In the work I do, I frequently meet parents who are fighting through understanding what is going on with their kids. Still others are trying to find someone who will be a good fit. These I understand as parents. What baffles me is the parents who know the diagnosis, but have not put even basic… Continue reading Learn About the Services Available to You
Many, many, MANY times when I am seeing a new client who has seen other clinicians I find they have a stack of diagnoses. This seems especially true with children. My favorite are the mutually exclusive diagnoses, such as the child who has a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. These two diagnoses… Continue reading When it Comes to Diagnosis, Simpler is Often Better
I remember once being asked when, as a parent, you got to take off the referee jersey and put up the whistle when it came to your kids. I think I laughed, and told them it was yours for life, you just blew the whistle less when they moved out of the home. This, along… Continue reading Friday Parenting Thoughts: The Job Doesn’t End
This question is one of the harder one a parent faces: Should I medicate them? There’s a fear of whether we are simply masking symptoms vs. healing. There’s also a very real trend in mental health to go with excuses rather than reasons for problems that need to be conquered. And, of course, there is… Continue reading Should I Medicate My Child?
One of the big learning curves to entering the mental health world is getting all the different credentials straight. It does not help that some sound of similar: psychiatrist and psychologist. Understanding what each one is and does can help you figure out how best to help your child, so let’s explore this a little… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist and a Counselor?
My wife recently had an article shared with her by a friend. This article makes the point so much more eloquently than I was trying to make on Wednesday, so I thought I would share it. This article was originally published in the November 1994 edition of “Brand News”, a newsletter of The Cerebral Palsy Association… Continue reading Welcome to Holland
I have written previously about how a diagnosis can actually be a relief. People in that situation finally have an answer as to why there are problems, and can begin addressing it. However, not everyone views a diagnosis with a relief. Many dread it, hoping that some other factor is causing problems for their child.… Continue reading A Diagnosis is Not the End of the World