Is Your Child Depressed?

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry about 5% of children and teens suffer from depression serious enough to interfere with normal functioning. And, not surprisingly, children with learning disabilities have higher rates of depression than their… Read the rest

The Damaging Myth of Normalcy

By the time I was in second grade I thought I was stupid and crazy. Why? Because that’s what I was taught. Those are not thoughts I would have come to on my own. Think about it. We all know… Read the rest

DBT May Help Regulate Emotions

Fifteen-year-old Thomas was diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, and depression. Despite participating in mental health treatment programs, his level of depression increased, and he grew more impulsive and defiant. His relationship with his family became fraught with conflict, anger, and… Read the rest

Dealing with Math Anxiety

Math anxiety occurs when doing math activates the brain regions associated with fear and coping with negative emotions. The anxiety consumes a child’s ability to process information, as well as her working memory resources, and leads to poor performance. Math… Read the rest

Anxiety Problems: Signs & Symptoms

Clinical anxiety conditions—generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, and PTSD—are the most common emotional disorders diagnosed in children. The prevalence rate in 2- to 5-year-olds is 9.5% and rises to nearly 32% in 13- to 18 –year-olds.… Read the rest