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
One of my favorite things to do when working with teenagers is explain their disorder. This is even more fun if they have been in past treatment with other therapists, as they have picked up a few diagnoses over the year. Many kids can tell me what they’ve been diagnosed, but few know what the… Continue reading Help Your Child Understand
Many times we as a culture get uptight about a mental health diagnosis. There’s a big movement within the mental health field to not diagnose people. “No labels” and “no stigma” is the big fuss they make. There is some point to this, after all if I tell you a child is on the Autistic… Continue reading The Relief of a Diagnosis
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
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?
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!