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Parental Stress in Raising a Child with ADHD

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This paper investigates how stress in parents is affected by their child's Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The purpose of this paper is to identify common stressors for parents of children with ADHD, as well as to determine what parents need from

This paper investigates how stress in parents is affected by their child's Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The purpose of this paper is to identify common stressors for parents of children with ADHD, as well as to determine what parents need from healthcare providers to mediate this stress. A survey was developed to identify sources of stress, consequences of parental stress, parental coping methods, resources provided by their healthcare provider that have been helpful, along with what they feel that they need from their healthcare providers in order to better support themselves and their family. Participants were composed of members of Facebook support groups for parents of children with ADHD. Major findings of this study include: parents experience the most stress when dealing with their child's oppositional and aggressive behaviors; parents frequently experience disruption in their marital relationship; and parents perceive that they receive little health care resources that are helpful for themselves, their child, and their family overall.

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2018-05

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Food As A Means To Treat Anxiety

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. In this project, I chose to explore how food is one of the most accessible and inexpensive ways of treating anxiety. This creative project examines the major

Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. In this project, I chose to explore how food is one of the most accessible and inexpensive ways of treating anxiety. This creative project examines the major key components of gut health including the balance of neurotransmitters and bacteria in the gut, restoring hydrochloric acid through celery juice, removing heavy metal toxins through food, eating fermented foods, and limiting refined carbohydrates, and high-sugar consumption. Additionally, this creative project explores my own personal journey through the implementation of foods that influence anxiety revealed in a systemic review over the course of a 6-week period.

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2021-05

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Somali Perceptions of Mental and Physical Health

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This study confirms that there is stigma attached to how Somali-Americans perceive mental and emotional impairments compared to the perception of physical disabilities and impairments. More Somali-Americans are willing to seek help regarding their mental and physical health which is

This study confirms that there is stigma attached to how Somali-Americans perceive mental and emotional impairments compared to the perception of physical disabilities and impairments. More Somali-Americans are willing to seek help regarding their mental and physical health which is a positive step in improving the perceptions of Somali-Americans towards mental or emotional impairments and physical disabilities. Findings can contribute to the knowledge of health care professionals (i.e. nurses) in caring for patients identifying as Somali to promote culturally competent care.

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2016-12

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Mental Health Literacy of Parents: A Pathway to Treatment for Youth with Mental Health Disorders

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Introduction: Poor knowledge and negative perceptions regarding mental health disorders are barriers to parents seeking mental health care for their child. Mental health literacy comprises both the knowledge and ability to recognize mental health disorders, combat stigma, and obtain treatment.

Introduction: Poor knowledge and negative perceptions regarding mental health disorders are barriers to parents seeking mental health care for their child. Mental health literacy comprises both the knowledge and ability to recognize mental health disorders, combat stigma, and obtain treatment. Research demonstrates increased mental health literacy increases parental help-seeking behaviors. Aim: To increase mental health literacy of parents in Maricopa County through increased access to evidence-based education and support. Methods: A local mental health organization utilized the Model for Improvement (MFI) Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) quality improvement framework to increase the number of parents attending an evidence-based, six-session educational class and bi-monthly support group. Interventions included 1) outreach and recruitment via social media and community partners, and 2) convening one six-week educational class and four support group sessions. Results: Parental awareness and attitudes toward mental health disorders were measured at Class One (N=11, M = 30.9, SD 5.15) and Class Six (N=5, M = 40.2, SD 1.64) and analyzed utilizing the Mann-Whitney U Test; results demonstrate improved awareness and attitudes (U =50, p = .001). Eleven parents attended a support group session; 91% (10) reported they learned new information about how to support their child; 82% (9) reported they improved their ability to access and advocate for mental health services. Conclusions: Findings suggest that participating in this organization’s educational classes and support groups increases mental health literacy. Barriers that prevent more parents from participating should be explored.

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2021-04-27

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International Students at American Universities: Mental Health Needs and Assessing the Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services

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Objective: Mental health illnesses are complex conditions that afflict many university students. International students are uniquely vulnerable to these conditions due to challenges such as adjusting to the new environment and culture of American universities. They are also less likely

Objective: Mental health illnesses are complex conditions that afflict many university students. International students are uniquely vulnerable to these conditions due to challenges such as adjusting to the new environment and culture of American universities. They are also less likely than domestic students to receive mental health services. Research indicates that there are obstacles for international students when it comes to seeking mental health services, but these obstacles are typically over-generalized and less applicable to each specific university setting. The purpose of this paper was to assess the barriers in seeking mental health services by international students. Participants: International students at a large university located in Southwestern United States. Students 18 years of age or older, enrolled as an international student, proficient in English, exhibiting mental health symptoms, and refusal of primary care physician’s referral to mental health services. Method: Physicians at Health Services verbally recruited the participants during routine visits. Participants did not provide any personal information, and completion of the questionnaire indicated their consent. This project was guided by the model of mental health help-seeking, where a questionnaire was administered to students, allowing them to identify what specifically prevents them from receiving mental health services.
Result: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 1 questionnaire was completed, but it was rejected as it was filled by domestic student. Conclusion: The data gathered through this questionnaire was intended to be provided to university healthcare providers to better understand how they can connect with international students with mental health concerns.

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2021-04-27