Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children
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Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

When children are unable to form normal attachments to parents or guardians, they develop Reactive Attachment Disorder. If your child fails to form an attachment, it is a symptom that cannot be ignored. Such a problem needs serious consideration, and it needs to be resolved during early childhood, or else it could lead to conflicts later in life. This disorder can severely affect how the child deals with other people when he grows up.

It is important to understand that normal parenting and parenting a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder are very different. When this disorder is not properly managed, it can impair the growth of the child as well as his ability to express himself emotionally and to form relationships. Children with RAD typically have very low level of emotional intelligence (EQ).

Understanding children with RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder, helps us learn more about the human brain. It is known for a fact that 80% of the development of the brain occurs in the first three years of life.… Read the rest

Gifted Child: The Mixed Blessing
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Gifted Child: The Mixed Blessing

In Canada and USA almost every child in a public school gets accessed for giftedness, typically in grade 3. Yet, it excludes many children in private schools (e.g. Montessori or Waldorf) or children who missed school testing e.g. new immigrants. Even gifted immigrant children who are not fluent in English may not pass standardized tests as their verbal IQ will not be properly reflected. In those situations parents can wait and then request the school to reconsider and retest their child. The school will typically send them to licensed psychologists for  a privately conducted gifted assessment. The costs of these private assessments may be prohibiting, especially for new immigrants. I usually recommend parents to start with free resources such as Gifted 101 at Hoagies Gifted website or gifted screening test at Advanced Psychology website. These online resources help parents evaluate the chances that their child is gifted before paying money for a private assessment.… Read the rest

Being Imprisoned by Anxiety and Stress
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Being Imprisoned by Anxiety and Stress

Life is full of deadlines, wrangles, demands and frustrations. For a huge number of people, stress is so common  that it has become part of their life. It is not that stress is always bad. In moderate amount, it can encourage you to do your best and also help  you work under pressure. However, when you are regularly under pressure, your body and mind become affected. You can secure yourself by detecting the symptoms and signs of anxiety caused by extreme stress and making a move to prevent or mitigate the damages.

What is stress and anxiety?

Stress is a usual physical reaction to happenings that make you feel upset or threatened by your stability in some manner. Upon sensing danger—whether it’s imagined or real—the defenses of the body rise in a faster, automatic process referred to as the stress reaction or the  “freeze” response.

Anxiety, on the other hand, is feeling anxious when going through a situation that is challenging, like a job interview, a tough exam or a blind date.… Read the rest

Insomnia and Stimulus Control Therapy
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Insomnia and Stimulus Control Therapy

Insomnia is among the most common disorders today.  Many studies have been conducted to ascertain its specific causes and treatments. Most of these studies indicate that treatments are dependent on an individual’s personality, and they vary greatly from one person to another. One major approach that has been found to work amongst many; however, is stimulus control therapy.  This is simply a type of therapy that involves overhauling an individual’s current perception of the bedroom.

Basics

As an effective tool for solving sleeping problems, stimulus control attempts to change a patient’s perspective of the bedroom. One major cause of sleeping difficulties includes anxiety and depression. For some people, the inability to sleep comes from the association they have drawn in regard to their bedrooms. Some take the bedroom as a place of passing the night to pave the way for another busy day. Stimulus control seeks to change this perception and instead teach patients that the bedroom is a place for relaxation and winding down.… Read the rest

Using the Rorschach Test for Detecting Depression and Suicide Risk
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Using the Rorschach Test for Detecting Depression and Suicide Risk

Cases of suicides and depression have been on the rise all over the world for one reason or another. While depression could be a primary cause for suicidal acts among many teenagers today, contributing factors such as unemployment, neglect, pain due to chronic and incurable diseases, as well as racism, are largely contributing to many suicidal deaths.

With the development of a comprehensive suicidal test system known as the Rorschach test in 1921, a number of potential suicidal cases have been detected and averted. The Rorschach test, otherwise known as the Rorschach Inkblot test, was established to detect or predict group membership and categorizing them into color dominated responses, morbid content, vista responses, and color shading blends. It was also developed to measure distortions in human cognitive as one way of predicting potential suicidal cases. The Rorschach test was created by a German psychiatrist named Hermann Rorschach, after whom the test was named.… Read the rest

Detecting ADHD Signs In Your Child
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Detecting ADHD Signs In Your Child

Typical signs of ADHD such hyperactivity, acting on impulse without consideration for consequences, short attention span, and reduced working memory capacity affect almost individuals who have ADHD, no matter their age. However, severity of these symptoms often ranges by age. Signs may be difficult to notice in preschool-age children. Common behavior in active children  periodically involves all of the main symptoms. What differentiates ADHD from common behaviors is the consistency and severity of symptoms.

Commonly, more obvious symptoms of ADHD are more noticeable in children from the ages of 6 to 12 than the other age groups. Starting school typically increases severity of symptoms and makes them more recognizable. For  ADHD children, school is the biggest challenge both from the point of socialization with other kids and their academic performance. However, most of the time, it is hard to differentiate ADHD from ordinary child behavior. Teachers are quick to label any active and/or bored child with ADHD.… Read the rest

Emotional Oversensitivity and How to Manage it
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Emotional Oversensitivity and How to Manage it

What does being emotional mean?

Being emotional does not imply that you lack control; it has to do with three tendencies that produce emotional stimulation in various ways. These include:

Emotional Reactivity

Emotional reactivity is the term often used in connection with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). An individual with BPD not only responds with excessive emotion, but also behaves intensely, and in ways that don’t suit the circumstance. They may scream in public, sleep for a few days, or harm themselves. Shari Y. Manning, PhD, in her book “Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder” explains that this reactivity is not manipulative or self-indulgent, which is a common  myth connected to BPD.

Alternatively, research has put forward that individuals with BPD have an emotional baseline that is very high. If the emotional baseline of an average adult person is around 20 (on a scale range of 0 to 100), then for people with of BPD the average emotional baseline is at 80.… Read the rest

Coping With Separation Anxiety in Children
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Coping With Separation Anxiety in Children

Young children are prone to a variety of disorders. However, it is separation anxiety that continues to baffle experts the most. The phenomena starts from the age of seven months to two years, but can progress to beyond in extreme cases. Symptoms of separation anxiety vary but this disorder is often manifested by a child crying and appearing uncomfortable if separated from loved ones.  Yet, for many experts in child psychology, this condition is just a normal phase in childhood development and should only be worrisome if it continues for a long time.

How it Starts

Babies younger than six months often have no problems warming up to their caregivers. This is so, even if the primary caregiver is not the biological parent. More so, it is the parents who often develop an anxiety disorder when the baby seems to warm up more to strangers than to them.  As the kids learn more about themselves and their surroundings, they begin to identify with certain people.… Read the rest

Hypnosis as a Psychological Tool
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Hypnosis as a Psychological Tool

The definitions of hypnosis may vary. The American Psychological Association defines it as a therapeutic technique designed to relax the participant and to focus his mind through a series of instructions. Hypnosis is carried out through cooperative interactions between the participant and the clinician. Now, many clinicians agree that hypnosis can have a powerful therapeutic effect, and this technique can be used for a huge range of psychological conditions like anxiety, pain, mood disorders, etc. Apart from this, hypnosis is so powerful that it can also help people change their habits like smoking, drinking, etc.

Effects of Hypnosis

The effects of hypnosis can vary dramatically from one person to another. While few people feel a sense of aloofness and relaxation, others seem to feel that their actions occur without their conscious or effort. Some people remain in a state of full awareness and are even able to carry out conversations under hypnosis.… Read the rest