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destressBeing a Dr. Mom, I am always caregiving, fretting about kids, and feeling nearly stretched to my limit. It’s a great life and one I wouldn’t change. But there are times when I feel the need to reset myself. Every mom has her list of ways to relax. Here’s mine: 

10. Walking my dog. Barclay and I are both sun lovers, so these crisp fall days are our favorite.

9. Sipping a coffee with my daughter.

8. Watching a Ducks football game with my son.

7. Snuggling on the couch with my husband and talking about our day without discussing medicine. That’s hard for two pediatricians!

6. Listening to music. I either crank up the country, or spin out the smooth jazz to loosen up. I love to play classical violin, but listening to it winds me up.

5. Cooking a special meal on a weekend, preferably with help from my kids. Just talking and hanging out in our kitchen is a favorite activity.

4. Turning off my iPhone. It’s my pager, my email, my phone, my to-do device. Unplugging helps me refocus.

3. Dressing up and going out for dinner. High heels make me forget my worries (and focus on how much my feet hurt!).

2. Playing my violin. This has always been my outlet for every emotion, high and low, a way to work it out and express myself in a way I deeply love.

1. Praying and counting my blessings. This is my favorite for so many reasons, mostly because I can do it any time, in any situation, and find renewed strength, peace and calm.

EPA-childpsychoEugene Pediatrics is the first pediatric office in Lane County to have an on-site psychiatrist working alongside pediatricians. With child psychiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Amato, a board-certified psychiatrist, at the same location as your child’s physicians, we better meet the medical needs of your children.

Studies show that as many as 70 percent of primary care visits in the United States are related to psychosocial issues. Integrating primary and mental health care can improve the overall health of patients through the coordination of care between psychiatrists and primary care physicians.

If you are concerned about the behavioral health of your child, talk first to your child’s pediatrician about a referral. Pediatricians can often diagnose and treat common behavioral issues. Our pediatricians work with parents to decide whether it's best or needed to refer their child to Dr. Amato, or a psychologist.

Parents most commonly request a referral when they observe in their children extreme depression, anxiety or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Parents often view evidence of these behavioral issues as a defeat, as an example of bad parenting, or as a terrifying prospect, and they desperately want to help their child. You should consider having your child see a psychiatrist if:


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shutterstock 83821315Graduation season is stressful for kids — and parents!  There’s a whirlwind of extra studying, big tests, late nights and academic pressure, all leading to the big day of emotional moments, partings from friends, visiting family members and special events.

With all the excitement, take time to help prepare yourself and your graduate: 

·      Plan for down time. Just an hour here and there can help everyone break from the chaos.

·      Try to get EXTRA sleep. Bodies that work under stress need more sleep.

·      Eat right. Good fuel makes your engine run better.