Making It On Your own

January 18, 2009 by  
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Moving out of the parents’ house for first time can be rough. Whether it’s for college, a job or the military, no matter if it’s an apartment far away or close by, there is almost always an adjustment process after leaving the nest. “It can be a very emotional and stressful time,” said Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a child psychologist in Melbourne (FL). Panaccione said the stress... 

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Is that Your Cell Blinging?

January 5, 2009 by  
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Time was when phones were considered one step above two Dixie cups and string. Not anymore. “Children are getting (cell phones) at younger and younger ages,” noted licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione. “And they’re using them as toys. They use them as cameras. And text-messaging is the new way to pass notes in class.” Accessorizing phones has become a big deal, according to Panaccione,... 

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Prescription for Danger

December 30, 2008 by  
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Kids are under the dangerously false impression that prescription medications carry less risk than illegal drugs bought on the street. Expert say teenagers are often willing to take any medication as long as it produces an altered state. An incredibly risky trend in prescription drug abuse is poly-drugging; taking a combination of prescription medications at the same time or taking them while consuming... 

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Drag Racing Rage

November 27, 2008 by  
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Illegal street racing is as old as the automobile itself. However, because there is now more traffic, fewer stretches of deserted roads and more teens who have access to a vehicle, the stakes are higher than ever. The hard truth is that adolescent thrill seeking is not new or unusual. Teen racers are typical adolescents looking for a rush or they do it because their friends are doing it,” says... 

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Don’t let “The Talk” Leave You Tongue-tied

October 17, 2008 by  
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According to a September survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the majority of adolescents 12 to 19 said parents most influence their sexual decisions. On the other hand, most parents believed their children’s friends are most influential. In addition, 6 out of 10 adolescents surveyed said their parents are role models for healthy, responsible relationships. While it may cause... 

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Telling the Kids

October 4, 2008 by  
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Whether by force or choice, politicians, celebrities and even neighbors are admitting to illegal drug and alcohol use. But as a parent, would you tell? And just for fun, let’s make it even more interesting. Would you tell if your children asked you directly? “Yes, there are some things that are none of the child’s business, like details about a parent’s sex life, licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki... 

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Gaining a Poor Self-Image

September 3, 2008 by  
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Today’s busy parents need to be aware of whether their child is overly concerned about her body, and if so, get professional help. Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne child psychologist, said she sees a “good many” young people—mostly girls—who think they’re fat or that something is wrong with their bodies, although they don’t have diagnosable eating disorders. “Generally... 

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Not All Secrets Should Be Kept

September 2, 2008 by  
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There’s no doubt secrecy starts early in childhood. Take, for example, when two kindergartners whisper to each other the name of a cute classmate. Teenagers secretly talk about sex, drugs and disagreements with their parents. And (adult) whisperings give way to office gossip. “It’s hard to keep stuff to ourselves, and we tend to want to share information, even intimate stuff,” said... 

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Gay In Brevard…Teenagers Struggle in Silence

August 30, 2008 by  
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Growing up is hard. Growing up gay is even tougher. “Teens in general are struggling with their identity, and gay teens have another whole layer of issues to deal with,” said Melbourne psychologist Vicki Panaccione. “Teens usually reach out to each other for support. Because gay teens are unsure of their sexual identity, they are less likely to reach out.” “They don’t... 

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Learn To Talk “The Talk”

August 21, 2008 by  
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“Telling children about puberty and sex might be difficult for parents,” said Melbourne child psychologist, Vicki Panaccione. It could be especially difficult for parents who feel uncomfortable dealing with sexuality, let alone discussing it with a young child. However, instead of waiting for “The Talk,” sex education should start early with open, honest communication and continue... 

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