A Diagnosis is Not the End of the World

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

Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, is one of the more difficult disorders for people to swallow.  A former co-worker of mine once summed up many people’s thoughts quite nicely, “ODD is just an excuse to act the fool.”  To be honest, I understand that thought.  After all, ODD seems to be just saying they argue,… Continue reading Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Is it really a disorder?

Our culture today is obsessed with labeling things.  We want to call a restless child ADHD.  If you are moody you are Bipolar.  If your child argues they are ODD.   These diagnoses are very real, but a tendency to over diagnose has lead to parents being justifiably skeptical about whether these things even exist.… Continue reading Is it really a disorder?

So, your child was just diagnosed? Remain calm!

You just got the word, you son has Autism!  Or perhaps it’s that your daughter has ADHD.  What are you going to do? Is this the end of life as you know it?  You had so many dreams, but now all you can think of is your child suffering through years and years of counselors… Continue reading So, your child was just diagnosed? Remain calm!