Wednesday, January 29, 2014

5 Ways to Boost Your ADHD Child's Confidence

Being criticized by adults all day can quickly sap an ADHD child's self-esteem. Help your child build his confidence when facing challenges.

Transgender Identity and Sexuality

What is Transgender?
Transgender people are a diverse group of individuals who cross or transcend culturally defined categories of gender. Typically, sex is assigned at birth, most often based on genital appearance, Gender identity (one’s inner sense of being a boy/man or girl/ woman) is usually congruent with one’s assigned sex. However, transgender people show us that this is not always the case: Their gender identity may vary significantly from their sex assigned at birth. Transgender people include transsexuals (those who desire or have had hormone therapy or surgery to feminize or masculinize their body); crossdressers (those who wear clothing associated with the other sex and/or spend part of the time in the other gender role); drag queens and kings (those who combine hyperfemininity with hypermasculinity, usually for entertainment); and other individuals who may describe themselves as bigender or two-spirit (both man and woman), gender questioning (especially common among youth), gender variant or gender queer (who are people challenging gender norms in various ways).

Teenage Internet Addiction Symptoms & Treatment Help

Teen Internet Addiction Overview

It’s no secret that many teens are big fans of video games and the Internet. But for some young people, what started as an interest in technology, a means of entertainment, or a way to keep in touch with friends may morph into a serious behavior disorder.

Teen Internet addiction is much more than just a strong desire to be online. As is the case with other behavior disorders — such as compulsive gambling — teen Internet addiction is marked by a progressive loss of control over one’s ability to avoid, regulate, or limit a behavior. In this case, the behavior in question is spending time on the Internet.

Monday, January 27, 2014

U.S. children: overweight and oversexed?

Psychologists decry the cultural and marketing trends that are undermining children's mental—and physical—health.

Whether it's Tony the Tiger or the Pussycat Dolls, today's children are bombarded with advertising and entertainment images that negatively affect their development-and in the name of social justice, psychologists need to help curtail those trends, said psychologists at APA's Annual Convention.

How to respond if your child has bullied someone else online

If you found out that your child has bullied someone else, or your child reached out to you for help
handling the situation, what would you say or do?

You are the expert on your own child. But, this likely will be a sensitive conversation, so here are some general tips to work towards a positive interaction, and specific strategies to help you handle the situation.

How to respond if your child has been the target of online bullying

If your child has reached out to you and asked you for help to handle a bullying situation, what would you say or do? Below I provide some general tips and strategies to help you have a successful conversation and handle the most frequently reported problems of bullying. Remember, you are the expert about your own child and also the role model for how to handle difficult situations.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Anxiety In Teens – Symptoms & Treatment

It is normal for teens to worry. Grades, friends, dating, competitive sports, family conflicts and other situations can be nerve-racking. But when anxiety is excessive, irrational, or stands in a teenager’s way of achieving their goals and functioning in a healthy way, an anxiety disorder may be the cause.

Managing Pain with Opiates

More Americans than ever are struggling with both pain and addiction. In the past 25 years alone, unintentional drug overdoses have increased by 500%. Most of these deaths have been attributed to prescription painkillers, which now kill more people than do heroin and cocaine combined.

GROWING UP WITH ADHD A 40-year study follows untreated children into adulthood.

The importance of adequately treating ADHD in young people was underscored by a four-decade study, the longest of its kind, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2012. Researchers led by Rachel Klein, PhD - followed a group of 135 white, middle- class males with combined-type ADHD from childhood into adulthood. The children were free of conduct problems, such as aggression, taunting, lying, and having general disregard for rules. None of the subjects were on stimulant medication after age 13, due to a belief (since discredited) that adolescents would become addicted to such drugs. In fact, few received any kind of ongoing therapy for the disorder.

Friday, January 10, 2014

5 Ways to Boost Your ADHD Child's Confidence

Being criticized by adults all day can quickly sap an ADHD child's self-esteem. Help your child build his confidence when facing challenges.

Addressing Comorbid ADHD, Substance Abuse Disorder in Adolescents

An interview with Timothy Wilens, M.D., psychopharmacology expert and director of the Center of Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital talks about the intersection of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance use disorders (SUDs)  “Adolescent Substance Use and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Real-World Clinical Practice Essentials.”

Q. How prevalent is ADHD and comorbid SUD diagnoses in the United States?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Train Your Brain to Focus

Next time you are sitting in a meeting, take a look around. The odds are high that you will see your colleagues checking screens, texting, and emailing while someone is talking or making a presentation. Many of us are proud of our prowess in multitasking, and wear it like a badge of honor.

Multitasking may help us check off more things on our to-do lists. But it also makes us more prone to making mistakes, more likely to miss important information and cues, and less likely to retain information in working memory, which impairs problem solving and creativity.

Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are

We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the Worst Case Scenario Handbook, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how much we have on our plates when we communicate about our work.

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

“If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years?”

Such a question opens us up to fresh possibilities, to reflect on what matters most to us, and even what deep values might guide us through life. This approach gives managers a tool for coaching their teams to get better results.

Contrast that mind-opening query with a conversation about what’s wrong with you, and what you need to do to fix yourself. That line of thinking shuts us down, puts us on the defensive, and narrows our possibilities to rescue operations. Managers should keep this in mind, particularly during performance reviews.

That question about your perfect life in ten years comes from Richard Boyatzis, a professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western, and an old friend and colleague. His recent research on the best approach to coaching has used brain imaging to analyze how coaching affects the brain differently when you focus on dreams instead of failings. These findings have great implications for how to best help someone – or yourself — improve.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Expert Performance and Deliberate Practice

EXPERTISE refers to the mechanisms underlying the superior achievement of an expert, i.e. "one who has acquired special skill in or knowledge of a particular subjects through professional training and practical experience" (Webster's dictionary, 1976, p. 800). The term expert is used to describe highly experienced professionals such as medical doctors, accountants, teachers and scientists, but has been expanded to include any individual who attained their superior performance by instruction and extended practice: highly skilled performers in the arts, such as music, painting and writing, sports, such as swimming, running and golf and games, such as bridge and chess.




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