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5 Tips for Parents to Understand their Children Better

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Increasing familiarity with the psychology of children is undoubtedly a daunting task. You are expected to be really patient while you’re aiming to understand your child. The following tips can help you to create a friendly relationship with your child and understand him/her much better:
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January 14th, 2018

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How To Diagnose Schizophrenia in Teens

How is Schizophrenia Diagnosed?

The indications stated above are not necessarily indicative of a serious issue by themselves. Nevertheless, if you observe a number of, specifically if they are beyond regular teen behavior, it is essential to speak to your doctor, especially if there is a record of schizophrenia in your family.

Your physician will usually refer your teen to a psychoanalyst, who will have the experience to help manage the problem; they consequently will generally entail specialized “very early assistance” services trained to handle the initial start of psychosis.

Since many of the signs of schizophrenia resemble other psychological wellness conditions, diagnosis typically just takes place after the teen has been experiencing signs for at least six months, and has also had one month of extreme actions such as deceptions or hallucinations.

What is the Expected Program of Treatment?

Early recognition is critical in teenagers with schizophrenia. Treatment differs, relying on the intensity, although antipsychotic medication is typically suggested. In serious instances, the teen may require a hospital stay to stabilize their condition, whereas others can stay as outpatients complying with a therapy strategy that could be developed in your home. In some instances, counseling, specifically Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), can show beneficial, specifically with aiding people to find out crucial problem management abilities as well as strategies.

Although schizophrenia is a significant problem, with early intervention and also efficient treatment, several teens will certainly go on to have reasonably typical lives. In some cases, individuals will certainly get therapy, and not experience any kind of additional episodes after the initial one. Others will certainly move in between remission and regression throughout their lives, and also sadly; some situations will certainly be chronic, with no remission at all. Additionally, the end result in adolescents could depend considerably on their family members characteristics: those with a strong support group are much less likely to regression.

January 11th, 2018

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Autism VS Asperger’s Syndrome: What’s the Difference?

Many consider special children as special gifts and, probably, think that every autistic child is diagnosed the same. It is time to clear a few things out. Not all autistic children are the same first and foremost. In addition, there are different types of autism and one of those is Asperger’s syndrome (AS).

AS is one of the two main types of autism but it is not easily detected until late childhood, sometimes even to adulthood. Symptoms of AS is the same as the autism we all know – children have their own world. However, there are also differences. Some of those who have AS get easily excited over the most unusual things but cannot communicate well. Some are even brilliant and/or talented on certain areas but that’s only a few handful.

Just because those with Asperger’s syndrome may have extraordinary talents doesn’t mean all of them do, nor it should be judged that way. The key idea is to identify the three main areas where they have difficulty with and that is socialization, communication and behavior range.

So what are the differences between classic autism and Asperger’s Syndrome?

Normally, those with autism often are delayed in communicating with others and tend to have a below average IQ, AS develop their communication skills just like normal people and may have either average to above average IQ. However, autistic people don’t get depressed because they live in their own little world while those with AS tend to be affected by their surroundings because they are aware of what is happening around them. While children with autism tend to be loners and aloof against their peers, children with Asperger’s are inclined to fit in and interact, however they don’t know how to properly do it and tend to be socially awkward, and sometimes have lack of empathy. Looking at it in retrospect, children with Asperger’s Syndrome appear to be normal kids.

There are also certain traits that are related to Asperger’s. For instance, children with AS have this obsessive trait wherein they have this need to categorize or know everything. They may be talented in categorizing information and memory work but they can be poor in terms of abstract concepts.

In terms of communication, children with Asperger’s syndrome tend to have a wide vocabulary and be talkative. However, their speech patterns differ because it may lack inflection, may be too formal, too loud, to quiet, too soft, or too fast. They may also fail to communicate whenever they feel stressed or upset. Furthermore, children with AS cannot understand subtle language such as irony, humor and sarcasm.

When it comes to motor skills, children with Asperger’s may or may not have problems with motor skills but some may be clumsy or awkward.

January 8th, 2018

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The Dangers of Bipolar Self Inflicted Injuries

Whatever the method of attempt at bipolar disorder self injury, there is seriousness attached to it. People who have attempted suicide in the past are 40 times more likely to commit suicide than those who never have attempted it before.

If a person begins to make final arrangements, or to set his or her affairs in order for no particular reason, suicide may be on his or her mind. It could be as simple as giving away possessions, or as complex as making financial arrangements. It should be determined whether or not that person is in danger of bipolar disorder self injury if this is suddenly seen in a bipolar individual.

More women than men attempt suicide, but 80 percent of the deaths by suicide are by males. Bipolar disorder self injury, then, is a distinct and growing problem.

It is difficult enough dealing with the affective, social, legal, and physical consequences of the disease. Self harm and suicide make attention to bipolar disorder self injury most necessary.

One form of bipolar disorder self injury that is coming most recently into the public consciousness is self mutilation, or “cutting”. Suicide, of course, is the most extreme form of bipolar disorder self injury. At this stage there is concern of bipolar disorder self injury, but the ideas are just at a simmer.

When a person begins to make plans, the danger of bipolar disorder self injury becomes more imminent. If this is suddenly seen in a bipolar individual, it should be determined whether or not that person is in danger of bipolar disorder self injury.

December 12th, 2017

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OCD – What It Is and How It Affects Us

For normal people, double checking something is a trivial task, but people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder cannot move forward without these repeated checks. Perhaps this is the most observed effect among people with OCD – the need to perform rituals and routines even if it becomes a hindrance to doing things of greater importance. This sets the premise for what most people know as obsession.

The obsession that brings about a stream of uncontrollable thoughts, impulses and images cannot be stopped even if the affected wants to and thus, creating a nuisance that is both disturbing and distracting but must be undergone in order to relieve the mind of it.

However, the relief is not permanent and will often persist in reduced time intervals.  In fact, in most cases, it can be too persistent that it prompts for a repetition of routines and rituals. This driven repetitive behavior constitutes compulsion, which causes further distress and anxiety as routines become more time-consuming and demanding.

The condition is known to show signs during childhood until the early 30s and is less likely to manifest in people who are 35 and above. More than 2.2 million adults, in the United States alone, are affected by the disorder. Most of those who have OCD were diagnosed at the age of 19 without any inclinations toward gender. However, the diagnosis doesn’t come easily and it may not be apparent to most, with the exception of mental disorder specialists, since the symptoms tend to disappear and re-occur at different levels.

Those diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Behavior are often classified based on the routines that they end up repeating. Some of the most common are the washers, checkers, doubters and sinners, counter arrangers and hoarders.  The urge for doing these tasks is often brought about by fear.

For instance, a washer must constantly clean and wash his/her hands because of the fear of contamination. The same is true for the hoarders who are afraid that a catastrophe may occur when they discard items, which they neither use nor need.

Several complications arise in OCD sufferers due to the nature of the disorder, which includes, but not caused directly or limited to, eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety disorders and in the worst cases, the tendency to entertain suicidal thoughts. Therapy is, by far, the most popular and effective recourse. Group therapy, with the involvement of family and friends, is encouraged. Joining the therapy sessions can inform them of how to adjust and help the patient.

December 6th, 2017

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Know the Difference Between ADHD and OCD

A lot of people often mistake ADHD with perfectionism. This is something that one cannot really blame because sometimes, perfectionists are often depicted or they appear as people who would get so riled up even if it is just a minor flaw or detail. However, perfectionism is nothing like ADHD.

Think of it as this: you are a frustrated person. It’s because whenever you would do something you feel like your best is not good enough. You often feel stuck. Much more that you would often feel so annoyed when someone meddles with your things or fix things until it is right for you. This is not ADHD but rather unhealthy perfectionism or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

First and foremost, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by uncontrollable and unwanted thoughts that leads a person to be compelled to perform. It is often ritual or repetitive behaviors such as cleaning and arranging. Most of the time, these people know that these behaviors may not make much sense but they are unable to resist them and this disrupts their daily lives.

Meanwhile, people with ADHD tend to have difficulty concentrating and focusing on their work. They also have difficulty in doing simple tasks and would often leap from one type of work to another and would quickly get bored with what they are doing. You could say that people with ADHD are always on the go and in a rush.

Now what is the difference between OCD with ADHD?

People with ADHD usually have this act first, think later habit. In short, they are impulsive. However, those with OCD often are the ones who think too much and thus leads to compulsions.

People with OCD tend to have excessive focus on detail, moral or religious ideas, violent thoughts, extreme fears or phobias such as germs and dirt or superstitious. They may also have compulsive behaviors such as repetitive habits like tapping or repeating words, excessive checking and double-checking, and hoarding.

Those with ADHD often have poor listening skills and attention span. They are easily distracted by simplest of things thus have difficult in completing tasks. They also have a hard time remembering conversations or even following directions while some tend to space out from time to time, even if in the middle of a conversation. They may also have the tendency to overlook their work for details or completely leave it unfinished.

December 3rd, 2017

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How to Manage PTSD and Enjoy the Holidays

Post-traumatic stress disorder is something that should not be taken lightly especially when the holiday season approaches. Although most would look at the holidays as a season to unwind and relax, sometimes the stress required to cope and prepare for these days tend to put a strain, that and a lot of factors such as socialization and noises may affect people especially those with PTSD. Unfortunately, as much as everyone expects you to stay the same and be normal, your PTSD may not allow you to do that. In fact, it changes you to the point that the change is undesirable to these people who are firm with their agendas or simply does not understand what PTSD is at all.

However, there are still ways on how you can avoid PTSD stress over the holidays.

One of the best ways to do so is to set limits on how you plan ahead. That means you should not let yourself lose control of your balance in life. Furthermore, you should also not allow others to corner you especially during this season where you are supposed to be resting and relaxing. That’s why it is important for you to be able to plan on things especially when it involves going to family gatherings and social events. Choose on what events you should attend and not attend. Give yourself acceptable boundaries. It is for your own good after all.

If ever you have to attend but the situation is starting to make you feel uncomfortable to the point of an attack, make sure that you have an exit strategy. At least, this way you still have some sense of control over your situation. But as much as possible, learn to say no. No to things that are triggers for your PTSD. No to people who refuse to acknowledge that you are dealing with something. No to people that are toxic in your life. Sometimes you just need to accept that there will be moments that will have to leave the party early.

Finally, be yourself and don’t go about trying to please others. As much as we all want to give our best food forward, it is still difficult for those with PTSD to deal with their condition especially over the holidays simply because they want to please a certain number of people. This is something that should be corrected. You don’t have to be the center of attention, just be your laid-back self. This will give you less stress and more opportunity to enable you to relax and enjoy the party.

November 19th, 2017

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Holiday Stress: How to Avoid or Reduce Your Stress During the Holidays

It is easy to allow yourself to believe that the holiday season will bring a moment of rest and relaxation. It is also easy to forget that the holidays are equally as stressful. Think about it. You have to do a long list of Christmas shopping. You also have to look into the holiday to do-list. Decorate the house. Make a holiday menu. Arrange the activities.

And the list goes on.

You also have to consider the time pressure to go out and buy all of these and face the wrath of long cashier lines. There’s also the holiday temper tantrums by the kids and relatives. Finally, the soaring prices of the bills is also to consider.

Just by looking at those, the list of concerns to face during the holidays is more than enough to make one extremely stressed out. This can be difficult to handle and worse, if you have a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

But don’t worry! There are ways to get around this problem.

One thing you can do to help minimize your holiday stress is to block out all the aggressive holiday promotions and advertisements. This would include radio, television and the internet. Yes, social media included. This is because this is one of the holidays in the year that companies would use to be extra convincing and manipulative when it comes to consumers. From sales to promotions, they will do everything just to get a buyer. Sometimes, you end up regretting buying these things and it adds up to your stress; most especially if you are hunting down that perfect gift. However, if you cannot do so right away, you can always filter these out.

Another thing you can do is to avoid the mall or any shopping-related place. These places are filled with temptations to purchase whether you need it or not, whether it is in your list or not. Plus, malls will be jam-packed with people and it can be overwhelming for those suffering with agoraphobia, panic or anxiety disorders. However, also take note that once the holidays come nearer, the more people will be there so it is also important that if you need to do your shopping, do it fast. But if you can, shop online. Do take in mind that you have to allow longer time for delivery or your items won’t arrive in time.

Finally, create a budget for shopping, to-do list and expenses. The number one reason why people are stressed during the Christmas holidays is because of money. The more the holidays get closer, the more people get anxious because they still can’t find the perfect gift or that the perfect gift is long gone. Here’s a tip: don’t buy it all. Why? As much as giving the perfect gift is awesome, always remember that it is the thought counts. Instead of giving them what they want, give them what they need like a certificate for a major pamper session or a planner. If your budget is not enough, you can always make homemade gifts.

November 16th, 2017

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The Indications of Teenage Schizophrenia: What You Need To Know

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In general, individuals of any ages with the problem will experience misconceptions, hallucinations, topsy-turvy speech (incongruity, swiftly changing between subjects that have no link, and even a loss of speech entirely), and also uncommon motor behavior, such as repetitive motions or a catatonic state. Schizophrenics could additionally provide several other adverse signs, including reduced (or no) eye get in touch with, lack of self-care, less psychological expression as well as a drawback from social communication.

As discussed, schizophrenia can go undiagnosed in its early stages, particularly throughout the teenager years, as its symptoms are usually puzzled with normal, age-appropriate habits. Check in teens will gradually appear over a period of numerous months (often six to nine), and also might at first resemble anxiousness or anxiety signs and symptoms.

• Usual behavior connected with schizophrenia in teenagers could consist of:.

• An absence of personal hygiene, as well as little thought to cleaning or self-care.

• Becoming progressively separated and also taken out from culture.

• Inappropriate feedbacks, for example, giggling when an individual is unfortunate.

• Hectic speech, or speaking with themselves, often utilizing strange words or tones.

• State of mind swings, irritability, rage and aggressiveness.

• Revealing anxiousness, concern or fear.

• Hallucinating (either auditory or aesthetically).

• A trouble in separating their dreams or media (television and internet) from fact.

• Talking about topics that make very little sense, as an example, thinking they are an unusual, the reincarnation of a renowned number, or had.

• Substance abuse.

• Misconceptions, especially feelings of being persecuted or controlled by an individual.

• Failure to concentrate.

November 4th, 2017

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How Obesity Can Affect Your Child

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You’ve heard the tales about the pleased fat individual, right? Well, as comforting as they might be, especially if your own child is heavy, they may be more misconception compared to reality in a lot of children’s lives. Not only are there health prices associated with childhood obesity, yet your youngster’s weight issue is likewise thoroughly entangled in his psychological world.

Social Preconception

For obese kids along with their parents, coping with excess pounds could be heartbreaking. In its own method, the social preconception affixed to being obese could be as damaging to a youngster as the bodily diseases as well as problems that typically come with weight problems. You can probably see it in the eyes and hear it in the words of your own overweight youngster. In a culture that places a costs on thinness, researches show that youngsters as youthful as 6 years might associate adverse stereotypes with excess weight and think that a hefty youngster is merely much less likable.

Self-Esteem & Institution Bullying

Real, some overweight kids are very popular with their schoolmates, really feel good about themselves, as well as have a lot of self confidence. However typically, if your youngster is obese, he is more probable to have reduced self-esteem than his thinner peers. His weak self-worth can translate right into feelings of shame regarding his physical body, as well as his absence of confidence could result in poorer scholastic performance at school. You probably do not require a comprehensive summary of exactly how challenging the everyday life of overweight children can in some cases be. These children might be informed by schoolmates (or even grownups) that being heavy is their very own mistake. They may be called names. They could possibly be subjected to teasing and bullying. Their previous pals could prevent them, and also they may additionally have problem making new pals. They could possibly be the last one decided on when teams are selected in physical education courses.

October 31st, 2017

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