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As a CT Licensed Psychologist and a Senior Manager at a large non-profit, community behavioral health center, I see the toll that behavioral health and substance abuse disorders can have on children, adolescents, young adults and their families every day. These problems certainly do not discriminate to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status and are realities in our lives and communities every day. Unfortunately children suffer, daily, and in many neighborhoods and schools, alone and untreated. Why? Four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers; Of children ages 9 to 17; 21% have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment; In the United States in the year

2002, almost 4,300 young people ages 10 to 24 died by suicide; And, approximately 50% of students age 14 and older who are living with a mental illness drop out of high school. This is the highest dropout rate of any disability group. Many children and adolescents with mental illness can lead very healthy and productive lives when appropriate identification, evaluation, and treatment is accessed. “Access” is a word that appears simpler than what it truly is in reality. Individuals may go untreated for a variety of reasons or challenges, including the lack of the available services in many communities, gaps in insurance coverage, waitlists, a scarcity of trained professionals, and in some cases, a lack of effective and high quality services. In addition, an overwhelming majority of children with mental disorders fail to be identified, stigma about mental health and substance abuse persists and millions of young people in this country are left behind. When children’s mental health disorders are left untreated, problems are compound into school failure, difficulty or failure in social relationships, lack of employment and subsequent poverty in adulthood. No other illnesses harm so many children so seriously. Seem too bleak of a situation? I would argue definitely not! Early identification, evaluation and treatment are essential to recovery and resiliency. Early identification and treatment can minimize the long-term disability of mental disorders and can promote healthy and fulfilling lives for children. Moving beyond the stigma of what mental health or substance abuse conditions portray is paramount and in many instances necessary for survival for many children right here in

Connecticut. Proper education and awareness of mental health conditions is desperately needed; Educators, Physicians, family members and neighbors are important in helping parents to identify and seek out appropriate help for children. These individuals can and should make a difference for children in Connecticut. Mental Disorders in children are real and can be effectively treated. Knowing where and how to get help is important. Adults in children’s lives must take the time to notice; notice behaviors that are uncharacteristic, unusual and different for any particular child throughout the course of their daily lives. Notice children who not only are acting out with negative or law-breaking behaviors, but who are withdrawn, alone and do not seek out social relationships. Research has yielded important advances in the development of effective treatment for children and adolescents living with mental illness. Early identification and treatment prevents the loss of critical developmental years that cannot be recovered and helps youth avoid years of unnecessary suffering. Treatment also enables children and adolescents to succeed in school, to develop socially and to fully experience the developmental opportunities of childhood. If you have a question or concern, please reach out to your pediatrician or a qualified mental health professional in your area. During the month of May, Mental Health Awareness month, make a difference in a child’s life! Start the conversation of mental health and help to end the Stigma. Information and facts for this article was taken from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999.

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Summer is right around the corner, and for many that means peak “running season,” or an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether a runner’s goal is to improve his or her time, run their first 5k, or stay fit, it’s important understand how to run healthy to prevent injury. Physical therapists can advise runners on proper form, training methods, strategies for preventing injuries, proper shoe selection and work with them to develop a plan tailored to their specific needs, for successful running. Physical therapists can also evaluate, diagnose and treat runners who have sustained a running-related injury. the same area, every time you run. Last year, Move Forward Physical Therapy, a section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), published The Physical Therapist’s Guide to Healthy Running. Physical therapists are experts in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing movement in people’s lives. They can help runners improve performance, prevent and treat injuries, and stay running. Train well, race well. One common training myth the Physical Therapist’s Guide to Healthy Running addresses, is to push through pain. Runners know how to handle pain. But how do you determine what pain is normal and what is cause for alarm? Muscle soreness that eases as you run can be normal. However, pain you should be concerned about may have one or more of the following characteristics: pain that does not subside within several hours after running, pain that exceeds 3 out of 10 while running, the onset of sharp pain, pain that wakes you up at night, pain that worsens when you run, and pain that persists in

Some common conditions affecting runners include: achilles tendon injuries, groin strain, hamstring injuries iliotbial band syndrome (ITBS), knee pain, patellofemoral pain, plantar fascitis, and even stress induced urinary incontinence. A physical therapist can help determine the cause of the problem and recommend effective cross training exercises, identify when poor form may be contributing to your pain, and prescribe necessary changes in training to allow the body to repair itself. Concerned about pain while you run or just looking to stay healthy throughout the season? Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers (PTSMC), located at 1183 New Haven Road, is in partnership with the Hartford Marathon Foundation, and can help you remain pain free throughout your training! For more information visit PTSMC on the web at or call the office 203723-0722. Let their experienced

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of Snack foods can be healthy Medical professionals often warn that snack foods can be unhealthy, upsetting dieting plans and causing a person to consume more calories than is recommended. While a number of snack foods, particularly snacks that are laden with saturated fats, sodium and many calories, can be detrimental to your health, there are plenty of healthy snacks available to men and women who know where to look. “Self” magazine reports Americans consume 26 percent of their calories at times other than breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many fitness plans actually recommend regular snacking as part of a “grazing” mentality. Grazing, or eating several small meals per day rather than three large ones, can help keep metabolism primed and ready to burn calories. Grazing also enables a person to avoid overeating at any particular meal. But grazing on the wrong foods can be counterproductive. That’s why selecting the right snacks is important. • Aim for snacks that are 100 calories or less. One-hundred calorie snacks can help you fill you up and stave off hunger pangs. While there are plenty of prepack-

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aged 100-calorie snacks available, you can easily make your own snack packs by being conscious of nutrition labels. Measure serving sizes of healthy foods into separate containers so you’re less likely to eat more than is necessary. • Fill up on fruits and vegetables. Produce can make a healthy snack because it is generally low in calories, which means portion sizes will be larger than other high-calorie foods. Many fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and other nutrients, which are needed to keep a body healthy. Many also make good sources of fiber, which can help you feel satiated longer between meals. • Choose foods with healthy fats. Not all fats are bad. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats lower total cholesterol and bad cholesterol in the blood. Sources of good fats include nuts, olive oil, avocado, salmon, soy, and sunflower oil. Skip foods that have high levels of saturated fats, which are mainly found in animal products. Trans fats are perhaps the worst fats to eat, as they are produced by hydrogenation to give them a longer shelf life. Avoid foods that contain hydrogenized oils. • Opt for snacks that mimic the texture of unhealthy snacks. Sometimes you may crave something crunchy or a particular comfort food. Choose a crunchy whole grain cereal over potato chips. If you desire a cool, creamy treat, frozen yogurt has much fewer calories than ice cream. • Pack on the lean protein. Lean sources of protein, such as slices of turkey, egg whites and soybeans, will fill you up and keep you feeling full longer than many carbohydrates. A snack of sushi can fill you up quickly. One piece of aCalifornia roll is just 30 calories and has less than a gram of fat. • Keep healthy snacks handy. Always have a bag of healthy snacks handy in the event you get hungry. This way you avoid a trip through the drive-thru or a pit stop for a doughnut or another snack.

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