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We asked what people would tell their younger selves about their mental health or learning disorder. #MyYoungerSelf
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We had a great time in California with our West Coast friends, board members, host committee and @therealaliwentworth for our Los Angeles Luncheon!

We had a great time in California with our West Coast friends, board members, host committee and @therealaliwentworth for our Los Angeles Luncheon! - 5 days ago

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Dear Brooke and Debra,
You inspire us to #EmbraceAmbition because you began our crusade to change the way the world understands and talks about children’s mental health.

Dear Brooke and Debra, You inspire us to #EmbraceAmbition because you began our crusade to change the way the world understands and talks about children’s mental health. - 10 days ago

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If Nicole could talk to her younger self, she’d say “All the anxiety you felt was real, it is real, and I'm sorry you felt you had to struggle with it alone. Others feel it too and it's okay to talk about the ways it affected you, you weren't "crazy" or alone.”
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If Nicole could talk to her younger self, she’d say “All the anxiety you felt was real, it is real, and I'm sorry you felt you had to struggle with it alone. Others feel it too and it's okay to talk about the ways it affected you, you weren't "crazy" or alone.” • 📸 by @AndrewDearling - 17 days ago

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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 - 24 days ago

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#internationaldayofhappiness

#internationaldayofhappiness - 1 month ago

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A huge thank you and congratulations to all of the runners who completed the #UnitedNYCHalf, in aid of the Child Mind Institute. 
It’s not too late to donate to their fundraising page.

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/child-mind-institute-nyc-half-2018

A huge thank you and congratulations to all of the runners who completed the #UnitedNYCHalf , in aid of the Child Mind Institute. It’s not too late to donate to their fundraising page. https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/child-mind-institute-nyc-half-2018 - 1 month ago

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Sleep is essential, but many of us, kids and adults alike, don’t get enough of it. One of the best ways to get back on track is through better sleep hygiene. This means establishing habits that promote a good night’s sleep, like setting a routine.
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#WorldSleepDay.

Sleep is essential, but many of us, kids and adults alike, don’t get enough of it. One of the best ways to get back on track is through better sleep hygiene. This means establishing habits that promote a good night’s sleep, like setting a routine. • #WorldSleepDay . - 1 month ago

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"Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any distinction. We would never tell someone with a broken leg that they should stop wallowing and get it together. We don’t consider taking medication for an ear infection something to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently. Instead, we should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of strength — and we should ensure that people can get the treatment they need." -@michelleobama

"Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any distinction. We would never tell someone with a broken leg that they should stop wallowing and get it together. We don’t consider taking medication for an ear infection something to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently. Instead, we should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of strength — and we should ensure that people can get the treatment they need." -@michelleobama - 1 month ago

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Well said @kristenanniebell!

Well said @kristenanniebell ! - 2 months ago

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He goes on to call for therapists to be a part of school life for children. 
What are your thoughts?

He goes on to call for therapists to be a part of school life for children. What are your thoughts? - 2 months ago

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I grew up as a kid with an undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder and experienced many challenges with the social scene and with my peers. As a result, I struggled with anxiety and depression during my high school years.
I would tell my younger self that it's ok to be and feel different from most of your peers. The differences in the way you think and tackle life may be a challenge for you right now, but in the long run will be the very thing that make you successful in your chosen passion or career. There will be a lot of people who don't understand you, but when you find those that do, cherish them and let them help you to grow into the person you need to be.
@savannaharistea
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For articles and resources about Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety or Depression, visit childmind.org
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📸 by @andrewdearling

I grew up as a kid with an undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder and experienced many challenges with the social scene and with my peers. As a result, I struggled with anxiety and depression during my high school years. I would tell my younger self that it's ok to be and feel different from most of your peers. The differences in the way you think and tackle life may be a challenge for you right now, but in the long run will be the very thing that make you successful in your chosen passion or career. There will be a lot of people who don't understand you, but when you find those that do, cherish them and let them help you to grow into the person you need to be. @savannaharistea ~ For articles and resources about Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety or Depression, visit childmind.org ~ 📸 by @andrewdearling - 2 months ago

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“Numbers do not create happiness. Relationships do. It’s not about how many ‘likes’ you have or how many friends you have, it’s more about the quality of those relationships. One great friend will outweigh a million superficial relationships.”
- @LindseyStirling, who has struggled with anorexia.
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Join Lindsey for a conversation that will be helpful to adolescents, parents & educators about eating disorders & recovery, Wednesday February 28th, 3:30pm ET at childmimd.org/live.
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#eatingdisorder #eatingdisorderrecovery #prorecovery #nedawareness #nationaleatingdisorderweek #nationaleatingdisorderawareness #nationaleatingdisorderawarenessweek #bodyimage #bodyimageawareness #bodyimageissues #bodyimagemovement #nedawarenessweek

“Numbers do not create happiness. Relationships do. It’s not about how many ‘likes’ you have or how many friends you have, it’s more about the quality of those relationships. One great friend will outweigh a million superficial relationships.” - @LindseyStirling , who has struggled with anorexia. • Join Lindsey for a conversation that will be helpful to adolescents, parents & educators about eating disorders & recovery, Wednesday February 28th, 3:30pm ET at childmimd.org/live. • #eatingdisorder #eatingdisorderrecovery #prorecovery #nedawareness #nationaleatingdisorderweek #nationaleatingdisorderawareness #nationaleatingdisorderawarenessweek #bodyimage #bodyimageawareness #bodyimageissues #bodyimagemovement #nedawarenessweek - 2 months ago

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“If you're like me, sometimes you feel totally isolated and alone, almost like you're from a different planet. You feel like no one "gets" you, or what you're going through (and sometimes, like no one possibly could). You feel like a weirdo, and like you don't belong anywhere. The fact is that one of the best things about you is that you live well in the "weird". You have the power to embrace that - don't run from it or resist it! Don't give in to pressure to conform or be perfect - be totally, unapologetically you. It can make you feel disconnected sometimes, but that's temporary - you'll always be changing, growing, learning, and adapting - and eventually you will find not only that you are more than enough on your own, but that there are people more like you than you think. That dark place doesn't go on forever. You can find a little light in every day. You belong here and you are wonderful.” -Kristen (@sexylikemeiosis) talking about depression.
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📸  @andrewdearling

“If you're like me, sometimes you feel totally isolated and alone, almost like you're from a different planet. You feel like no one "gets" you, or what you're going through (and sometimes, like no one possibly could). You feel like a weirdo, and like you don't belong anywhere. The fact is that one of the best things about you is that you live well in the "weird". You have the power to embrace that - don't run from it or resist it! Don't give in to pressure to conform or be perfect - be totally, unapologetically you. It can make you feel disconnected sometimes, but that's temporary - you'll always be changing, growing, learning, and adapting - and eventually you will find not only that you are more than enough on your own, but that there are people more like you than you think. That dark place doesn't go on forever. You can find a little light in every day. You belong here and you are wonderful.” -Kristen (@sexylikemeiosis ) talking about depression. • 📸 @andrewdearling - 2 months ago

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How do you help your children embrace mistakes?

How do you help your children embrace mistakes? - 2 months ago

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What are your tips for guiding children with the internet and social media?
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 Here we provide advice by Dr. Anderson from the Child Mind Institute about children and social media. --
Visit childmind.org to learn more.

What are your tips for guiding children with the internet and social media? — Here we provide advice by Dr. Anderson from the Child Mind Institute about children and social media. -- Visit childmind.org to learn more. - 2 months ago

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What are your tips for building a child's self-esteem?
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Here we provide advice, from Dr. Carothers from the Child Mind Institute, on building and maintaining self-esteem. 
Visit childmind.org to learn more.

What are your tips for building a child's self-esteem? -- Here we provide advice, from Dr. Carothers from the Child Mind Institute, on building and maintaining self-esteem. Visit childmind.org to learn more. - 2 months ago

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If your child talks up a storm at home but doesn’t say a word at school, she may have an anxiety disorder called selective mutism.  It is different from shyness and the inability to speak that comes with SM is not the same as (but can co-occur with) the severe discomfort of social anxiety disorder.
-- To learn more about Selective Mutism, visit childmind.org

If your child talks up a storm at home but doesn’t say a word at school, she may have an anxiety disorder called selective mutism. It is different from shyness and the inability to speak that comes with SM is not the same as (but can co-occur with) the severe discomfort of social anxiety disorder. -- To learn more about Selective Mutism, visit childmind.org - 2 months ago

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If a child has #SelectiveMutism they can be freely verbal and even gregarious at home, but completely or mostly nonverbal at school or around strangers. They are seeming “paralyzed” with fear, or “shut down” when unable to speak
Some use gestures, facial expressions, and nodding to get by; others have difficulty communicating even nonverbally.
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Visit childmind.org to learn more about selective mutism.

If a child has #SelectiveMutism they can be freely verbal and even gregarious at home, but completely or mostly nonverbal at school or around strangers. They are seeming “paralyzed” with fear, or “shut down” when unable to speak Some use gestures, facial expressions, and nodding to get by; others have difficulty communicating even nonverbally. -- Visit childmind.org to learn more about selective mutism. - 3 months ago

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