Being Bullied Tied to Anxiety, Depression in Special-Needs Kids
by American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, April 29, 2012
More than chronic conditions themselves, maltreatment by peers added to mental distress in small study.
SUNDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) — Special-needs youth with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities are at risk for anxiety and depression if they’re excluded, ignored or bullied by other young people, a new small study says.
It included 109 youngsters, ages 8 to 17, who were recruited during routine visits to a U.S. children’s hospital. The patients and their parents completed questionnaires that screen for symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the youngsters also completed a questionnaire that asked them about bullying or exclusion by their peers.
The patients in the study had one or more conditions such as: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (39 percent); cystic fibrosis (22 percent); type 1 or 2 diabetes (19 percent); sickle cell disease (11 percent); obesity (11 percent); learning disability (11 percent); autism (9 percent); and short stature (6 percent).
Making the Most of College Visits
by Margie Hatch, NCWD Youth, Posted on April 16, 2012
Posted on April 16, 2012 by NCWD Youth
Today’s blog provides guidance to youth about visiting colleges and other postsecondary institutions to help make informed decisions.
For many of you, spring break is your chance to sleep in, hang out with friends, or take a vacation with your family; however, for juniors just starting their college search and for seniors making their final selection, spring is the prime time for visiting college campuses. As exciting as it is to dream of your new life after high school, college planning can be time consuming and stressful. Choosing the right college is an important decision and takes a lot of prep work.
By now you may have read your fair share of the college brochures and view books that flood your mailbox. After these first impressions you may be thinking, “School A has the most beautiful campus and, wow, how great would it be to attend School B (I’m the biggest fan of their basketball team!), and School C is a top ranked schools on the U.S. News & World Report – how do I choose?”
Disabilities: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Sue Sun Yom, MA, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Neither numbers nor definitions come easily when considering disabilities. Although 35 to 49 million Americans are formally classified as disabled,1 many more disabilities may be unreported or undiagnosed. Disabilities differ in kind and degree of functional impairment and in the role they play in shaping a person’s identity.
In this issue we explore how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) has affected medical education and medical practice, since the ADA’s major provisions were implemented 5 years ago.2 Additionally, we were curious to learn about the experiences of individuals living with a disability. In our authors’ candid accounts we saw their focus on adaptation and success rather than failure, and their development of insights and compensations that may bring a special compassion to the profession.