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Is Your Child Struggling with OCD? These Healthy Foods May Ease the Symptoms

  • Last Updated: September 13, 2019

For children living with mental health conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a healthy diet and regular exercise are essential for managing the symptoms. So, what is OCD? The Mayo Clinic

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Avoiding These Unhealthy Foods May Ease Your Child’s OCD Symptoms

  • Last Updated: September 2, 2019

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that causes obsessions (illogical, irrational, and baseless thoughts) and compulsive (repetitive) behaviors, often disrupting one’s life. The

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Struggling with Depression? These Healthy Foods May Help

  • Last Updated: September 10, 2019

Did you know that a combination of factors (hormonal imbalances, genetics, chronic illnesses, and high stress levels) can cause you to spiral into the deep depression? Researchers are trying to determine

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Can Autism Be Cured? A Close Look at the “Culture” of Autism

  • Last Updated: August 30, 2019

As an educator and a behavior analyst, this is the question parents ask me the most. The simple answer, as heartbreaking as it sounds, is there is no cure for autism. However, there are interventions that

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The Effects of Having a Parent With Bipolar Disorder – Observations by a Family Therapist

  • Last Updated: August 8, 2019

As a Marriage and Family Therapist and Family Psychologist, I have interviewed and treated many clients who grew up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression). Here are my observations

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Checklist: Autism Spectrum Disorders Symptoms and Signs

  • Last Updated: May 1, 2019

The following checklist is a tool to help parents, doctors, and mental health practitioners discuss symptoms, behaviors, and needs that might relate to Autism Spectrum Disorder. The checklist was developed

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How ADHD, Anxiety, and Other Disorders can Mask Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Last Updated: May 20, 2019

How do we know if our son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or maybe both? Where does anxiety fit in? Does this have anything to do with his constipation

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Checklist: A Tool for Parents and Teachers

  • Last Updated: May 1, 2019

Traditional autism checklists focus on broad areas of strengths and needs. The following checklist was developed by Hannah Grieco, an education and disability advocate, as a tool to help teachers and parents

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Self Evaluation Checklist for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Last Updated: May 1, 2019

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a variety of strengths and needs. The following checklist was developed by Hannah Grieco, an education and disability advocate, as a tool to help your

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Is My Child’s Anger Normal?

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 21, 2019

Anger can look different for every child, but some common anger symptoms in children are irritability, yelling, crying, negotiating, and talking back or being disrespectful with parents. As children become

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Is My Child’s Sadness Normal? Or Is It Depression?

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 21, 2019

Depression is usually associated with adults. The thought of a child being depressed is something that seems unimaginable to parents and caregivers, as depression seems like something that develops as

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When Autism Isn’t Typical

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: June 14, 2019

“Your son is such a rude boy!” The assistant principal at my son’s school spoke loudly, her voice piercing through the phone. I found out later that my five-year-old was hiding under her desk, punching

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Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 2, 2019

It is common to see infants and toddlers upset when separated from their parent or caregiver. Separation anxiety is a normal part of emotional development. By the age of three, children usually learn to

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Separation Anxiety in Children

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 2, 2019

What is separation anxiety? Tears, clinginess, and tantrums are all common reactions to separation from a parent or a caregiver in the early stages of child development. These behaviors are also some of

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The Best Fidget Spinners and Cubes According to Our Psychologist

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: May 1, 2019

How These Toy-Like Gadgets Can Be Used To Improve Your Emotional Wellbeing Hi there, my name is Daniel and I’m a clinical psychologist. In my work as a therapist in a private hospital, I have an appreciation

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Executive Function Disorder in Children

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 4, 2019

Executive function disorder is a term commonly used to describe deficits in the skills that are used to manage life’s everyday tasks — impacting planning, organization, working memory, task initiation,

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Depression in Children and Teens

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham
  • Last Updated: December 23, 2018

Depression is a type of mood disorder that tends to run in families. That is why it is so important to treat depression symptoms as soon as they arise. The good news is treatment can prevent the most

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder Guide (ODD)

  • Last Updated: August 22, 2019

Have you ever wondered if your child’s misbehavior, defiance, or argumentative personality are normal? Have you ever been concerned that your child’s aggression or temper tantrums are becoming a more

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Diet and Supplements for Autism: Examining the Evidence

  • Last Updated: December 23, 2018

If you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder, you may have found yourself exploring or including dietary and alternative therapies as part of your child’s treatment plan. Families of children

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Last Updated: August 22, 2019

What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating, and often chronic, mental health disorder that develops after exposure to a traumatic event. PTSD affects people of all ages, and

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The 5 Best Weighted Blankets for Anxiety – By A Clinical Psychologist

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 22, 2019

Suffering from anxiety? If so, have you thought about trying a weighted blanket? As a clinical psychologist I will be happy to share all of the ins-and-outs with you, so you can determine if these blankets

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Your Guide to Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 22, 2019

It’s normal to experience some degree of nervousness, fear, or worry in social situations. For instance, going on a first date or presenting in front of others can cause one’s stomach to knot up (butterflies

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16 Tips to Help Your Child Get Better and More Effective Sleep

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 23, 2019

Sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing. This is especially true for children, who are experiencing exponential growth in terms of their bodies, brains and emotional lives. During this time of change

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25 Activities to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 4, 2019

Executive functions provide the necessary base for learning and development. They are the brain functions that enable us to focus, plan and organize our behavior. Because of them, we are able to reflect

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The Best Weighted Blankets That Will Keep Your Kid Sleeping Through The Night

  • Last Updated: September 4, 2019

When I meet a parent with a child who is experiencing psychological distress, anxiety, depression, ADHD symptoms, chronic insomnia, or sensory processing issues, I always ask them if their child is sleeping

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Everything You Need to Know About Executive Functions

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 8, 2019

What are the Executive Functions? Executive functions are the set of mental processes that help us get things done. These functions are critical for skills that are important for success in the 21st century,

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A Psychologist’s Guide to Weighted Sleep Masks: Do They Work? And Why?

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 23, 2019

Good sleep is essential for our mental functioning, memory, and wellbeing . No matter the cause, interrupted sleep holds these potential consequences for the sufferer: Impaired mental acuity, Poorer

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17 Activities to Support Kids with Dyslexia

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 8, 2019

If you are a parent of a child with dyslexia, you’ve witnessed the struggle: It is difficult to understand why your brain has such a hard time learning how to read, and it gets even harder when you see

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ADHD Medications & Side Effects: A Summary Chart

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 23, 2019

Below is a chart that summarizes the main medications used to treat ADHD at the present time. Keep in mind that it is not limitless as there are always new developments going on with new medications. Note:

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13 Foods to Avoid if Your Child Has ADHD

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: September 2, 2019

Did you know that doctors have conjectured that certain foods could possibly trigger or worsen attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms? Although research studies are limited when it comes

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7 Foods To Eat If Your Child Has ADHD

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: September 5, 2019

Managing the symptoms of ADHD can be troublesome as an adult, and helping your child manage them can be even more complex and challenging. As a result, I have started to include lifestyle changes like

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The Ultimate Guide to Sleep Disorders and Sleep Problems in Children

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 24, 2019

This guide was written by Daniel Sher, a clinical psychologist at a private practice and a locum therapist at the Western Cape Health Department . Introduction Sleep problems are a widespread issue that

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Prevent PTSD: 11 Things To Do If Your Child Has Been Through Trauma

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 24, 2019

Knowing that your child has gone through a traumatic event is arguably one of the most stressful, devastating, and overwhelming things a parent can experience. And yet, since parents serve as a child’s

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9 Ways to Stimulate Social and Emotional Development In Your Child

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 25, 2019

Note: this article was originally written for parents of children with ASD. However, the advice contained is relevant and helpful to parents of ALL children. Marteo Meo and ASD When your child is diagnosed

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What does it mean to be addicted?

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 25, 2019

The way we tend to think about addiction doesn’t usually awake sympathy or empathy. We connect it to the weakness of the mind to fight the temptation we are faced with. We seem to think that this is

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How Kids with Autism Think and Learn: A Guide for Parents

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 27, 2019

You may have heard the saying, “If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism.” This is a popular saying because kids with autism can be so different from one another. In

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The 5 Best Weighted Lap Pads: Reviewed By a Clinical Psycholgist

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 27, 2019

Have you ever wondered why a hug from a loved one can make you feel so good? Isn’t it amazing that a physical squeeze can translate to an emotional sense of calm, peace and happiness? That’s exactly

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Your Guide to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Last Updated: January 9, 2019

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that is characterized by obsessive or intrusive thoughts that trigger compulsive behaviors. The obsessions and compulsions are so severe

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30 Signs of Anxiety In Children And Teens That You Need to Know

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: April 28, 2019

It is extremely important to know the signs and symptoms of anxiety at various life stages so you can ensure that you and/or your loved ones receive the care they need to live happy and productive lives,

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Paternal Postpartum Depression Guide

  • Last Updated: December 24, 2018

Did you know, if your partner is depressed after the birth of your baby, then there’s a 50% chance you will be too? Paternal depression just isn’t talked about, so it can be difficult for men

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The Difference Between Anorexia and Bulimia

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham PhD
  • Last Updated: May 24, 2018

Eating disorders are actually considered psychiatric or psychological conditions. In addition, they are more prevalent in teenager, than in adults. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,

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Night-Eating Syndrome or Night-Binging Disorder

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham PhD
  • Last Updated: November 14, 2018

Night-eating syndrome (NES), also referred to as night-binging disorder (NBD), is a misunderstood eating disorder that is often linked to the binge-eating disorder (BED) – even though the two conditions

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The Truth About Dyslexia

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham PhD
  • Last Updated: June 16, 2019

According to Sally Saywitz M.D., co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity and author of the best-selling book Overcoming Dyslexia: “Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in reading

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My Experience With Bulimia

  • Last Updated: May 13, 2018

Eating disorders affect people differently, but bulimia is one of the most devastating conditions for your relationship with food in the long-term. This disorder has affected at least 1% of the population

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The Best Weighted Blanket According to Our Psychologist (2019 Update)

  • Last Updated: October 4, 2019

What are the best weighted blankets? We asked our psychologist and here is what she said: As a child and family psychologist, I often recommend weighted blankets to clients who suffer from physical and

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ADHD: What You Need to Know

  • Last Updated: January 10, 2019

From time immemorial adults have envied the energy, passion and spontaneity of children. For the same amount of time, adults have complained about those same qualities. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s

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Being a Mom with ADHD

  • Last Updated: May 13, 2018

Becoming a parent was one of my proudest moments. From the time the strip turned blue until I was heading into the birthing room, I was in a flurry of preparation. I was preparing for this little person,

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ADHD Symptoms and Signs in Toddlers, Children, and Teens

  • Last Updated: March 18, 2019

There are more than 3 million cases of ADHD in the United States every year, making it a very common medical condition. The fact that so many people suffer from it makes recognizing the signs of ADHD in

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Guide

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham PhD
  • Last Updated: December 24, 2018

Autism symptoms vary from person-to-person, but symptoms may include communication and social interactions problems and behavioral issues. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)

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Binge Eating Disorder

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham PhD
  • Last Updated: November 14, 2018

What is Binge-Eating Disorder? Binge-eating disorder (BED) belongs to a family of eating disorders. It generally develops during childhood and varies in severity, risk-level, and outcome. Signs and Symptoms Binge-eating

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The Psychological Effects of ADHD in Children

  • Last Updated: December 24, 2018

ADHD can lead to a host of problems both at home and at school, which can interfere with your child’s ability to succeed in class, with peers, and in their personal life. It is important to note that

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Bulimia Nervosa Guide: Symptoms, Warning Signs, Causes, & Treatments

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham PhD
  • Last Updated: November 14, 2018

Approximately 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. ~ National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.  Written by: Dr Kim Langdon

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9 Ways to Help Your Child with ADHD be Successful at School

  • Last Updated: January 9, 2019

ADHD in School Age Children Did you know that approximately 11% (about 6 million) school-age children from the ages of 4-17 are diagnosed with ADHD? U.S. Department of Education. (2003). Identifying and treating

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Anorexia Nervosa Guide: Symptoms, Risks, Prevention, and Treatment

  • Medically reviewed by Dr. RY Langham PhD
  • Last Updated: November 14, 2018

“Anorexia is the third most common chronic disease among young people, after asthma and Type 1 diabetes.” ~National Eating Disorder Association Written by: Dr Kim Langdon MD Reviewed by: Dr. RY Langham

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Beyond Depression: Anxiety, Psychosis and Other Mental Disorders of Pregnancy and Postpartum

  • Last Updated: October 28, 2018

A summary of the most common perinatal mood disorders by Dr Calra Brock and Rachel Fink.

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Moms With Low Support From Partner & Family – At Risk for Depression

  • Last Updated: March 19, 2018

Low level of social support is commonly cited as a risk factor for postpartum depression.For example, an early review by Michael O’hara and Annette Swain in 1996 (1), reported that, among other factors,

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The Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children

  • Last Updated: March 19, 2018

Though it is not something we like to consider, the fact is that children can develop the same mental health problems as their adult counterparts. Knowing how to recognize these symptoms and support your

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Postpartum Depression: What Every New Mom Needs to Know

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: March 27, 2019

One of the tragedies of postpartum depression (PPD) is that most women who suffer from this illness, do not realize what they are going through, so they end up experiencing needless pain for months and

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Postpartum Anxiety: What You Need to Know

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: March 27, 2019

About 13% of new mothers suffer from postpartum anxiety, yet most people are not aware of the symptoms and most cases are ignored.  In this article we explain what postpartum anxiety is, what the risk

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Postpartum Psychosis: A Complete Guide

  • Last Updated: June 22, 2018

Most people have heard of the terms, “postpartum depression” and “anxiety.” In addition, most new health professionals have been specifically trained on how to properly identify the signs and symptoms

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Case Study: How I Helped My Preteen Daughter Slim Down (No Diets)

  • Last Updated: May 16, 2018

We all want to do what’s best for our child — after all, we’re their ultimate support system and role model. Our actions during their development, can greatly influence their well-being. Based

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My Experience With Postpartum Depression

  • Last Updated: May 13, 2018

You think this is something that happens to others, that you are somehow immune. I became pregnant with my first child when I was 28, after having been married for two years. We had planned it, the timing

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Postpartum OCD: Why We Need to Talk About It

  • Medically reviewed by Kim Langdon M.D.
  • Last Updated: March 31, 2019

Everyone knows that new mother’s are susceptible to postpartum depression.  But did you know that postpartum OCD is also very common? Most people don’t, and that’s exactly why we need

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