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ADHD And The Holidays: A Survival Guide

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The holiday season is a special time, but to a parent of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it can be stressful. Children with ADHD typically need to stick to a routine, and all the disruptions combined with the excitement of the season can wreak havoc on their moods and behavior. Visiting family members, sugary treats and staying up late are just a few things that can interfere with day to day life.

But there is no need to cut ...

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Get To Know Dr. Tucker

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PTSD Myths And Facts

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will affect an estimated 20% of people who have experienced a traumatic event in the lives. Considering about 70% of adults in America have lived through at least one traumatic event, that means a lot of people will deal with PTSD. In fact, an estimated 13 million people have PTSD at any given time. But even with as common as the disorder is, it is surprisingly misunderstood.

One common myth is that only people with “weak character” ...

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Childhood Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms, Signs And Facts

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Bipolar disorder is more than shifting moods. It’s a chronic brain disorder most commonly marked by bouts of extreme and often impairing changes in thinking, mood and behavior. Symptoms may emerge gradually or suddenly, and they can appear at any time in a person’s life. Researchers have identified cases of bipolar disorder in every age group studied, including preschoolers.

Childhood bipolar disorder, also known as pediatric bipolar disorder, is much less commonly diagnosed than adults with the disorder. In fact, its ...

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ADHD Is Being Diagnosed Younger…Signs, Symptoms And Advice

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According to a recent report, children are being diagnosed with ADHD at younger ages, with one third of them earning a diagnosis before the age of six. The information was drawn from the 2014 National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette Syndrome, a follow-up to the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health. The median age of diagnosis for attention deficit disorder was seven years old.

ADHD rates have been rising at a steady 5% per year ...

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Ten Misconceptions About Autism

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Despite the fact that around one in every 68 children will be diagnosed with some form of autism, the disorder is not easily understood. Unfortunately there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism, and it leads to unnecessary fear and turmoil for both the diagnosed child and the parents. With proper treatment from a Newport Beach child psychiatrist who specializes in autism, many children on the spectrum can go on to lead normal, fulfilling lives.

Misinformation about autism is everywhere, ...

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Surprising Ways Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Change Someone

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Just like no two people are alike, no two traumatic brain injuries are ever exactly the same. But traumatic brain injuries do share some common symptoms, and unfortunately, one of them includes permanent changes. Luckily about 80% of traumatic brain injuries are mild, so the side effects will either be temporary or mild themselves. But after someone has suffered an injury to the brain, whether it be from sports or an auto or other accident, permanent brain changes are certainly ...

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Helpful Reminders For Parents Of Autistic Children

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Being a parent of an autistic child isn’t easy. You likely feel pressured to do everything to ensure your child behaves “normally,” displaying as few characteristics of autism as possible. There is also the threat of outside pressure, with others constantly giving you advice or telling you about “promising new studies.” In addition, you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is happy.

Getting your child autism and aspberger’s treatment from an autism specialist as ...

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Beating Holiday Blues With Women’s Group Therapy

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The holiday season is quickly approaching. For some, this really is “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for others, the holidays bring into sharp focus how desperately unhappy they feel. Unfortunately, the holidays are a prime time for depression, especially for women. They may be susceptible to the stress of unrealistically high expectations, feel lonely, face difficult family members and the financial pressure of traveling and buying gifts.

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How To Handle Controlling And Aggressive People

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In a perfect world, none of us would ever have to deal with difficult people—but unfortunately, we all do. They may be co-workers we see at work, acquaintances who are friends with our friends, or even family members we’ll have to see at get-togethers and holiday parties. Sometimes these people just have strong personalities, and sometimes their behavior is indicative of underlying mental issues.

On the surface, controlling and aggressive people may come across as hostile, demanding, confrontational and possibly even ...

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Depression and how it leads to Stress

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Not all stress is harmful to mental health. It motivates us and keeps us primed to respond to danger. But too much stress is very damaging to physical and mental well-being. In fact, chronic stress can lead to clinical depression.

Sustained or chronic stress elevates your “stress hormone” cortisol while reducing your levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Improper serotonin and dopamine levels are one of the main causes of depression. When the stress response fails to shut off ...

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Questions About Self-Injury, Answered

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Self-injury, also called self-harm, is the act of deliberately harming your own body in ways such as cutting or burning yourself. While it seems odd to a mentally healthy person, to someone with this impulse control disorder, self-injury seems like the best way to deal with emotional pain. About 90% of people who struggle with self-injury begin harming themselves as pre-teens or adolescents, so it is usually handled by a child psychiatrist.

Despite the way it seems, self-harm is not ...

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