Bradley Hospital helps you deal with difficult parenting issues in these comprehensive reference sections:
Effective DisciplineCurrent attitudes, ideas and help for parents of toddlers, teens and kids in between.En español
Alcohol & Drug AbuseUnderstanding potential problems, signs of abuse, and tips for prevention and intervention.En español
Depression & SuicideRecognize the signs of depression, why kids fall victim and what you can do to help.En español
Teenage PartiesWhat you don't know can hurt you. Tips for parents of hosts and guests. Plus, ideas for a successful bash.En español
Life's Difficult ChangesSymptoms of transitional difficulty in parents and kids and advice for dealing with change.En español
Parent/Child CommunicationFeel like you're from different planets? Here's how to find middle ground.En español
Childhood ChoresWhy household chores are important for kids and teens.En español
Healthful LeisureA little leisure might be just what your family needs. Why leisure time is important and how to add more to your life.En español
Rhode Island Parents' Guide to Children's Mental Health (PDF 5.07mb)Have questions about common children's mental health problems? Download this one-stop resource for those answers plus information about advocacy organizations and support groups.
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Anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic condition among adolescent girls. Its onset is precipitated by issues related to adolescence, such as the struggle for independence and identity conflicts, and it is difficult to diagnose because symptoms are similar to normal teenage dietary fads.
If undetected and untreated, anorexia nervosa can cause osteoporosis, unhealthy hormone levels, and serious abnormalities in the cardiovascular system, among other problems. Strenuous dieting in any girl of normal weight is a danger sign.
As part of an annual examination your doctor should question your child about exercise and eating habits, check the child's height and weight, and pay particular attention to certain vital signs that can indicate poor nutrition.
For a list of local resources and more details about diagnosis and treatment, call 401-444-5980.