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...