It’s Not Easy Being Teen

August 4, 2008 by  
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A lot of parents are just blown away when they discover that kids of 10 and 11 years old have heard about the issues of drugs or alcohol or sex and smoking. Children as early as 10, 11, 12 years old are well on their way to becoming cognitive thinkers. And it’s up to parents to make the adjustments to the realities. Like it or not. “We owe it to the children to make that shift,” said... 

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Changes in Girls During Puberty

July 23, 2008 by  
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When puberty hits, parents ask: “Who is this kid?” Ask anybody who has been through it, especially changes in girls during puberty and they will tell you: Puberty is vicious. We’re not talking about the kids going through puberty here, we’re talking about the changes that parents go through. There’s no shock like changes parents experience when their boy or girl becomes a teenager,... 

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Attack on Self: Personality Disorder Victims are Driven to Injury

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Self-injury, sometimes called self mutilation, is difficult to talk about. People who do it to themselves feel ashamed. Often, they don’t know why they do it—their explanations are simply that they were feeling bad and looking for attention. Child psychologist Vicki Panaccione of Melbourne said it is not very common in her practice but she does see it. “Children who are hurting themselves…it... 

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Parents Death on the Rise

November 30, 2005 by  
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Teenagers who kill aren’t really getting more common, but two recent high-profile homicides—plus the case of an 18-year old charged with killing his Melbourne father and stepmother—bring the issue into sharp focus. “I do think these cases are very shocking, so I think they’re going to get a lot of press,” said psychologist (Dr.) Vicki Panaccione, who sees a disturbing trend among teenagers... 

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Win or lose…just get over it

November 4, 2004 by  
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Is it safe? Can we come out and play now? Are the grownups still mad at each other? Dr. Vicki Panaccione says the immediate aftermath of an election as polarizing as this one, with the nation at war, can be a fearful moment for the losers. “People have been more passionate about this election than any I’ve seen, and no matter which side you’re on, I think that anger can turn to fear,”... 

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Teen Thrill-Seeking is Growing More “Extreme”

December 7, 2002 by  
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Two teens jumped off the Melbourne Bridge for fun. One is dead and the other severely traumatized. Investigating the incident, officials learned that bridge jumping is popular with teens. Risky behavior or attempting thrill-seeking feats is nothing new. But the difference today is that teens are taking those behaviors to the extreme. That’s because they seek acceptance, or thrills, or believe they... 

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Fashion Changes Shape – Model Embraces Full Figure

March 15, 2001 by  
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Mode magazine’s inclusion of full figure models tries to show that beauty, style and fashion come in all sizes, shapes and colors. While that may be true for adult audiences, Melbourne (child) psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione who writes child development articles, says Mode’s real challenge may be to counteract the psychological damage inflicted on consumers whose idealized versions of themselves... 

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Got Election Rage?

December 17, 2000 by  
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Just get over it. The bumper-sticker solution for deep-seated resentments might play well in a sitcom dialogue, but in the polarized aftermath of the most divisive presidential election in modern history, those could be fightin’ words. Melbourne child psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione says the divide is so visceral, there’s no way to “just get over it” until people comprehend... 

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Parents Want Sex Ed to Teach More Topics Than Abstinence

September 27, 2000 by  
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Parents want schools to teach their children about birth control, abortion and sexual orientation but continue to emphasize abstinence, a national report released Tuesday indicates. Brevard licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione agrees abstinence is the only way teens are sure to steer clear of pregnancy and diseases, but said it is silly to believe that alone will work. “I think it’s unrealistic... 

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