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In a few short weeks college students will be returning home for the summer. We look forward to catching up and spending some quality time and they look forward to some much-needed R and R. Shortly thereafterparents often discover that their son or daughter is not quite the same person they dropped off last fall.
Difficulty remembering dates and names? Unfinished projects? Reading a paragraph only to get to the end and realize you have no idea what you just read? Restlessness? Impulsivity? You may have ADHD…butyou may not.
Some seasons bring out the best and the worst in people. We enjoy the holidays but we tend to sleep less. make poor food choices. drink more. and spend more money than planned for gifts. Also - social gatherings and meeting family may trigger anxiety. As a result we depart from the holidays feeling tired. worn out and tense.
Food is everywhere during this season and often it is food that we don’t typically eat during other times of the year and we look forward to it. Very oftenfor people who have disordered eatingthe mental and emotional toll navigating food takes makes it nearly impossible to enjoy the celebration.
Since I specialize in working with adolescents it is common scenario for a parent to drag their reluctant high schooler into my office early on a Saturday morning for an intake. What the parent wants is often to the effect of: "How can you get my kid to care moreabout...
With the new school year starting for most students over the next couple of weeksboth parents and adolescents will undergo predictable stressors that come each fall. Parents begin another school year doing all they can to be preparedyet more often than not they anticipate that by October or November the typical struggle will ensue
What is “summer slump” or “summer backslide.” These terms address the regression in skills that students experience when they are enjoying their summer vacations away from their regular course rigor. While regression can be steep (e.g.up to 25% decline in reading skills)there is plenty that can be done.
Divorce causes feelings of profound loss and disruption in many areas of life. Fear of what is to come is normal and may be the only part of divorce that is to be expected. Stressangerand depression can all be part of the process. And this is just for the adults coping with divorce. What about the children?
Couples often seek marriage counseling because of unresolved conflict. Every relationship will have conflictbut marital conflict can be especially painful. When there is an argument and there isn’t repair we often feel disconnected and discouraged. Our 4 step process can help you repairrestore and strengthen your relationship.
All of us can relate to getting mad sometimes. All of us have “lost our cool” at times; have said something more harshly than we meant; or wish we could take back something we said or did while mad. We can’t control how we feelso the goal of anger management is not to stop feeling angry. The goal is to learn how to respond to situations or people more effectively
SAD is a type of depression that starts in the fall or winter and progressively gets worse. It improves around the spring and summer when the days get longer. SAD can occur also in the summerbut it is less common.
Eating disorders and issues surrounding food and body image seem to be growing in today’s culture for women and men. Indeedthe “typical” demographic of eating disturbances is that there is no typical demographic anymore
All parents want their child to be socially and emotionally competent. Social-emotional intelligence is a key to success in all areas.
Couples often get stuck in negative patterns of interaction. Ignoring basic communication rules and being unaware of communication pitfalls can slowly erode goodwill and positive sentimentleading to contempt and withdrawal.