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We asked what people would tell their younger selves about their mental health or learning disorder.
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I experience heavy depression mainly anxiety and panic attacks. If I could talk to my younger self I’d tell her “people are going to call you crazy, but depression is not craziness, it’s a sickness that can be treated if one is aware of it. Do not keep anything bottled inside because it piles up to anxiety when you grow older. Do not ignore any signs of depression but if you feel anything that affects your emotions and how you see yourself, do speak to someone before you grow up as an emotional wreck.” - @just.illustrat

I experience heavy depression mainly anxiety and panic attacks. If I could talk to my younger self I’d tell her “people are going to call you crazy, but depression is not craziness, it’s a sickness that can be treated if one is aware of it. Do not keep anything bottled inside because it piles up to anxiety when you grow older. Do not ignore any signs of depression but if you feel anything that affects your emotions and how you see yourself, do speak to someone before you grow up as an emotional wreck.” - @just.illustrat - 10 days ago

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“Anxiety and depression occur in both genders, but by the teenage years, girls are much more at risk than boys. Before puberty, the prevalence of mood disorders is about the same in boys and girls—3 to 5 percent. But by mid-adolescence girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder as boys, with the prevalence at adult levels, 14 to 20 percent.”
- an extract from our article ‘Mood Disorders and Teenage Girls’ from childmind.org

“Anxiety and depression occur in both genders, but by the teenage years, girls are much more at risk than boys. Before puberty, the prevalence of mood disorders is about the same in boys and girls—3 to 5 percent. But by mid-adolescence girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder as boys, with the prevalence at adult levels, 14 to 20 percent.” - an extract from our article ‘Mood Disorders and Teenage Girls’ from childmind.org - 15 days ago

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“Playing music increases cortical thickness - associated with brain health - not only in motor areas, but also in areas associated with behavior regulation, executive function, and emotional control.”

“Playing music increases cortical thickness - associated with brain health - not only in motor areas, but also in areas associated with behavior regulation, executive function, and emotional control.” - 16 days ago

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"Dr. Hoza and her colleagues found that for kids between kindergarten and second grade, as little as a half hour a day of moderate to vigorous exercise had a positive, measurable impact on their focus and mood." - Extract of our article 'ADHD and Exercise' - find it on childmind.org

"Dr. Hoza and her colleagues found that for kids between kindergarten and second grade, as little as a half hour a day of moderate to vigorous exercise had a positive, measurable impact on their focus and mood." - Extract of our article 'ADHD and Exercise' - find it on childmind.org - 17 days ago

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For more information search “anxiety” on childmind.org

For more information search “anxiety” on childmind.org - 1 month ago

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As wildfires continue to rage in LA and schools are shuttered, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. We offer a guide for helping children handle disturbing news in the healthiest possible way on our website; search 'trauma guide' on childmind.org.

As wildfires continue to rage in LA and schools are shuttered, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. We offer a guide for helping children handle disturbing news in the healthiest possible way on our website; search 'trauma guide' on childmind.org. - 2 months ago

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From dogs to horses, therapists are using animals in new ways to calm, motivate and teach kids with developmental and psychiatric issues. Sometimes when you teach the dogs, you teach yourself.

Read more: Search 'Animals' on childmind.org.

From dogs to horses, therapists are using animals in new ways to calm, motivate and teach kids with developmental and psychiatric issues. Sometimes when you teach the dogs, you teach yourself. Read more: Search 'Animals' on childmind.org. - 2 months ago

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Post a selfie with an @ALEXANDANI Little Brown Bear bangle with a message about why children’s mental health matters to you, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a limited edition 2017 @Bloomingdales gift card and Little Brown Bear
Tag @childmindinstitute , @alexandani and @bloomingdales; contest rules here: https://childmind.org/alex-ani-contest-rules

Post a selfie with an @ALEXANDANI Little Brown Bear bangle with a message about why children’s mental health matters to you, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a limited edition 2017 @Bloomingdales gift card and Little Brown Bear Tag @childmindinstitute , @alexandani and @bloomingdales ; contest rules here: https://childmind.org/alex-ani-contest-rules - 2 months ago

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Our President with @zendaya at @bloomingdales NYC, along with a clown from @greatestshowman and @bloomingdales CEO Tony Spring! #bloomingdales #greatestshowman #zendaya

Our President with @zendaya at @bloomingdales NYC, along with a clown from @greatestshowman and @bloomingdales CEO Tony Spring! #bloomingdales #greatestshowman #zendaya - 2 months ago

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Learn more by visiting childmind.org and searching 'defiant' and 'anxiety'. •
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#Anxiety #AnxietyQuotes # Anxietymemes #anxietyattack #anxietyattach #anxietyhelp #anxietyaid #anxietycentral #parenting #parentingquotes #parentingskills #parentinglife #childmindinstitute

Learn more by visiting childmind.org and searching 'defiant' and 'anxiety'. • • • • • #Anxiety #AnxietyQuotes # Anxietymemes #anxietyattack #anxietyattach #anxietyhelp #anxietyaid #anxietycentral #parenting #parentingquotes #parentingskills #parentinglife #childmindinstitute - 2 months ago

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Child Mind Institute Summit with @hillaryclinton

Child Mind Institute Summit with @hillaryclinton - 2 months ago

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"I grew up in a household where my family never talked about mental health issues. I had an aunt who died by suicide and was told that "anxiety" or "nerves" are something I just need to get over - learning that it's okay to talk about these things with others, because I didn’t feel comfortable to at home, was good. I'm thankful for a community of others who talk openly about their mental health disorders, making me feel confident in sharing my own and feeling more comfortable to seek the right kind of help."

"I grew up in a household where my family never talked about mental health issues. I had an aunt who died by suicide and was told that "anxiety" or "nerves" are something I just need to get over - learning that it's okay to talk about these things with others, because I didn’t feel comfortable to at home, was good. I'm thankful for a community of others who talk openly about their mental health disorders, making me feel confident in sharing my own and feeling more comfortable to seek the right kind of help." - 3 months ago

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Meet Sam who has struggled with an eating disorder. On getting treatment, Sam says “Life is so much better after treatment. You learn skills about how to handle your triggers in a healthy way. You learn how to function again. You learn that you are not alone in this struggle and so many people are out there to help you. I learned so much that I would not change my three months in the hospital for my eating disorder, anxiety and depression. It taught me skills that help me with my disorders in a health way. I learned that I am so much more than a person suffering from mental health disorders.”
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Meet Sam who has struggled with an eating disorder. On getting treatment, Sam says “Life is so much better after treatment. You learn skills about how to handle your triggers in a healthy way. You learn how to function again. You learn that you are not alone in this struggle and so many people are out there to help you. I learned so much that I would not change my three months in the hospital for my eating disorder, anxiety and depression. It taught me skills that help me with my disorders in a health way. I learned that I am so much more than a person suffering from mental health disorders.” 📸 by @images.by.ric - 3 months ago

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Meet Dakota who has struggled with depression and anxiety. 
Her message to her younger self would be to "ignore the stigma associated with mental illness and ignore the “friends” who subscribe to it. Surround yourself with people who support you for seeking help and treatment. What you’re going through doesn’t make you weaker- it makes you a hell of a lot stronger."
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Meet Dakota who has struggled with depression and anxiety. Her message to her younger self would be to "ignore the stigma associated with mental illness and ignore the “friends” who subscribe to it. Surround yourself with people who support you for seeking help and treatment. What you’re going through doesn’t make you weaker- it makes you a hell of a lot stronger." • Photo by @andrewdearling - 4 months ago

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“I'd tell #MyYoungerSelf that caring for my mental health does not equate to something being "wrong" with me. I'd encourage myself to reach out for support instead of trying to handle every emotion alone... I'd share the wisdom that sometimes, the best support can come from a total 
stranger, like a therapist... and 
there's no shame in that.” - @justdavia/ @redefineenough

“I'd tell #MyYoungerSelf that caring for my mental health does not equate to something being "wrong" with me. I'd encourage myself to reach out for support instead of trying to handle every emotion alone... I'd share the wisdom that sometimes, the best support can come from a total stranger, like a therapist... and there's no shame in that.” - @justdavia / @redefineenough - 5 months ago

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This is Jeffery (@jeffreyphillipjp). He has struggled with anxiety and if he could talk to his younger self, he would "would encourage him not be so hard on himself. To have confidence and faith in his feelings and who he is. To know he is not alone and that the sensitivities and fears he has, as well as the mental hurdles he must jump over, are not weaknesses. Those peaks and valleys he may feel are not always so big — no valley is too deep and no peak is too high. He will always rise to the top. Things do get better.”

This is Jeffery (@jeffreyphillipjp ). He has struggled with anxiety and if he could talk to his younger self, he would "would encourage him not be so hard on himself. To have confidence and faith in his feelings and who he is. To know he is not alone and that the sensitivities and fears he has, as well as the mental hurdles he must jump over, are not weaknesses. Those peaks and valleys he may feel are not always so big — no valley is too deep and no peak is too high. He will always rise to the top. Things do get better.” - 5 months ago

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