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Parenting in the Face of an Abusive Home Situation

  There is no doubt that exposure to domestic violence is detrimental to children’s emotional well-being, causing or significantly contributing to development of symptoms of anxiety, PTSD, behavioral problems, anger/aggression, and many other emotional issues. If you would like to learn more about this topic, please read my research-based article, Domestic Violence and Children. Many times in my clinical practice, I have talked to parents whose children have significant anger issues, misbehave in school, or withdraw from others. Their parents or caretakers request a psychological evaluation in hopes to discover what causes these issues and how…

Dealing With Triggers – Journal Exercise

A trigger is typically an event that enters your present mind, stimulates your adrenal glands, reminds you of what happened in the past, and activates traumatic memories along with a storm of emotions associated with them. This is typically not a pleasant experience and can be rather frightening. You may experience flashbacks, anxiety, panic, fear, anger, rage, confusion, or dissociation. When working with my clients, I find that journaling in itself is very helpful and healing for many. Understanding your triggers by identifying and listing them in your journal, is a first step to help you get some sense of…

Mindfulness – Thought Defusion

  Making plans for your future and learning from your past mistakes are necessary part of our everyday life. However, the problem  comes when we are too focused on the future, which tends to make us anxious, or overly focused on our past, which can tend to get us discouraged or depressed. The trick to amazing emotional health and happy life is in finding the right balance. Mindfulness helps you see and understand your thoughts and feelings as they really are, rather than giving them too much importance or misunderstanding them completely. The technique of mindfulness is practiced by paying…

Simple Strategies To Help Diffuse Anxiety in Children

If you suspect your child is suffering from anxiety or if your child has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may feel rather overwhelmed and not knowing what to do. Beyond seeking help and support from a mental health professional, there are other things you can do to empower yourself as a conscious parent. You are not helpless and you can learn how to best support your child and help him thrive by working with him or her at home. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), Anxiety disorders include disorder that…

Antianxiety Effects of Essential Oils in Children

  Childhood anxiety disorders are defined by excessive fear and worry caused by anticipation of future threat.  Significant symptoms of anxiety then significantly disrupt children’s lives and cause major impairment and distress in social, academic, occupational, and other areas of their lives.  Research shows that living in excessive fear, worry, and anxiety during childhood years strongly correlates with suffering from suiciadal ideation (1) and depression in later years.  (2) Childhood anxiety disorders are commonly divided into three major categories: Separation anxiety –  This disorder is defined by excessive fear or anxiety concerning separation from home or caregivers a…