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Month: November 2009

The Importance of Peer Support

Been there!  Done that!  I am undertaking a new challenge in my life, working as a Certified peer support Specialist for the local community mental health center.  Kansas is one of the pioneers in developing the program, which empowers recovering consumers to assist others in meeting daily and lifetime challenges. The program is underwritten by the federal Medicaid program and administered by state Social and Rehabilitation Services.  Here, an outreach program through Wichita State University provides the necessary training and continued support. Not only does Peer Support provide a valuable service for those in need, it further allows personal growth through...

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Avoiding Your Feelings by Focusing on Your Partner

We all have many addictive ways of avoiding feeling our painful feelings and taking responsibility for them. Some of the ways are obvious, such as using substances and processes. Some of the ways can be very subtle. Leon often struggled with feeling empty inside. Inner emptiness is a symptom of a lack of love inside, and Leon frequently created this inner lack of love with his self-judgments and staying in his head – ignoring his feelings. Sometimes he would fill the emptiness with food, work or TV. But other times he would act out addictively by bringing up issues...

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ODD Child Parenting: When Your Child Becomes Violent

This article deals with addressing when is a good time to get the police involved in handling an oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) child’s violent outburst. While involving the police doesn’t really help very much when you’re child is quite young, it does seem to have the desired effects when it comes to dealing with violent child behavior in older kids and teenagers. A number of parents are hesitant in approaching the police and for a number of reasons. The main reason, though, remains to be the number of stories doing rounds about situations going out of hand when the police are involved, most of which are exaggerated or untrue anyway. Some parents get the impression that their children could be unforgiving. Some are afraid of losing them, and some others think they might go away. A majority of the time, these fears are unjustifiable. The police, on the whole, try and do their best in helping you, and spoiling the future of your child is not their aim. The point being, at times it becomes necessary for a parent to involve the police in dealing with their ODD child and his violent child behavior. This is how you should take it forward; if your ODD child is turning violent or abusive, if he is destroying any kind of property, and if you think you can no longer handle the...

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How to Stop Arguing and Start Talking with Your ADHD Child

by Dr Robert Myers I often joke that kids with ADHD would make great politicians or lawyers, because they never give up a fight! Trying to cope with a child who argues at the drop of a hat can test the patience of any sane person. Not surprisingly, over the years many parents have asked me what they can do to make the arguing stop. What you can do is help your children turn their ability to argue into a positive trait rather than a negative one. When the word “no” is heard by a child with ADHD, it...

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We Got a Diagnosis for Our Child: Now What?

ADHD, ODD, LDs and More—What a Diagnosis Means for Your Child by James Lehman, MSW A diagnosis is an important piece of the puzzle we are trying to solve when we try to help kids with disabilities learn how to function. Many parents are relieved when they get a diagnosis for their acting-out, “problem child” because they see it as a guideline for the future. They think, “Now we’ll know what to do; this is it— we’ll finally get our child the help he needs.” The truth is that I’ve seen families go through the drudgery of doctors and...

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