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The Effects of Screens on Kids and How to Set Limits By Dr. Jyothsna Bhat

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Addiction, Parenting, The Wire |

“My precious,” coos Gollum from the Lord of the Rings, clutching his prized possession, the One Ring to Rule Them All. His obsession to possess the ring drives him slowly to madness. I often wonder, as a clinical psychologist who works with children and adolescents struggling with digital addiction, if the fantasy saga wasn’t in fact a cautionary tale about smartphones and the other ubiquitous, all-knowing gadgets that rule our lives, impinging on our children’s cognitive development, impacting our social relationships, and giving us all a literal pain in the neck. “My 11-year old son has been throwing tantrums and talking back, he is always irritable and seems depressed,”...

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ADHD or Early Interpersonal Trauma?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in ADHD, The Wire |

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been a controversial diagnosis that began to steadily increase during the 1990’s. Since then, the numbers of children diagnosed with ADHD has risen to alarming numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2016 a total of 6.1 million children between the ages of 2 and 17 were diagnosed with ADHD in the USA. Further, a recent study found that between 2003 and 2011, 2 million additional children were diagnosed with ADHD with 69% of these children currently taking medication (Visser et al., 2014). The diagnosis of ADHD is often prompted by parent and teacher reports of the child’s behavior. A pediatrician, psychologist, or...

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Treatment Approaches for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Dr. Fabiana Franco

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Obsessive Compulsive, The Wire |

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a serious mental disorder that is more prevalent than once thought. About 2 to 3 percent of the population will struggle with OCD at some point in their lifetime (Pittenger, Kelmendi, Bloch, Krystal, & Coric, 2005). Treatment Approaches for OCD  To date,a combination of  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) are the most effective forms of psychotherapy for OCD. Some researchers understand OCD as an inability to tolerate anxiety. For example, many people experience the compulsion for excessive hand washing as a symptom of OCD. After touching a doorknob, you may feel the urge to wash your hands; just in case...

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