Mental health is defined as ‘not being present when psychological distress or maladaptive behavior is appropriate given a child’s age’ by The Health Advisory Service Report (HAS Report, 1995, Cited in Dogra, Parkin, Gale and Frake, 2008). This definition offers a fundamental basis to consider the source of a child’s mental health. In addition, The World Health Organisation (WHO) (2001, Cited in Dogra et al.) mentioned that mental health is a key component of health through which individuals are able recognise their own abilities. Mental disorders can affect mental health in numerous ways and are able to prevent or even reduce the likelihood of accomplishing any goals such as coping with the stresses of life. Biological, psychological and environmental …show more content…
Mindfulness is used as a therapy to treat many problems related to mental health such as stress, anxiety or even eating disorders (Hooker and Fodor, 2008). In addition majority of techniques used in mindfulness originate from Buddhist traditions (Rosenberg, 1998, Cited in Thompson and Gauntlett-Gilbert, 2008). Professionals working with children in mental health settings may find mindfulness applicable. The different techniques used in these types of settings teach self-awareness, increased impulse control and decreased emotional reactivity to difficult events (Thompson and Gauntlett-Gilbert). Research conducted on adults has shown that these effects can be obtained in the long term which suggests that mindfulness can be applied to children who are going through developmental challenges and have still yet to encounter …show more content…
Kendall and Choudhury (2003, Cited in Sofronoff, Attwood and Hinton, 2005) emphasised the significance of parent involvement when using CBT with children. Mendlowitz et al. (1999, Cited in Sofronoff et al.) discovered that by implementing a therapy session which allows parents to be involved, could eventually show development to the child’s condition and an increased use of adaptive coping strategy in the child. This proposes that by permitting parents to attend therapy sessions plays a vital role, in terms of effectively treating children’s anxiety disorders. Howard and Kendall (1996, Cited in Barrett, Duffy, Dadds and Rapee) found that implementing a family based CBT program resulted in major improvements at the end of the treatment. When Barrett, Dadds and Rapee (1996) compared child only CBT and child CBT plus family anxiety management training, it was found that both conditions indicated major improvement. The improvements made after treatment were generally maintained over a period of 5-7 years, therefore validating the results of the study. This draws attention to the effectiveness of CBT in long-term. Even though the improvements are only exhibited when therapy sessions are kept continuous and consistent over time, therapies do not provide a permanent cure for mental disorders or illnesses but is just
CBT is a short-term intervention which recognizes that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are inter-related and can be altered through behavior modification. A pilot study was done on the effects of a group-based, early intervention, CBT program for depression and anxiety in 8 to 11-year-old children. The study consisted of 10 school-based sessions, which were facilitated by a teacher, an education welfare officer and two classroom assistants. The sessions included psycho-education on stress and its effect on people, an exploration of connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions, introduced alternative ways of looking at difficulties and problem solving techniques (O’Callaghan & Cunningham,
The article Mindfulness: Theoretical Foundations and Evidence for its Salutary Effects, Psychological Inquiry by Kirk Warren Brown, Richard M. Ryan & J. David Creswell seeks to address different aspects of mindfulness and propose future research. Five main topics are discussed, the characterization of mindfulness, mindfulness compared to other theoretical treatments, different interventions that are designed to improve mindfulness, key processes that may provide reasoning for mindfulness success, and shrouded areas concerning mindfulness. The purpose of the article was to show that there are different perspectives on mindfulness and that more research is needed to develop a better understanding. Even though the mindfulness practice has been utilized for centuries, there have been countless studies in recent years concerning mindfulness. The article pinpointed the concept of mindfulness as being rooted in Buddhist psychology but also shares conceptual kinship through ideas from Western European and American culture contributions.
Mindfulness is a concept or practice that was founded nearly 2600 years ago. It is a very integral component of the Buddhist faith and is believed to be associated with many benefits including self-control, tolerance, flexibility, objectivity, concentration, mental clarity, emotional intelligence, kindness, compassion, acceptance, and equanimity.
Mental health is an important part of the overall health well-being for children. Childhood mental health disorder can affect children and their families causing a long-term impact on the parents and other family members as well as the child themselves. Mental disorders are described as chronic health conditions. These are disorders that can go on for a long period of time, that may continue throughout the lifespan. Without early diagnosis and treatment, children with mental disorders can have problems at home and in school. These problems can continue into adulthood for the child and cause other healthy development and delays.
The purpose of this study is to observe if mindfulness training decreases the symptoms in teens with mood disorders. Mindfulness has the potential to have a beneficial impact on teens with mood disorders by enhancing awareness, a self-management, self-acceptance, exposure, and cognitive therapy rolled into one experience. It has been researched in clinical practice for adults to treat a variety of mental and physical health issues. Mindfulness training enables them to notice their thoughts and redirect attention to other areas they can control at the moment, for instance breathing, walking, or environmental stimuli. Using these same concepts, school-base therapy has the potential to utilize this technique when treating teens with mood disorders to self-manage their illness.
As of the moment, mental disorders constitute four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the world, and mental and behavioral disorders account for 12% of the global burden of disease, yet the mental health budgets of the majority of countries constitute less than 1% of their total health expenditures. (WHO, 2001)
Deblinger, McCleer, & Henry (1990) demonstrated that trauma focused CBT which included anxiety management components (e.g. coping skills training and joint work with parents) which children aged 3 to 16 were effective in reducing the symptoms of PTSD because the client was able to externalize their symptoms rather than keeping them inside. Components of CBT include psychoeducation, activity scheduling/reclaiming life, imaginal reliving (including writing and drawing techniques), cognitive restructuring followed by integration of restructuring into reliving, revisiting the site of the trauma, stimulus discrimination with respect to traumatic reminders, direct work with nightmares, image transformation techniques; behavioral experiments, and work with parents at all stages ( Yule, Smith, & Perrin,
Counselors have a wide array of techniques they use to treat their clients. Not one form of counseling works for every individual seeking help. Over the past decades, mindfulness has piqued the interest of many counselors and researchers in the area of cognitive psychology. Its use in counseling has grown and is a part of many counseling processes. Mindfulness has helped to make new strides in the area of counseling and treating patients with a handful of different disorders and issues. Mindfulness is now a widely used practice, and research is still being conducted today to find new ways it can continue to benefit society.
Mental Health is a controversial topic among many ethnic and cultural groups all over the world. Some choose to ignore it altogether, leave it alone or consider it taboo, whereas others choose to make it important to focus on in their communities or families, since it is very important towards the growth of the body and self. It is up to the individual, regardless, to get help and assistance for any of their problems if they prevail and affect your everyday life. Self-esteem, anger, depression and stress are all very real things that we experience every day within our lives, or that we have all experienced ourselves at one point of time. To those who do not have any mental health problems or choose to ignore
Mental health is a crucial part of our being and has a profound effect on how we live our lives. It determines how we socialize, how we reason, how we deal with our emotions, and how we handle stress; and when impaired and/or neglected, it can have crippling effects on the way in which we function on a cognitive or even physical level. Anyone can become susceptible to mental illness or compromised mental well-being. However, throughout history mental health has often been overlooked by society and mental illness, in particular, has been long stigmatized. This has left many of those affected untreated, poorly treated, destitute, and even outcast from society. Through education and the changing attitudes of society, mental health treatment has
The first grant proposal addressed the effects of meditation on life-span cognitional developmental processes. From my understanding, there is a strong connection to the mindset and self-awareness, as one chooses to mediate for their own reason. Based on the informed information, meditation is used to decrease stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The provided background information and predicted research study will help determine the pros and cons of the process, using the meditation techniques.
Rawlett and Scrandis (2015) states that there is a relationship between at-risk health behaviors and levels of academic achievement. Mindfulness awareness in the school systems, allow for an upward movement in student motivation, academic improvement, and interpersonal relationships. In addition, students are learning how to cope successfully through challenging academic transitions (Rawlett & Scrandis, 2015). While promoting mental health, well-being, and academic success in schools, mindfulness has been recognized as a likely approach for improving attention for the development of inhibition and self-regulation in adolescents (Zylowska et al., 2008). Furthermore, there is improvement for teachers in teaching self-efficacy and physical health after mindfulness training (Poulin, 2009). Mindfully teaching encourages teachers to utilize mindfulness skills and knowledge into their day to day lives, inside and outside the classroom (Meikeljohn et al., 2012). Our teachers, with the help of mindfulness based practices are becoming better equip to deal with at-risk students improve their social and emotional
Children are a crucial part of society. They participate in almost all aspects of a society whether it is in schools, community activities, or in the workforce. However, not all children develop the same skills and are granted the same opportunities as others because of a mental illness. Mental illnesses are as serious as physical illnesses and they negatively affect a child’s life. There are a variety of mental illnesses children may have with different levels of severity; mental illnesses hinder childhood development, and they affect a child’s social and home life.
Mental health is just as important as physical health in a person’s life. Mental health is critical to a person’s well-being, their ability to live a productive life and to keep a healthy family and interpersonal relationships. Mental health does not just affect the mind it also affects people’s physical health. Some physical health diseases can cause a mental health disorder and vice versa. Mental health disorders are associated with the occurrence, development, and outcome of some of the today’s most chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. When people go untreated from a mental health disorder are at a higher risk for many unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, violent behavior, and suicide.