Polly Dunn, PhD

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As a child psychologist, wife, and mom of four, I am passionate about sharing practical and user friendly information about parenting with others. I received my Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from Auburn University and completed my internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Psychology Training Consortium, both APA accredited programs. As a licensed psychologist for more than ten years, a wife, and a mom to four kids ranging in age from 3 to 14, I love to share what works and what doesn’t in my hectic life to best help others on their parenting journey!

For more information visit me at:
www.ChildPsychMom.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/childpsychmom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/childpsych

Polly Blake Dunn, Ph.D.

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    FRIDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.

    Even so, about two-thirds of soldiers ...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking, new research reveals.

    The finding from a small study of young adults suggests that the energy drink-booze combination could fuel a higher risk for dan...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers say they've identified several psychological factors that can contribute to short-term paranoia in some people who use marijuana.

    The paranoia is caused by the main active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), ...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may increase a person's risk for suicide, but high cigarette taxes and smoking restrictions in public places lower that risk, a new study suggests.

    Previous research has found that smokers are more likely to take their own lives than no...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette warning labels help convince smokers to quit, and the bigger the label, the better, a new study shows.

    Even when smokers try to avoid seeing the labels, they are prompted to think about quitting, the researche...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
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    TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health behaviors and challenges often vary depending on a person's sexual orientation, a new U.S. report finds.

    But, those changes do not seem to follow a set pattern -- some are healthy, some aren't. For example, the federal researchers found t...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A person's DNA may play a big role in who they decide to hang with, a new study suggests.

    "Looking across the whole genome, we find that, on average, we are genetically similar to our friends," study co-author James Fowler, a professor of medical ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress can slow a woman's metabolism and lead to weight gain, new research suggests.

    The study included 58 women, average age 53, who were asked about their stress levels the previous day and then given a meal than included 930 calories and 60 gra...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In people with sex addiction, pornography affects the brain in ways that are similar to that seen in drug addicts as they consume drugs, a new study finds.

    "There are clear differences in brain activity between patients who have compulsive sexual ...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate cancer patients are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive disease, receive less effective treatment and die sooner if they also have depression, a new study suggests.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 41,200 American men who ...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Forget about the Twitter wars that break out regularly between outspoken celebrities or loudmouth pundits -- too much Twitter can be bad for your own relationship, a new study suggests.

    High amounts of Twitter use can lead to friction within a c...Full Article

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    MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chopin, Vivaldi and Bach may have had natural musical talent, and then some. A new study suggests accomplished musicians are genetically programmed to commit to the long hours of practice needed to become skilled musicians.

    ...Full Article
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    MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are overweight and obese are likely to experience frequent, daily insults and humiliation from strangers, family and friends, according to a new study.

    Fifty overweight and obese women kept week-long diaries that reported a total of 1,07...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people would rather do anything -- even hurt themselves -- than spend quiet time with their own thoughts, a new study finds.

    Researchers conducted a series of experiments with volunteers aged 18 to 77 and found that they generally did not l...Full Article

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    MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A medication commonly used to treat HIV appears to double the risk that patients will develop suicidal thoughts or take their lives, new research contends.

    The finding concerns the anti-HIV drug efavirenz, which is marketed as Sustiva.

    Pr...Full Article