Here we are, almost a year into the COVID pandemic. This time last year, we knew it was serious. We knew it was spreading. But we didn’t yet know that we would soon go inside and have yet to come back out. This time last year, most of us didn’t even own a mask. This […]
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Changes in season are hard, particularly during COVID and social isolation. 2020 has been such a difficult year for many. With winter coming, it will be important to take good care of our physical and mental health. One of the best things that we can do now for ourselves (and those we care for) is […]
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The terms “distance learning” and “homeschooling” are hotly discussed topics right now. Many districts and schools around the United States are opting not to start the year in person. While this helps ensure all of our safety, it is still frustrating for parents and children alike. You fear that your child will fall behind. You […]
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These days, during the COVID-19 crisis, everyone experiences varying degrees of stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. The world seems overwhelming and unmanageable at times, especially when combined with increased isolation. What’s more, we often feel at a loss for control or predictability. We don’t know what hard even could be next. It may feel to […]
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Coronavirus is still around. Most of us went indoors in March thinking that it would be a few weeks of social distancing and isolation, and we would be back out into the world. Now, it’s looking more like we have weeks or even months ahead of us. In looking at that, it’s time to start […]
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Corona virus concerns seem to be everywhere: the television, the internet, the news, and our homes. Our children are out of school, and our college students are likely home early. And it seems like there are no clear answers or ways to help. These concerns represent a lot of uncertainty, and as a result, cause us a lot of stress.
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Children commonly have a hard time talking to their parents. It can be hard to open up. For some, it is a normal developmental stage. Other children are described by parents as shy or sensitive. Additionally, children with anxiety or depression often keep difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences to themselves. There are many reasons that children […]
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Sleep is a complicated issue with many inter-connected components. However, if you are struggling with sleep, consider making some dietary changes to promote improvements in your sleep cycle.
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The holidays are coming…. When you hear that phrase, does it strike fear and panic? Does it remind you of family stress? Or does it bring up warm memories of time with your family, eating pie or other goodies in front of a warm fire? If you are like most people, you probably have mixed […]
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Luckily a wide variety of very effective treatment options are available to people with ADHD.
Treatment options range from therapy, adaptive approaches, lifestyle strategies and medications. If the ADHD interferes with a child’s school functioning, schools are required to make accommodations for students with ADHD. Adults may be able to request assistance at their place of employment. Usually a combination of approaches is more successful than any one alone.
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Many people have anxiety or a child or family member who is anxious. It might be that there is a history of worrying or stress. Maybe the person avoids doing things that are scary, like approaching dogs, making speeches, or driving. Maybe the person tends to be overly careful or repetitive about hand-washing or cleaning. If the anxiety is distressing to the person, or interferes with the way s/he wants to live her life, she may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are common, and recent research has found that 1 in 3 people are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.
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Self-compassion is an important part of parenting children and adolescents. A few years ago, the Washington Post published an article called “Teaching Children Self-Compassion by Modeling it Ourselves” by Mandy Lange. The article addresses the idea that children learn how to respond to their difficulties, stressors, and mistakes through their own experiences, and through what […]
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