Warning Signs: Depression and Anxiety During The Holidays

With Covid-19 on the rise, so is depression, anxiety, and self-harm amongst children and teenagers. With the holidays around the corner, the void of in-person friendships, school parties, family gatherings, and travel, and the ongoing absence of group sports and extracurriculars continue to place our children at significant risk for depression and anxiety. In the past 3 weeks in my practice, I have had a notable… Read more »


Going Back to School in a World of Uncertainty

Coping With Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD Going back to school in a world of uncertainty can wreak havoc on kids and families. Children, adolescents, and family members may be at risk for anxiety and depression in the fluid and unstable environment of the pandemic. It is important that parents, teachers, pediatricians and nurses, and caregivers recognize the signs of depression and anxiety… Read more »


The Silent Pandemic: Depression, Self-Harm, and Suicide

Teens and kids have an increase in mental health struggles since Covid-19 Posted May 21, 2020   The rapid increase in depression, self-harm, and suicide since Covid-19 in children and adolescents is alarming and requires our immediate attention. Children have lost their routines, friends, activities, sports, independence, time in nature, travel, and necessary novel stimulation. The losses children are experiencing in this pandemic are significant;… Read more »


College Success for Students with Learning Differences

Guidelines for assessments, resources, and services. The CDC reports that approximately 6.1 million American children have been diagnosed with ADHD in 2016. Approximately, 4.4 million students have been diagnosed with anxiety, 1 in 59 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and 1 in 5 children in the U.S. have learning disabilities and attention… Read more »


Aspiring Families Uses a Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Del Mar Times features Dr. Maker, the founding director of Aspiring Families, Center for Mental Health and Wellness: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for recognizing the magnitude of mental health issues in our present-day society. For Dr. Azmaira Maker, the founder of Aspiring Families Center for Mental Health and Wellness, the designation… Read more »


Mindfulness Helps Kids Cope

Mindfulness Helps Kids Cope Tips on mindfulness from a 12-year-old boy. Mindfulness is the conscious process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and other effective tools. Mindfulness trains you to develop moment-by-moment awareness of mental, emotional, and physical events and states of being. By allowing… Read more »


Grieving the Loss of a Child: Explaining the Loss to Kids

Grieving the pregnancy loss of a child is complicated, especially for siblings. A 4-year-old girl is participating in circle time in preschool. As her turn comes to share her weekend news, she innocently says, “We went to visit my dead brother in the graveyard. He died when he was born. I put flowers for him… Read more »


Inside Edition: Dr. Maker Comments on Pranks on Kids

https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/did-cole-and-sav-take-april-fools-prank-too-far-51923 Young kids need stability, predictability, and safety in order to thrive. Trust and secure attachment are critical foundations of healthy child development, and should be a primary focus of parenting. This video invites us to reflect on the impact of certain pranks on young children’s emotional well being, and how distressing pranks may be… Read more »