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Seabury Hall Presents: Adolescent Behavior–What’s Normal, What’s Not

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated February 22, 1:35 PM
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As part of its Parent Education Series, Seabury Hall Parent’s Education Committee will present “Adolescent Behavior: What’s Normal, What’s Not,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

The event will be free to the public and will include an open panel discussion facilitated by school psychologist JJ Stafford, Ph.D., child, adolescent psychiatrist Michael Rimm M.D. and clinical psychologist Daniel J. Lane Ph.D., M.S.C.

Most parents wonder if their child’s behavior is part of the normal developmental process or if something more concerning and serious is happening. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between normal adolescent development and behavior or if something more pathological is developing.

Questions that can be answered at the event include: What’s normal experimentation with drugs and alcohol? Should I be concerned about my child’s eating habits/behavior? Are these angry outburst normal? Is he/she sleeping too much?

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Statistically, 20 to 30% of adolescents have one major depressive episode and left untreated can present further complications in adulthood. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 10 to 24, while 500,000 to one million people 15 to 24 years old attempt suicide each year.

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Additionally, 8% of children have an anxiety disorder, 10% have a behavior or conduct disorder and 11% have a mood disorder.

Additional topics covered during the interactive presentation include: Parenting styles and impact on a child’s emotional developmental, communication, and natural and logical consequences.

Community resources will also be provided if you are concerned about your child’s behavior and would like a professional evaluation.

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Seabury Hall is located at 480 Olinda Road in Makawao.

For more information, contact Gayle Hart at (808) 442-6111 or by email to [email protected].

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