ADHD in Boys vs. Girls

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is one of the most common mental health disorders diagnosed in children. This is a neurodevelopmental disorder that’s symptoms often consist of difficulty concentrating, difficulty staying still, and difficulty staying organized. This disorder is often noticed in children by about age 7 and much more noticeable by teachers at schoolContinue reading “ADHD in Boys vs. Girls”

Gaslighting your Child?

Children and parents are not perfect. Parents will make mistakes, just like every other human. No matter how insightful, well-adjusted, or how much we work on ourselves, we can never completely avoid our negative traits. And therefore, we can never completely shield children from our negative traits either. Gaslighting is a specific kind of manipulationContinue reading “Gaslighting your Child?”

2020 Pandemic and Mental Health – World Mental Health Day

Every year since 1992, October 10th (tomorrow) has been identified as a day to recognize mental health. The main objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to initiate efforts in support of mental health. A few of the previous themes include suicide prevention, young people and mental health inContinue reading “2020 Pandemic and Mental Health – World Mental Health Day”

Depression in Children vs. Adults

Depression is a mood disorder that results in persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities. Depression effects how you feel, think, and behave, and can have effects on your physical, social, mental, and emotional life. Depression is not just a bout of the blues. Depression is considered clinically significant when symptoms persistContinue reading “Depression in Children vs. Adults”

What’s Your Style of Communication?

Communication is key in any relationship, so of course it’s going to be important when it comes to your family. Knowing your own style of communication, your partner’s style, and teaching your children acceptable and appropriate ways to communicate are just a few points of reason. Whether it be with a friend, child, parent, orContinue reading “What’s Your Style of Communication?”

How to Help Your Child/Teen Who Self Harms

What is self harm? Simply, it’s any behavior that causes harm to a person in attempt to deal with overwhelming emotions or thoughts to feel better. Self harm is not limited to just cutting oneself (although that is one of the more common methods). Self harm can include cutting, scratching oneself, burning, biting, picking skin,Continue reading “How to Help Your Child/Teen Who Self Harms”

Autism in Boys vs Girls

Autism Spectrum Disorder has several varying criteria. The intensity of these criteria varies from person to person, which is why we identify Autism as being on a spectrum. Most mental health disorders we could rationalize as having varying intensities, but Autism is unique. You can find a complete list of criteria in the DSM VContinue reading “Autism in Boys vs Girls”

Siblings of Children with Mental Health Disorders and Disabilities

We spend so much time talking about children with mental health disorders and disabilities that it is sometimes easy to forget their typical developing siblings. We understand high functioning anxiety and depression and know that you can’t always judge a book by its’ cover. We should never assume that just because everything looks good onContinue reading “Siblings of Children with Mental Health Disorders and Disabilities”

The Negative Side of Positivity is Toxic!

You may have heard of the latest trend/buzz words – Toxic Positivity. In short, it’s the generalization of happy optimistic state (sounds good) that results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience. When we disallow for certain feelings, we are actually enforcing a coping skill of denial and repression. TheseContinue reading “The Negative Side of Positivity is Toxic!”

5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem

It’s no secret that positive sense of self is linked to better relationships, overall mental and physical health, and general achievement in tasks. So it’s also easy to understand why helping a child develop positive self esteem is so important. Regardless of whether your child is more sensitive and self critical, or appears confident andContinue reading “5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem”