more

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Any medication for helping stress incontinence?

Any medication for helping stress incontinence?

Sudafed,or ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate): Can help to tighten bladder neck. Anticholinergics eg oxybutinin er, Detrol or vesicare (solifenacin) relax bladder musculature and may help. U should try kegel exercises 5x/day & squeezing ball between knees. Consider seeing uro-gynecologist or urologist. Urethral slings or bladder neck suspensions are extremely effective surgical procedures. Former is simple op operation with minimal morbidity. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could exercise overtraining (think intensive physical training for hours a day) lead to concentration or memory problems for a day or two?

Could exercise overtraining (think intensive physical training for hours a day) lead to concentration or memory problems for a day or two?

Possible, not likely: Heavy exercise may cause fatigue-related mental issues, possible difficulties in concentrating. But rest should restore your mental sharpness. Perhaps consider moderating your workout for a week and see if your memory and concentration improves. Aerobic exercise (cardio workout, treadmill, etc.) generally improves mental acuity due to improved blood flow to the brain. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress Management (Definition)

"stress" is mental, physical, or emotional tension or strain. For each of us, the experience is a little different -- and the situations that trigger it are individual also. "stress management" is the process of using tools or skills such as guided imagery/visualization, meditation, biofeedback, breathing exercises, yoga, etc to decrease or contain this ...Read more