Tag Archive: Dr. Bela Sood

Resilience is the ability to adapt in positive ways when faced with a tough situation. It is something that can be taught, learned and strengthened over time. One of the biggest predictors of resilience in children is having a parent who is resilient. Modeling resilient behavior in your own life – along with showing children your unconditional love and support – helps promote the development of this important life skill.... View Article

Oct 10 2018

Childhood is a time of great physical and emotional development. Adverse experiences that occur during this time can significantly impact the child’s life well into adulthood. Exactly what are the connection and long-term consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences on overall health and well-being? A study in 19981 analyzed the relationship of childhood abuse and dysfunction in the home to many of the leading causes of death in adults. More than... View Article

Aug 22 2018

Parents sometimes wonder if their children’s behaviors are normal, or at what point they should be concerned that new behaviors reflect a problem with the child’s mood. When a previously happy-go-lucky child becomes more subdued, is it evidence that they’re maturing, or the first indication of a problem? What about a child who’s typically serious and responsible gradually becoming more uncooperative or argumentative? Is this normal teenage behavior, or a... View Article

Jul 27 2018

Fidget spinner has quickly become a household term. In fact, it’s likely you have one or more of these little gadgets in your home. The idea behind fidget spinners is that they help kids stop fidgeting and focus their attention on the task at hand. Manufacturers have even promoted them as having health benefits for children with a variety of conditions, including ADHD. Do experts agree? “I call it the... View Article

Aug 1 2017

Many families will celebrate Father’s Day this weekend. For others, the holiday will serve as a reminder that an actively engaged father has not been part of their reality. “Fathers serve as role models and mentors in children’s psychological and behavioral development. When fathers are not involved, children often experience emotions such as anger, anxiety and uncertainty,” said Dr. Bela Sood, child and adolescent psychiatrist with our Virginia Treatment Center... View Article

Jun 15 2017

Childhood and the teen years are challenging under the best of circumstances. Additional stressors (family problems, bullying, trauma, sexual or gender identity issues, etc.), along with depression and anxiety, could result in thoughts of suicide or even a suicide attempt – and this is not at all rare. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among children and adolescents. It’s important for all parents, teachers, caregivers, etc. to be aware... View Article

Mar 8 2017

NPR Ed’s recent series exploring mental health in schools found that in a classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, and yet nearly 80 percent of children who need mental health services won’t get them. According to the first article in the series, experts say that schools could play a role in identifying students with problems and helping them succeed, but... View Article

Sep 9 2016