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Posted on May 22, 2019 in Anxiety, Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Family, Mental Health Awareness, News, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Skills, Therapy

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety under certain situations is normal. For example, when a child is taking a test or when he or she is asked to speak or perform in front of an audience – these are situations where it is normal for children to experience some anxiety. But what if a child is always worrying, always anxious? When the anxiety of a child is disproportionate to the situation it can be termed as an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder in children is difficult to gauge because children are not very good at expressing their problems and anxious children are usually quieter. So how do you tell if a child has an anxiety disorder? Types of Anxiety Disorders General Anxiety Disorder – This is when a child worries almost every day over everything. Other than the usual things that children worry about, like homework or tests, kids with General Anxiety Disorder tend to worry about little things like playing with friends, riding the school bus or sometimes even about greater things like...

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Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Counseling, Family, Seniors

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

If you or a loved one begin to show signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, it is important to consult a doctor for a diagnosis. Memory loss, behavior changes, trouble with speech and decision making are some warning signs which may be indicative of Alzheimer’s. What makes this disease so difficult to diagnose is the fact that it shares symptoms with other common conditions such as depression, poor nutrition and taking medicines that do not work well together. It is possible for a doctor to find out whether these symptoms are occurring due to Alzheimer’s or some other disease. An early diagnosis can help prepare for the future. There are medications available to control the symptoms in primary stages of Alzheimer’s. These drugs may prevent symptoms from getting any worse for 6-12 months. Some common symptoms of Alzheimer’s include: Memory impairment Difficulty in planning, problem solving and concentration Difficulty in carrying out daily tasks Confusion regarding location and passage of time Showing visual and space comprehension difficulties Reduced vocabulary and problem...

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Posted on Apr 3, 2019 in Children, Counseling, Family, Parenting, Screen Time, Social Skills, Teens, Therapy, Toddlers

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

Growing up, children emulate adults around them – this is no secret. In a hyper-connected world where adults seem to always be hooked to their computer and smart-device screens, it is only natural that children will demand their share of screen-time too. Often, busy parents hand over their laptops, tablets or smartphones to their children to keep them preoccupied and out of their way. Children have grown so attached to these devices that parents have now begun to use screen time as a reward or incentive for good behavior. Parenting experts are against this practice of using devices to bribe children. The American Academy of Pediatrics is against exposing children below 18 months to any kind of device usage. They may be permitted to use these devices beyond this age but only under parental supervision to consume content tailored for their age. Children in the 2-5 age group should not ideally have more than an hour of screen time per day. These precautionary rules are in place to keep...

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Posted on Aug 23, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Social Skills, Therapists

Social Skills Strategies for Children

Why are social skills such a challenge? Social skills can be a challenge for children because there are several components that go into socialization.  The following is a list of skills boys and girls utilize on a daily basis to socialize with others: Theory of Mind refers to understanding that others have a different perspective or opinion than yours and recognizing others have feelings. Executive functioning involves taking the initiative to make plans with others, following through on finishing tasks, organizing materials needed to carry out plans, remembering what others say to carry on a conversation and filtering  ones own thoughts before impulsively sharing everything. Interest and motivation to socialize with others. Reading and picking up on social cues by visually to paying attention to facial cues and body language of others. What strategies are helpful to strengthen social skills? Emotion recognition. Children need to be able to identify their own emotions. as well as others, in order to perform well in social situations.  Their skills can be strengthened...

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Posted on Feb 13, 2017 in Education, Family, News, Relationships, Self Esteem

Love Yourself, Be Healthy

It’s Valentine’s Day. That day when we show those we care about how much we love them. Do you ever stop and consider taking time to show yourself a bit of love, too? Keeping ourselves fit and healthy is the best gift we can give to ourselves – and to those we love. Healthy body, healthy mind Loving yourself means caring for your needs in body and mind. Some ways to do that are: • Stay – or become – physically active. Do you have a desk job? How often do you get up to stretch your legs? Do you have a physically challenging job? How often do you take time to stretch or relax in a nice bath? Movement and stretching are helpful to keep your body healthy. Try wearing a pedometer to monitor your daily steps; add yoga or pilates to your daily routine. • Get quality – and quantity – sleep. Are you getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night? If your mind won’t...

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Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Anxiety, Counseling, Elderly, Family, News

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder that mainly affects memory and retaining power of the brain. As the disease progresses, it interferes with everyday tasks, social skills and ultimately starts degenerating brain cells and tissue. It affects intellect, daily chores, social interactions and memory of the most basic learned activities. It is a part of a group of disorders known as dementia, and all of them cause problems with memory, intellect and social behavior. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of its onset. Signs and symptoms to look out for Alzheimer’s disease Although each patient is different and reacts differently to changes in the brain, there are some symptoms that are common to most Alzheimer’s patients. Confusion and forgetfulness in day to day activities. Trouble following numbers and working with simple calculations. Forgetting recent information like appointment dates, new chores or names of new people. Recent memories are affected the most at first. Inability or...

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