A Moving Experience

July 13, 2008 by  
Filed under Child Development

Relocation creates major stress for some. Mental health experts say uprooting your family and moving to another city is one of the most stressful experiences you’ll endure—right under death and divorce, but ahead of taking out a mortgage or having trouble with your boss. “Relocation creates major stress,” said child psychologist Vicki Panaccione. “It changes many other things... 

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Hurricanes Mental Impact Could Linger for Many Months

October 19, 2005 by  
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Local clinical psychologist, Dr. Vicki Panaccione in Melbourne, said she has seen a higher number of children (needing treatment) since the two most recent hurricanes pummeled Brevard (County). “But parents by and large, have been doing a good job reassuring children they’re safe or turning evacuations into an adventure,” she said. Still, parents and children need to get back into an... 

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Conflict with Iraq: When Kids Want Answers

March 20, 2003 by  
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War can be difficult to explain to children. To help parents handle questions and fears, (Dr. Vicki Panaccione) offers the following suggestions: For children ages 6-12: 1) Ask what they are hearing and discuss their concerns. It’s best not to fill them with fears they don’t have, but also realize you can’t ignore (the ones they do.) 2) Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Avoid saying, “Everything... 

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