Month: October 2009

Women Who Wish Their Spouses Would Die

“I feel awful saying this,” Mary told me during one of our phone counseling sessions, “but I often wish my husband would die. I feel like a terrible person saying this, but I think about it a lot.” “I hear this fairly often,” I responded. “You are thinking this, not because you are a terrible person, but because you feel trapped and you don’t know how to get out of the trap.” “But my husband is a really nice person and he loves me. Yet all I want to do is get away.” Mary consulted with me because she...

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Healing Social Phobia

What is Social Phobia? Social phobia – or social anxiety – is the fear of interacting with others in various situations: groups, work, school, parties, on the telephone, in a market or store, and so on. People with social phobia experience extreme anxiety or panic when they know that they have to talk or interact with others. They often find themselves isolating rather than risk the rejection or ridicule that they fear. People with social phobia may be saying things to themselves such as: What if I make a fool of myself? What if I can’t think of anything...

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ADHD: Other Concerns and Conditions

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often occurs with other disorders (called comorbidities of ADHD). About half of children with ADHD referred to clinics have behavioral disorders as well as ADHD. The combination of ADHD with other behavioral disorders often presents extra challenges to affected individuals, educators, and healthcare providers. Therefore, it is important for doctors to screen every child with ADHD for other disorders and problems. Difficult Peer Relationships ADHD can have many effects on a child’s development. It can make childhood friendships, or peer relationships, very difficult. These relationships contribute to children’s immediate happiness and may be very important to...

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My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD: Now What?

It is understandable for parents to have concerns when their child is diagnosed with ADHD, especially about treatments. It is important for parents to remember that while ADHD can’t be cured, it can be successfully managed. There are many treatment options, so parents and doctors should work closely with everyone involved in the child’s treatment — teachers, coaches, therapists, and other family members. Taking advantage of all the resources available will help you guide your child towards success. Remember, you are your child’s strongest advocate! In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior...

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Diagnosing ADHD

Deciding if a child has ADHD is a several step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) is used by mental health professionals to help diagnose ADHD. This diagnostic standard helps ensure that people are appropriately diagnosed and treated for ADHD. Using the same standard across communities will help determine the prevalence and public health impact of ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to...

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