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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…

Sleep Disturbances in Children with PTSD

If your child has experienced trauma and/or has been diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), then you as a parent or a caregiver have most likely dealt with some of their sleep disturbances. Children with a history of trauma may be sleeping too little, or too much, suffer from insomnia, or have nightmares. These sleep issues typically don’t go away on their own, but rather get worse with time, and affect the child’s daily life and functioning across all areas. Trouble sleeping and nightmares are two of the most common symptoms of PTSD. In fact, in his…

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…