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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 9, 2019 in Asperger Syndrom, Autism, News, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Psychological Testing, Toddlers

Autism: Testing and Assessment

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comprises a cluster of developmental disorders which impact the way a person behaves, communicates and socializes with others. A diagnosis of ASD comprises several conditions which used to be diagnosed separately: Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Early diagnosis can significantly benefit a child with ASD. However, diagnosing ASD can be difficult as there is no lab test that can determine if an individual is suffering from the condition. Doctors usually have to rely on observation of the person’s behavior and listening to their parent’s concerns. Autism is generally diagnosed after the following are completed Developmental Screening Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation As part of Developmental Screening, the doctor appointed will screen your child for any developmental complaints during regular and routine visits. The doctor may or may not refer you to a specialist in case developmental disorders are spotted. The specialist’s job is to run physical tests on your child to eliminate the possibility of any other causes that might be leading...

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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 Mar 18, 2019 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, News, Social Anxiety

Coping with Anxiety

Anxiety is a serious condition. It is highly underrated and widely misunderstood. Sometimes when people suffer from anxiety, their friends and family write it off as ‘just a tantrum’. Anxiety is not something that people came up with in order to get attention. There are several crippling effects that anxiety has on both the mind and the body. Anxiety is waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, feeling like you will be physically sick for no reason. Anxiety is having suicidal and depressive thoughts even when your life is going the way you have always wanted it to. Anxiety is feeling helpless in a situation that you have no control over. If you know someone suffering from anxiety, it is important to understand what they might be going through in order to better help them. Perhaps the worst part about anxiety for the people standing by, looking at a loved one go through something like this, is the helplessness they feel. You may not...

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Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in Counseling, Inspiration

Friday Inspiration: Venting is Helpful

Sometimes, just the act of venting is helpful. Counseling provides a safe haven for precisely that kind of free-ranging release: You can say things in the therapist’s office, with the therapist present, that would be incendiary or hurtful in your living room. ~Laura...

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