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Category: Emotional/Behavioral Wellness

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…

Dealing with Your Child’s Anger

One of the most common issue I frequently see in my practice are children diagnosed with ADHD who also happen to have significant anger issues. Just as adults, children can get angry for a variety of reasons. The question is how do you deal with it as a parent.  Becoming angry due to certain frustrations is a normal and a perfectly acceptable reaction to emotional distress. It is important that you as a parent communicate to your child that they are safe to express their feelings. However, it is even more important that you teach your child how to manage…

Teens, Social Media, and Online Safety

  Undoubtedly, the internet has created new ways for us to communicate and be connected. Thanks to today’s technology, our teenagers have an opportunity to gain media literacy, become technically savvy, socialize, and be connected to their peers all over the world. However, this increased use of the internet and today’s technology among teens comes with a prize. Cyberbullying and online gossip on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace, as well as through instant messaging, chat rooms, and emails are becoming a growing and common problem. Many parents of my teen clients share…

8 Simple Steps to Reducing Depressed Mood

Depression is a very serious condition that can impact many areas of our lives, such as work, family, relationships, and health. It is a clinical condition that has been around for ages.  According to DSM-5, a depressive disorder is defined by the presence of sad, empty, or irritable mood, accompanied by somatic or cognitive changes that significantly affect the individual’s capacity to function.  In addition, new research has indicated that depression is often caused by heavy onslaught of toxicity or severe nutritional and lifestyle based deficiency’s that cause massive brain inflammation that disrupts normal neurological processing…

The True Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

As a clinician I often evaluate children with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems, typically assessing for a behavior disorder, attention disorder and/or a mood disorder. As a part of my interview with the parent as well as with the child, I always asked about the history of the child’s exposure to domestic violence.  And this is why. Most of you may know that exposure to domestic violence is rather detrimental to children. Specifically, such exposure  often leads to significant behavioral problems in children, including verbal and physical aggression toward others. Children exposed to domestic violence are…