Tag "psychology"

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an often misunderstood condition. Obsessions, as I like to explain to my younger patients, are thoughts that they can’t get out of their heads. Compulsions are the behaviors that they feel like they have to do. › Continue Reading

It’s important for children to be introduced to a wide range of characters in literature. When they read about characters who are different from themselves, their horizons expand. And when kids read about characters similar to themselves, it can help › Continue Reading

Navigating the school years can be challenging for any parent, but can be particularly daunting when your child has ADHD. One of the most crucial first steps at the beginning of each year is to talk to your child’s teacher. › Continue Reading

As a whole, adolescents and teens are getting too little sleep. The deficit starts in early adolescence and typically gets worse each year through high school. In fact, about 75-80% of seniors are getting less than eight hours on school › Continue Reading

This could easily be a satirical blog post where the author writes “250 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Family’s Morning Routine!” Because, let’s be honest, the morning struggle is real. Getting your family out of the house on time, without any › Continue Reading

Starting with my daughter’s 5-year well child visit, I could see she wasn’t a fan of getting shots. At that appointment, she ran out of the exam room in an attempt to avoid getting her 5-year immunizations. Over the years › Continue Reading

Whether your child wants to make an elite soccer team, get an ‘A’ on a test, or simply make more friends, healthy self-confidence plays a key role in making it happen. What’s exciting about kids’ self-confidence is that we, as › Continue Reading

Have you ever wondered how it is possible that you can solve problems around the house, achieve goals at work, or finish a challenging task? This is due to something called executive function (EF). EF is a group of thinking › Continue Reading

Kids will be heading back to school before we know it! Whether your child is excited about the new year or dreading it, this period of time is always an adjustment. So how can parents help their children get mentally prepared › Continue Reading

Kids are not little adults, but they certainly experience many of the same emotions that we do. Anger is something that everyone endures – from “typical” kids to kids who have other health diagnoses like depression, anxiety, or ADHD.  And › Continue Reading

Whenever a type of crisis event happens, such as a terrorist attack, many parents struggle with how to talk to their kids about it. In my opinion, it’s important to discuss these events with them. In all likelihood, they’ve already › Continue Reading

The trend of parents constantly posting photos and information about their children online has been termed “sharenting.” Dr. Natoshia Cunningham, an assistant professor of behavioral medicine and clinical psychology explains concerns regarding this trend. In a recent interview, Dr. Cunningham › Continue Reading

Let’s face it. We’re all stressed, and our teenagers are no exception. They have higher expectations to perform better in school, excel in extracurricular activities and community service, and respond to social media. It’s no surprise that teen stress levels › Continue Reading

Preschool temper tantrums. Every parent has been through it, some of us more than others. Having a preschooler of my own gave me new perspective on this topic, as a psychologist specializing in preschool behavior and development. It was apparent › Continue Reading

It might seem counter-intuitive to have perfectionism and failure in the same sentence. But if your children have perfectionistic tendencies, balancing the relationship between the two can help them cope better with the challenges that most certainly lie ahead. There › Continue Reading

If your child or teen has been struggling with depression, you may be understandably worried. I mention “child” because it is not uncommon for a child to be depressed. While it does not happen as often in children as it › Continue Reading

Aside from the obvious signs like the weather changing, I always know it’s spring time by the number of conversations I have with patients about bugs, insects and creepy crawlies. A fear of the creepy crawlies – and fear in general – › Continue Reading

Chances are that your 2-year-old has a lot of feelings – and expressing those feelings isn’t always easy. These simple activities are a great way to spend quality time with your child – and will help her or him learn about feelings and › Continue Reading

What do you do when you first hear your child swear? It can be quite shocking to hear, and you’ll probably wonder where they learned the language, whether or not they understand what they said, and what to do about › Continue Reading