Fight or Flight? All of us experience anxiety at some point, even our children. Anxiety in children is very common. Biologically speaking, anxiety serves as a protective mechanism that can either cause us to panic and prevent us from entering into a dangerous situation, or help us escape from one. The concept is [...]
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Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders. The most common characteristics of trauma and stress-related disorders are the absence or ability to experience pleasure, an emotional state of anxiety, depression, or unease, outbursts of anger or aggression, or removal from association (DSM-V, 2013). Trauma and stress-related disorders include disorders in which exposure to a traumatic or [...]
What is ADHD? As one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a continually growing condition among children. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found diagnoses for ADHD increased from 7.8% in 2003 to 11% in 2012. The CDC also reported that approximately 6.4 million [...]
What are social communication disorders? Children with social communication disorders have difficulty with verbal and nonverbal language for social purposes. Social interactions, social understanding, and pragmatics are all areas in which they struggle with. Pragmatics refers to their ability to change their language to suit different social contexts. Children with this disorder do [...]
What is Conduct Disorder? Conduct disorder is often confused with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). However, conduct disorder is typically considered to be the more serious of the two disorders. Individuals with conduct disorder are often described as lacking empathy- they simply have a very difficult time understanding or even caring for that matter [...]