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Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Anger, Depression, Holidays, News, Stress, Therapy

Five Tips for Dealing With Family Conflicts During the Holidays

In an ideal world, holidays are a time of unadulterated love and joy where close-knit families come together to spend quality time with one another. Unfortunately, this is not that world. Here things are far from ideal. Families quarrel, relationships break, and people get hurt all the time. And the holidays are no exception. Problem is, the hurt, the disappointment, the anger, the frustration, and the heartache magnify when there is a family conflict during the holidays. It could be a fight between spouses, a conflict between two or more generations in the family (you and your in-laws, or you and the children), quarreling between adult siblings who don’t get along anymore, and it could be so much more. It could be a new family conflict in the holidays. It could be long-standing family disagreements which will come afresh in the holidays. Or it could simply be years of growing apart within the family such that spending the holidays together feels ‘forced’ to you or to them. The bad...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, Counseling, Drug Abuse, Education, Family, News, Parenting, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Teens, Therapy

4 Reasons for a Dip in Your Child’s Performance in School

Busy parents running between office and home would prefer things to run as smoothly as possible and the last thing they want to hear is a problem with children at school or below average performance in academics. In the midst of all your regular tasks handling an unmotivated or tense child can become more frustrating if you are unable to control your temper or your child becomes unresponsive. The only way forward is to start spending more time with your child so he or she can slowly trust you and share reason behind the lack of interest in school activities. If your child is not willing to share details about issues troubling him at school then you can try speaking to him about any of the following instances as these are common reasons affecting children in school. Bullying in class Bullying is among the most common reason for children disliking school and expressing disinterest in schoolwork. Children as young as five to six years of age can be very...

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Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Anger, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Therapy

Anger Management 101

Everyone, no matter their age, gets angry at times. It is unavoidable. What is important is that you recognize that you are angry and take steps immediately to stem it. Anger is not all bad. It is a natural and adaptive response of the body to threats. This means, a certain amount of anger is necessary for survival. But how you express it, makes all the difference. Three approaches to tackle anger There are three approaches to anger- you can either express it, suppress it or calm down. Expressing anger- Try to express your anger through assertiveness and not aggressiveness. Being assertive does not mean that you have to be demanding or pushy- but putting your thoughts across respectfully. Suppressing anger– You can also suppress your anger by converting it or redirecting it. Rein in the anger, don’t think about it and focus your thoughts on positive things. Try to convert it into positive behavior. Calming yourself– The final method is to calm yourself. Calming down means controlling both...

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Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, News, Parenting

Eight Signs Your Child is Being Bullied

Bullying can be a traumatic experience for children. If your child has been behaving differently, chances are that he or she is being bullied. Though you would like your children to be forthright about it, you should understand that they may mostly be embarrassed or scared to talk about it. As a parent, it is your responsibility to look for signs of distress in your child’s behavior and act on them.   Here are a few red flags that you should be aware of and look out for: Avoiding school If your child pretends to be sick every day in hopes of getting to stay at home, she is probably being bullied at school. It is normal for children to fake illness once in a while to avoid going to the school, but if the habit seems persistent then there might be an underlying reason for it. A lot of kids facing bullying lie to their parents about school activities getting canceled, so that they do not have to...

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Posted on Feb 6, 2015 in Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Counseling, Depression, News, Therapy

How to Tell if a Loved One Has Bipolar Disorder

We all have our set of mood swings, and don’t feel on top of the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but when do these changes in mood add up to bipolar syndrome? Identifying possible bipolar disorder For a person to be suffering from bipolar disorder, there should be both highs and lows, of mania and depression. An unusually high-energy phase followed by a terrible low. If it is one or the other state alone that is experienced, then, it is not a sign of bipolar disorder. A manic phase or a period of high self-esteem and great mood should be one that lasts at least one week. The person feels all powerful during the manic period and doesn’t need to sleep too much. Your loved one could be very talkative, with a flood of ideas; they might even go on a shopping spree. The high should not be induced by drugs to be called a manic phase. Hopelessness and emptiness During the depressed phase, the...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Anger, Children, Counseling, Depression, Family, News, Therapy

Could Your Child Be Depressed?

The majority of people think depression affects only adults. Maybe you have a child at home who is suffering from depression and you might have passed it off it as bad mood, stress from school or simply attributed their mood to general growing up. Just as parents take care of the physical well being of their children, it is also important to be aware of their emotional and mental health. About depression Depression is a mental illness that affects our moods and in turn, our moods affect the way we act and react. When we are in a bad mood, we experience a feeling of irritability, hopelessness, anger, numbness or all of those combined. When such a state lingers for a prolonged time, it can be identified as a depression. Recognize the signs of depression in children In defense of parents or adult caretakers, it is not easy to recognize signs of depression in kids or teens. They go through many physical changes that affect their moods on a...

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